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Chanchala Chakma victim of Bangladesh Police firing
On 30 June 2013 Bangladesh police opened fire on indigenous Buddhist people in south Khabongpujya area of Khagrachari district. An indigenous Buddhist woman identified as Chanchala Chakma (50) was seriously injured by the rubber bullets.

Bengali settlers rape an indigenous Buddhist girl in Shuvolong

On 25 July 2013, a Muslim settler raped a 13 years old indigenous Chakma girl in Shuvolong of Rangamati district. The Muslim settler was identified as Mohammad Malek (20), son of Mohammad Idris of Rupbanmukh area. The victim is a student of grade five of Paittyachara Primary School under Shuvolong union.

It is learnt that, the victim went to Rupbanpur area from her village Paittyachari by boat while she was looking for their cattle at noon. She met Mohammad Malek on her way of searching cattle, and asked him whether he saw their cattle in nearby areas. He had answered that he saw many moving and herding cattle in nearest jungle. Soon, she started heading towards the jungle, and Malek also followed her steps silently. At one stage, he raped her forcefully when he found her alone in isolated jungle. The rapist fled away after getting beat up by the girl’s paddle.

The girl informed her parents about her rape incident upon her return home. Immediately, the girl’s parents including some village respected brought a complaint against the culprit to a local Muslim leader Mohammad Alam Foraji. Following the allegation, on that day, Mohammad Alam called for arbitration as an immediate action with the presence of local elderly people of village. Malek was present there, and did agree that he was involved with the incident. The local arbitration group wanted to settle down the case by paying taka 5000 (around US$ 60) as compensation for the victim. The victim family returned home without receiving money, as they were not happy with the punishment.

The victim bled profusely and was admitted to Rangamati Hospital. A case has been filed with the Barkal police station against the perpetrator. The rapist is yet to be arrested by the police.


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