Rohingya Religious Scholar in Critical Condition due to Tortures in Prison
By Rohingya Mirror
Buthidaung, Arakan State (Rohingya Vision) – An (imprisoned) Rohingya religious scholar has been in critical condition in Buthidaung Prison for almost two weeks due to severe tortures by the Burmese (Myanmar) jail authorities, the reliable sources say.
The victim was innocent but arrested by the Border Guard Police (BGP) and sent to the prison in 2014 under the arbitrary charge of getting married to a woman without their (the BGP’s) permission. He is identified to be Mv Arafat Ahmed hails from Quarter 9 of ‘Punnya Lake’ village tract, Buthidaung Township.
An eyewitness who went to see his relative in the prison on the condition of anonymity said “he has been severely tortured. The jail authorities — Police Captain Myo Hein; and his subordinates, U Zaw Win and U Thet Naing – brutally beat him on December 14 and December 15 respectively.
His health has become critical since then. He can’t eat, get up, walk and even talk due to the tortures. He has been being fed through Tubes/Pipes since then.
But it is highly unlikely that he will survive. He is facing a gradual death.”
The Rohingya needs to apply for marriage permissions from different government departments which is complex and takes years to be obtained. Obtaining permission from one department doesn’t suffice but is required every government department. Else, they are arrested by the authorities from whom they don’t obtain the permission.
It has been learnt that the torture victim didn’t get married to anyone but arrested by the BGP in the ‘Punya Lake’ village for being an influential religious scholar.
“Even though he did get married, it is a small issue and not the way to be dealt with. The way they have been torturing him is extremely brutal and inhumane” the above-mentioned eyewitness continued.
[Edited by M.S. Anwar]
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