msa April 7, 2017

By Rohingya Eye | April 7, 2017

Maungdaw — A Rohingya woman was penalized by her village administrator in southern Maungdaw on March 31 for erecting fences surrounding her home.

The poor woman identified as Ilm Bahar (35) from the village of ‘Wachcha’ in southern Maungdaw was summoned by the administrator of the village, U Maung Maung Sein, a Rakhine ultra-nationalist, on March 31. The village admin extorted Kyat 20,000 alleging her of illegal erections of fences surrounding her home.

The woman is one of the many victims subjected to the arbitrary actions by the authorities recently.

“The authorities punish women for doing something so that they can move around safe, secure and with dignity within their home premises. Our region has always been calm. So, is the authorities refusing the people to live with security with their homes to maintain peace or to trigger unrest here?” said an elderly man in southern Maungdaw. 

The Myanmar armed forces removed fences from the Rohingya homes across Maungdaw and Buthidaung Townships in October and November last year, when carried out attacks on the Rohingya population at large in the name of ‘Region Clearance Operation.’ After that, with the so-called cessation of the ‘Operation Clearance’ on February 16, 2017, the Maungdaw Township Administrator issued a verbal permission allowing the Rohingya people to install short fences surrounding their homes. 

Following the issuance of the permission, many local Rohingyas installed fences back. But other authoritative departments in Maungdaw have begun harassing the locals and extorting money from them using the fence installation as the pretext.

[Edited by M.S. Anwar]

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