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Friday, October 7, 2011

An indigenous Jumma woman killed brutally in Khagrachari

On 1 October 2011 a Jumma woman was brutally killed at Kamalchari area in Khagrachari district. The deceased was identified as Ms. Protima Chakma (32) wife of farmer Priti Bikash Chakma of Kamalchari village under Khagrachari sadar upazila (sub-district) in Khagrachari district.
It is learnt that Protima Chakma went out of house along with the mid-day meal for her husband at noon on that day and since then she was missing. Around 8:00 pm villagers recovered her body in a ditch. Villagers found two legs of the deceased fastened and neck mutilated. It is reported that Ms. Protima Chakma wore a necklace made of gold. That necklace might be the cause of the killing.
At about 11:00 pm police and army rushed there and took away the dead body to Khagrachari police station and on next day in the morning the dead body was sent to Khagrachari district general hospital for autopsy.
Victim's husband filed a case with Khagrachari police station against a Bengali settler named Md. Rafiq of Bhuyachari cluster village under Kamalchari union. It is reported that on that day Md. Rafiq along with another Bengali settler from Bhuyachari cluster village was seen to ramble at that area. No body was arrested till the report writing.
It is mentionable that due to the non-implementation of the CHT Accord, Jumma women are still not safe. Killing, rape and kidnapping, in particular, is reported with regularly. Very recently, in July 2011, 4 indigenous women were raped by Bengali settlers. In September 2011, two cases regarding sexual molestation and violence have been received.

Kapaeeng Foundation
(A Human Rights Organization for Indigenous Peoples of Bangladesh)
Shalma Garden, House # 23/25, Road # 4, Block # B, PC Culture Housing, Mohammadpur, Dhaka-1207, Telephone: +880-2-8190801
E-mail: kapaeeng.foundation@gmail.com, kapaeeng.watch@gmail.com

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