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Border Guard Police Publicly Beat Rohingya Mother-Son Duo

By Rohingya Eye

Maungdaw, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) — Myanmar’s Border Guard Police (BGP) publicly beat and tortured a Rohingya woman and her 8-year-old son in Maungdaw Township last Wednesday.

It happened in ‘Kyauk Hlekar (Baalu Khali)’ village in northern Maungdaw as the young boy was temporarily looking after their domestic cattle.

“While an 8-year-old son of U Imran, 38, was looking after his family-owned cattle, one of the cattle entered the premise of BGP camp of the commandment area (နယ္ေျမ) 6 (in Baalu Khali village). A BGP staff came out of the camp and beat him. And he took the boy on his shoulder and smashed him (the boy) on the ground.

When his mother, be 31-year-old (Mrs.) Mubarack Khatun, heard of his son getting brutally beaten by BGP, she came out of her home and went to the BGP camp to inquire what had happened to her son. Again, the above-mentioned BGP personnel dragged her out of the camp, beat her and kicked her publicly.

Since she was unable to suffer any more tortures and public humiliations, she had to run away,” said an eyewitness on the condition of anonymity.

“Now, the mother and son duo is severely injured and unable to walk on foot. They are unable to go to doctor for treatment either because too poor to afford the doctor’s charges,” he continued.

It has been reported that earlier, an ox belongs to U Abdu Karim, 42, a relative of Mrs. Mubarack Kahtun, has also been captured and held by the BGP in the camp. The market price of the ox is around Kyat 500,000. The ox hasn’t been returned to him yet.

The villagers complain that the Border Guard Police frequently behave like gangsters against them and harass the people without any reason. They request the higher authorities of Myanmar to carry out investigations and take the necessary actions against them,

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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