Report by Najmul ׀ Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
Written by Saiful Rohin ׀ rvisiontv.com
A married Rohingya Refugee woman was brutally gang raped by Rakib Ullah, local chairman of the Kutupalong area together with his two henchmen on November 11, according to the reliable sources.
The victim is identified to be 24-year-old Hasina, not yet registered by UNHCR, living in the Kutupalong area, Cox’s Bazaar District, Bangladesh. The gang-rape against her by the chairman of the area, Rakib Ullah, and other two local henchmen took place at night in the absence of her husband.
“The chairman, Rakib Ullah, and his two companions sneaked into Hasina’s tent-house around 1:00AM on November 11 knowing the absence of her husband as he went out for his work. They ordered Hasina to open the door of her temporary house. But she didn’t.
Therefore, he together with his henchmen broke the door of her hut down and raped her in gang for two hours. After that, they threatened to kill her in case that she disclosed the rape against her to other people. But her neighbors came to know about the incident.
[blockquote style=”1″] In a country that claims to be one of the finest democratic countries in the world do not have the rights, justice and security for the vulnerable refugees. It is a very sorry situation.
Thus, she left her house in the early morning in fear of the death threats and the arbitrary arrest of her husband. She also feared that she would be treated as a social outcast in the area and the prey of double victimization.
It’s a common case here. Instead of taking stand against the rapists, the rape victims are treated as social outcasts” said an unregistered on condition of anonymity.
Nevertheless, Hasina is not the first rape victim to get assaulted by the chairman Rakib Ullah. He has coaxed or raped many refugee girls and women earlier.
“Rakib Ullah has trapped and cheated a young and beautiful refugee girl promising her that he would marry her. (Her identity is withheld for privacy.) When the girl’s parents came to know his relations with other women and about his background of being a rapist, they politely sent him a message that she had already got married and her husband was away for work.
Hence, the chairman has several times attempted to abduct her from her parents. Therefore, her parents had to send her to a safe place. However, the when the chairman came to know that the parents had sent the girl away, he brutally tortured her parents and brothers.
But nobody takes action against the rapist” she continued.
In a country that claims to be one of the finest democratic countries in the world do not have the rights, justice and security for the vulnerable refugees. It is a very sorry situation.
Some 20,000 Rohingya refugees have been registered by UNHCR under its mandate, whereas thousands are unregistered yet and have been living under squalid and sub-human condition along the Naff River in Bangladesh. Most of them have become refugees through mass exodus of Rohingyas caused by a brutal operation called ‘Operation Pye Thaya’ by the former military junta of Myanmar (Burma) in early 1990s.
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