By M.S. Anwar ׀ Sunday, August 24, 2014
Rathedaung, Arakan State ׀ rvisiontv.com
The Rakhine Buddhist nurses in Buthidaung General Hospital brutally beat up a 65-year-old Muslim woman and killed her mentally challenged son on August 7, according to a reliable source.
The old lady was a converted Muslim, originally a Buddhist. The reports say that her conversion angered the nurses and caused them to commit the crimes. The whole tragic story has been narrated by a local Muslim in Rathedaung as mention below.
“Daw Fatema is a 65-year-old Muslim Woman and local of Thin-Gana village in Rathedaung Township. She is a Thek (Chakma, Saak) by ethnicity. She was an orphan and adopted by a Muslim family when she was 7 years old. She converted into Islam then and has been a pious and good natured woman ever since.
She has three sons and two daughters. But of them, four have been forced out of the country by the country. They have been persecuted by the authority because they converted from Buddhism into Islam. Only one son who’s mentally challenged and physically weak remained with her.
His name is Fazlul Haque and he’s of around age 38. He has five children: four daughters and one son.
Daw Fatema fell seriously ill on August 6. But Muslims can’t go to the downtown of Rathedaung for treatment due to the danger posed by Rakhine extremists. Thus, the next day, she went to Buthidaung Township to get admisi to Buthidaung General Hospital. Her son went along with her as her caretaker.
It was the evening of the day as she got admission to the hospital. She was waiting in a treatment room of the hospital for the arrival of doctors or nurses. Meanwhile, her son went out to buy some foods.
A few Rakhine Buddhist Nurses arrived in her room soon. Since her look and physical appearances differ from the majority local Muslims, the nurses asked her what ethnicity she belonged to, what religion she practiced and if she could speak Rakhine Language.
She answered the questions honestly and told them about her background. Upon just that, the nurses started beating her brutally on her face and body with the medical tools and the packet of medicines.
Her son arrived at the scene by then and witnessed the nurses beating up his mother. Therefore, he tried to prevent the nurses from beating his mother. The nurses stroke him on his head with a steel tool and gave him an injection.
Soon afterwards, he passed away. The lady was helpless. She lost her son and got beaten instead of treatment. Besides, she was discharged from the hospital without any treatment” recounted a local Rohingya in Rathedaung as per the narration by the victimized lady.
“She came back to her village and is still struggling with her illness. No one is there to take care of her. No one is there to take actions for the injustice carried out against her and her son. Is there any hospital in the world that kills patients on the basis of race or religion except for the hospitals in Arakan state?” he exclaimed and continued.
Rakhine community considers Thek (Chakma) to be a sub-ethnic people of Rakhine ethnicity. And their infamous slogan is that ‘Rakhines and Buddhists are synonymous and hence, one.’ For them, one has to be Buddhist to be Rakhine. They disown any Rakhine from their ethnicity if he/she happens to convert to other religions.
A few months ago, Hasina Begum (age 28), two months pregnant and a mother of a child, was killed by Rakhine nurses in Sittwe General. Read the report: HERE. There are many similar tragic stories. Note: This photo is not related with the above-mentioned report. But it is a similar tragedy.
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