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Sexual assault victim of Lama

On 30 July 2011 Muslim settlers sexually assaulted a 15 years old indigenous Buddhist girl in Lama of Bandarban district. The settlers attacked the indigenous people who went there to rescue the girl. The Muslim settlers murdered 3 indigenous Buddhist people.


Bangladesh army attempt to rape an indigenous Buddhist girl at Gulshakhali

On 28 September 2000, a Bangladesh army personnel named Rafique from the army post of Kakurmara Ashrayan Project tried to rape an indigenous Chakma girl named Miss Ripana Chakma (14) d/o Chijigula Chakma of Gulshakhali village under Naniarchar in Rangamati district. Ripana Chakma along with one boy went to collect firewood from the forest near the army post. At that time, Rafique and Lance Nayek Mamun were at the sentry post. At first, Rafigue tried to lure Ripana by giving her Tk 110, but she refused to take the money. Then he tried to forcibly give her money. Ripana started shouting and could manage to escape.

This matter was taken up with the camp authority and investigation was made by personnel of Directorate General of Forces Intelligence (DGFI). On 4 October 2000 Ripana and her father Chijigula Chakma and PCM members Mr. Panchanan Chakma and Durbasa Muni Chakma (ex-Chairman of Sabekhyong Union) were called by the army authority at their camp. The army authority told them that they made investigation of the incident and found that it was totally false. The army authority compelled them to sign a paper in which the same statement was written. However, Chijigula Chakma filed a case against the Rafique and Mamun at Naniarchar police station. But no action was taken against the army personnel.

It is notable that government of Bangladesh undertook Ashrayan Project on housing in CHT through Bangladesh army. The indigenous people protested against army involvement and demanded postponement of the project as it was not consistent with the socio‑culture of indigenous people. Rather, they demanded rehabilitation in accordance with the CHT Agreement through the Task Force. But the army authority forcibly settled 10 indigenous families at Kakurmara Ashrayan Project and set up an army post so that the families settled there could not escape.


Sources:

PCJSS (Parbatya Chattagram Jana Samhati Samiti)
E-mail: pcjss.org@gmail.com, pcjss@hotmail.com
Website: pcjss-cht.org

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