A Teenage indigenous girl raped by Bengali Settler in Shuvolong

On 25 July 2013 around 12:00 pm-1:00 pm a 13 years old indigenous Chakma girl was raped by a Bengali settler namely Md. Malek (20), son of Md. Idris of Rupbanmukh area of Shuvolong union under Barkal upazila in Rangamati district. The victim is a student of grade five of Paittyachara Primary School under Shuvolong union

It is learnt that, the victim went to Rupbanpur area from her village Paittyachari by boat while she was looking for their cattle at noon. She met Md. Malek on her way of searching cattle, and asked him whether he saw their cattle in nearby areas. He had answered that he saw many moving and herding cattle in nearest jungle. Soon, she started heading towards the jungle, and Malek also followed her steps silently. At one stage, he raped her forcefully when he found her alone in isolated jungle. The rapist fled away after getting beat up by the girl’s paddle.

The girl informed her parents about her rape incident upon her return home. Immediately, the girl’s parents including some village respected brought a complaint against the culprit to a local Bengali leader Md. Alam Foraji. Following the allegation, on that day, Md Alam called for arbitration as an immediate action with the presence of local elderly people of village.  Malek was present there, and did agree that he was involved with the incident. The local arbitration group wanted to settle down the case by paying taka 5000 (around US$ 60) as compensation for the victim. The victim family returned home without receiving money, as they were not happy with the punishment.

The victim bled profusely and was admitted to Rangamati Hospital. A case has been filed with the Barkal police station against the perpetrator. The rapist is yet to be arrested by the police.

A Pangkho girl tried to kidnap by a Bengali settler in Rangamati

On 29 July 2013 at around 11:00 am a 11-year old Pangkho girl was tried to kidnap by a Bengali settler from the place near Rangamati Police Line Government Primary School in Rangamati town.

The local Jumma and Bengali residents rushed there and rescued the girl while the girl was shouting. The kidnappers fled the place. The girl was returning home after attending private tuition. The victim is a student of grade IV of Rangamati Mission School.

The guardian of the girl informed the incident with Kotwali police station. However, no case was filed in this regard.

On 31 July 2013 residents of Jumma and Bengali caught perpetrator from fishermen colony near DC Banglow area of Upper Rangamati. He was identified as Md. Arif. He is a fisherman by profession from Moheshkhali area of Chittagong district. He was handed over to the police.