Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT) is a military controlled area, where all the news are filtered by the military and the Bangladeshi government.CHT, where blood has shed for decades and hopes were burnt to ashes by the brutes, constitutes of people who want their voice to be heard. We are here to ensure that the voice of these unheard victims in CHT echo around the world despite the Bangladeshi government trying to suppress them in the biased state run media.
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Violence against indigenous Jumma women, such as, rape,
killing and kidnapping etc. are being reported regularly in Chittagong
Hill Tracts (CHT). The biggest concern in rape and other violence
against indigenous women in CHT is the lack of access to justice and
absolute impunity that perpetrators enjoy. From January 2007 to
February 2012, at least 51 incidents of violence against indigenous
women in CHT were reported. In these incidents, 66 indigenous women were
victimized. Of them, 6 Jumma women were reportedly killed after rape in
addition to 31 women were raped. Besides, 24 Jumma women were attempted
to rape and 5 women were abducted. Recent violence against indigenous
Jumma women is as follows:
Indigenous Tripura woman with speech disability raped by Bengali settlers in Matiranga
On 25 April 2012 a
40-year old indigenous Tripura woman with speech disability was raped
by two Bengali settlers at Kiran Master Para of Bamagumti mouza under
Matiranga upazila in Khagrachari district.
It is learnt that
the victim from Babu Para of Matiranga upazila headquarters went to the
house of her uncle Kiran Tripura, a teacher of Apurna Mahajan Para
Registered Primary school under Bamagumti mouza. On that day, Kiran
Tripura and his family were away to attend his father-in-law’s funeral in another village.
Two Bengali settlers
namely Oli Ahmed alias Olia (38) son of Abdul Matin and Zinnat Ali (35)
son of Abdul Aziz, both of them from West Gorgoria Chouddhagram of Bama
Gomati mouza had gone to the house of Kiron Tripura and finding victim
alone, dragged her forcibly to nearest jungle and raped her there.
Victim’s father Tirtho Kumar Tripura is a poor jum cultivator.
No case was filed with
the police so far. However, it is learnt that the Bengali settlers are
trying hard to settle the issue through mediation.
Indigenous Jumma girl raped by a Bengali settler in Manikchari
On 14 April 2012 a
15-year indigenous Tripura girl of Adabari village of Jogyachala union
under Manikchari upazila in Khagrachari district was raped by a Bengali
settler at a hotel in Matiranga upazila.
It is learnt that the
victim has an acquaintance with a Bengali youth from Chittagong who
introduced his name as Durjoy and as follower of Hinduism and worker of
garment factory. At a stage, on 14 April Mr. Durjoy proposed victim to
go Chittagong for finding out a job at garment factory. While the victim
agreed, on 14 April Mr. Durjoy first took her to Matiranga upazila
headquarters and kept her at a hotel for a night and forcibly raped her
there. Next day, they left Matiranga for Chittagong town, but Mr. Durjoy
fled leaving victim alone when they reached at Hathazari area under
Chittagong district. As victim had no penny, she sold her earring for
bus fare and returned on that day.
It is learnt that
arbitration was held at Adabari village, but the victim could not able
to give any information about Bengali youth.
Indigenous Marma girl kidnapped by Bengali settler in Kaukhali
On 17 April 2012 a
14-year old indigenous Marma girl was reportedly kidnapped by a Bengali
settler from Kaukhali upazila in Rangamati district.
It is learnt that on
that day the victim went to Betbunia under Kaukhali upazila to enjoy
Sangrai water festival. During her way back home from Betbunia, a
Bengali youth named Md. Sohel alias Solaiman (25) kidnapped the victim.
Soon after abduction, victim’s uncle Mr. Suila Mong Marma, a
professional football player in Dhaka, informed local administration.
Md. Motaleb, a member of ward no. 1 of Ghagra union under Kaukhali
upazila, assured victim’s uncle to find out the victim and perpetrator.
At a stage, they seized the victim along with Md. Sohel alias Solaiman
(25) from Maizdi area of Noakhali district on 20 April 2012 and handed
over them to Kaukhali police station on 21 April.
The victim’s uncle Mr.
Suila Mong Marma filed a case against Md. Sohel alias Solaiman with
Kaukhali police station under Women and Children Repression Prevention
It is learnt that the
victim lived with her uncle Mr. Suila Mong Marma at Kaukhali upazila
headquarters and is daughter of Ushaila Marma of Bortali village under
Kalampati union in Kaukhali upazila.
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