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Sujata Chakma
On 9 May 2012 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers raped and killed an indigenous Buddhist girl Miss. Sujata Chakma (11) daughter of late Mr. Jyotish Chandra Chakma and Ms. Mongala Devi Chakma of Ultachari area of Atarakchara union under Longadu sub-district in Rangamati district. The victim was a student of year 4 of Ultachari Government Primary School. Muslim settlers killed the girl by mutilating on the neck with a sharp weapon.

Bengali settlers rape an 11-year old indigenous Marma girl in Manikchari

On 23 March 2012, 2 Muslim settlers raped an 11-year old indigenous Marma girl at Gorjon Akashi Bagan area under Manikchari in Khagrachari district. On that day the victim who is a year 5 student of a BRAC-run school went to Chowmuhoni Bazaar in Kanchanpur under Fatikchari upazila in Chittagong adjacent to Manikchari to sell coal. When the victim reached Gorjon Akashi Bagan on her way back home alone, Mohamed Saddam son of Serajul Islam from Kanchanpur and his friend Mohamed Anis grabbed her, took her to a roadside jungle and then raped her.

The children who accompanied the victim informed the father Thoi Aungyo Marma of rape. The father along with villagers rushed there and recovered victim from Gorjon Akashi Bagan area in senseless state. The victim was first taken to Manikchari hospital. As the perpetrators were from Fatikchari under Chittagong district, then the victim was again taken to Fatikchari police station on 24 March. A case was filed with Fatikchari police station under Women and Child Repression Prevention Act in connection with the incident. The victim was supposed to be sent to Chittagong for medical test. It is reported that police arrested a rapist named Mohamed Saddam.

The biggest concern in rape and other violence against indigenous women in CHT now is the lack of access to justice and absolute impunity that perpetrators enjoy. In rape cases, the victim ends up going through further harassment from the side of the administration and law enforcers, there have been instances where doctors at hospitals have refused to give indigenous women physical check ups or delayed the physical check ups so that the evidence disappears; there have been complaints about police delaying, refusing to take the case and many have been too afraid to file a case in fear. These and many other administration-led intimidation and harassment ultimately results in the perpetrator getting away with his crime.


Sources:

Kapaeeng Foundation
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)
E-mail: kapaeeng.foundation@gmail.com, kapaeeng.watch@gmail.com
Web: www.kapaeeng.org

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