RAPE, SEXUAL ASSAULT OF MARMA SISTERS

NHRC body finds law enforcers’ intrusion

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Mar 06,2018 | Updated: 00:01, Mar 06,2018

 
 

A fact-finding committee formed by the National Human Rights Commission to probe into the allegation of rape and sexual assault of Marma sisters in Rangamati has prepared its report.
It was evident that at least one law enforcement agency member in uniform entered the house of the Marma sisters in the remote hills of Orachari at Bilaichhari on the night of the incident, said a committee member committee.
The sisters, aged 17 and 14 years, were alone at their rickety home when the intrusion took place at about 2:45am on January 22, found the committee.
The victims’ parents were away at Jhum for collecting raw materials for making straw brooms, they used to sell for earning a livelihood, committee members revealed.
‘The determination of what happened inside the house following the intrusion requires a thorough investigation,’ said a committee member.
The committee considered the response law enforcement agencies made to one of their members being accused of the offence gave grounds to the allegation, said the member.
The committee recommended a thorough investigation involving the ministries of home and defence.
Asked about the report, the commission chairman Kazi Reazul Hoque said that he was yet to get it.
The commission formed the three-member fact-finding committee on February 18 giving it a week to look into the allegation and prepare a report.
The commission decision to look into the matter came three days after law enforcers allegedly took the victims from a Rangamati hospital against their will.
The victims, after being admitted at Rangamati General Hospital a day after the attack, had said that the attackers were wearing army uniform, an allegation denied by the army. 

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