Rights body demands justice for Marma sisters

Rights body demands justice for Marma sisters

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Right activists on Sunday demanded immediate probe and trial of a recent incident where two young girls of Marma community in a Rangamati village were allegedly sexually harassed.

Seeking justice for two Marma sisters, some civil society members under the banner of Nagorik Samaj placed a four-point demand from a press conference held at the National Press Club on Monday.

Advocated Sultana Kamal, human rights activist and former adviser of a caretaker government, read out a statement before the journalists while Khushi Kabir, Prof Dr. Gitiara Nasreen, and Shamsul Huda attended the programme.

They demanded for ensuring proper investigation and speedy trial of the incident, stopping further harassment of the victims and their family, ensuring their security, taking necessary steps for the physical and mental wellbeing of the victims in accordance to the suggestions of their family and Chakma Circle King Debashis Roy, and hand over the victims under Chakma Circle King’s custody.

According to the statement read out at the press brief, during a January 22 night-hour security drive in the district’s Orachhari village under Bilaichari upazila, the elder one between the two Marma sisters in a house was allegedly violated and her younger sibling was sexually assaulted allegedly by two members of a security force.

On January 23 Police filed a general dairy (GD) at Bilaichari Police Station on the incident and admitted the two sisters at Rangamati Sadar Hospital. Now the victims are kept confined in name of treatment under tight security where the law enforcers are not giving access to journalists and rights activists, the statement alleged.

On the other hand, the members of the security forces are threatening the family members not to bring the incident of harassment to public, the statement said.

On January 26, Banchhita Chakma, a member of Bangladesh Human Rights Commission, Ushaton Talukder, a lawmaker, Chakma Circle King Debashis Ray and Rani Yen Yen visited them and asked the hospital authority to put the victims under Chakma Circle Raza’s guardianship as the two girls can speak Marma language only and having difficulties in communicating with others. But the authority refused to entertain the request.

No case has been filed yet over the incident. A Rangamati court took the police GD into cognisance and held a hearing on January 31, fixing next hearing date on February 6.

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