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Sunday, December 23, 2012

A minor indigenous Marma girl killed after rape in Kaukhali

A minor indigenous Marma girl killed after rape in Kaukhali

23 December 2012

On 21 December 2012 a 14 year indigenous Marma girl named Thomaching Marma daughter of late Suithui Prue Marma of village- Baradulu Para of Kalampati union under Kaokhali upazila (sub-district) of Rangamati hill district was brutally killed after rape by miscreants. The girl was a student of class eight of Kaukhali Girls High School.

It is learnt that on that day at about 3:30 pm the girl went to bring back their cows to nearby bush.  As she was getting late, her mother and siblings began to search around for her and and finally one relative (brother-in-law of girl’s mother) found Thomaching’s naked dead body in bush which is very adjacent to a Bengali settler village namely Nailachari. Primarily, it is assumed that the girl was killed after rape when rapist/s found her alone in the bush.

In the morning time on 22 December, the dead body was taken to Rangamati General Hospital for autopsy. A murder case (no. 03/2012 dated 22-12-2012) was filed against unknown persons with Kaukhali police station under Section 9(iii) of the Prevention of Oppression Against Women and Children Act 2000 by victim’s uncle named Chaithowai Prue Marma. Besides, a General Diary (no. 621) was also filed with Kaukhali police station. But the police are yet to arrest any body.

It is worth mentionable that Baradulu village and its adjacent areas were once populated by Marma people. The Bengali settlers occupied them in the 1980s after driving the Marma villagers from their lands. The Bengali settlers continue their attempts to occupy more land belonging to Marma community. Sources said that a few months ago, Marma villagers planted ginger on their lands but the Bengali settlers destroyed them. The Marma villagers immediately replanted again, and now a case is pending with the Union Council chairman of the area over the disputed land.

Courtesy: Kapaeeng Foundation