arrested on charge of rape!
Mrebon, 27th March 03: A Burmese police constable, Htway Thein (La
182811), was arrested in Mrebon
Town, in the middle part of Rakhine State
in western Burma
on charge of rape, according to our correspondent.
The constable has been charged with raping a minor girl of ten from Kyauk Nganwa village under Mrebon Township.
The father (U Kyaw Nyein)
of the victim lodged the case on behalf of her daughter on 13th this month. The alleged rape took
place a day earlier in a nipa palm garden near the
village. The accused was serving at the Kyauk
Nganwa village police station.
Though previously there was a number of incidences of such rape in Rakhine State,
the perpetrators, if they were members of law enforcement agencies, were
transferred elsewhere to Burma
proper without even getting a scratch, it was learnt. But since the
publication of the Licence to Rape, a human rights
violations report by the Shan Women’s Action Network, the Burmese junta have issued strong directives to take immediate action
and address the charges, if any.
The arrested constable rapist was immediately closed and interrogated according
to the police laws before being produced before the court. #