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On 22 September 2012 Bangladesh army backed Muslim settlers attacked indigenous Buddhist people in Rangamati. When the indigenous people counter attacked in self defence Bangladesh army took side with the Muslim settlers. 76 indigenous people were injured and numerous indigenous properties were destroyed.

Bangladesh army attempt to rape 3 indigenous Chakma girls in Mahalchari

On 14 October 2012, Bangladesh army personnel attempted to rape 3 indigenous Chakma girls in Mahalchari of Khagrachari district. On that day at 9.30 am 3 indigenous girls of grade 9th to 10th were on their way to Ultachari High School when an army soldier stood in their way at the place 150 yards from the Ultachari camp and tried to pull one of them away by the hands. However, they could somehow free themselves and ran away. The other girls also took flight as fast as they could.

The girls informed the incident to an assistant teacher Mr. Pradip Kumar Chakma when they reached at the school and their guardians at their homes. The guardians of the girls informed chairman of Ultachari union on 17 October. The chairman also informed it to the Mahalchari zone commander Lt. Col. Shahidul Islam. Receiving the allegation, Mahalchari zone commander visited Ultachari camp on 17 October at 12 noon, taking Mahalchari Upazila Nirbahi Officer Mohamed Shahed, Mahalchari sub-district chairman Sona Ratan Chakma and Lady Vice Chairman Kakali Khisa along with him.

The Zone commander heard the statements of the three victims and their teachers at the camp and opined that the allegation against the soldiers was baseless. However, as the incident was just an attempt, the school teachers, students, guardians and local UP members and chairman requested camp commander to keep careful vigilance so that such incident will not be happened in future.


Kapaeeng Foundation
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)

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