Heavenly Father, we are saddened by the murder of Nusrat Jahan Rafi and the horrific way she was killed. We thank you that this beautiful young woman had the courage to speak out when she was sexually violated, and she remained committed to speaking out even after the ruthless attack against her. We thank you that Nusrat’s parents supported her and we ask that you continue to be with them as they grieve. We pray that Prime Minister Hasina will follow through on her commitment to justice against the sixteen people who have been charged, which includes students, the headmaster, and local politicians. Lord, although this was a truly heinous crime, we are grateful for the attention it has received and the discussion it has prompted. We pray that this will spark a significant culture shift in the way women are regarded in Bangladesh. We pray that victims of sexual harassment and sexual assault can come forward without fear of retaliation, and that all claims will be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly. We pray that women can continue pursuing their education in a safe environment. We are grateful, Father, that you are available to all those who seek you. May this tragedy turn many hearts to you. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Prayer contributed by regular guest prayer blogger Brandi South:
Brandi South resides in Chambersburg, PA, with her husband, their daughter, and their two rescue cats. She is employed at Shippensburg University of PA and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree starting in the fall. Brandi is a member of Grand Point Church in Chambersburg where she enjoys serving on the First Impressions Team as a greeter. Some of her favorite scripture passages are Psalm 25 and Ephesians 2.