Burma Times Correspondent: August 19, 2015
There are increasing concerns about the fate of the women arrested from Hashurata as sources say brutal torture has been unleashed on them.
Torture of Muslim prisoners is common in Arakan state and in recent times, women have faced the same fate as their male counterparts. In one of the most gruesome incident in recent years, more than forty women and children were killed by a mob backed by security forces in Kiladong of Maungdaw South.
Hundreds have also been tortured to death in custody since 2012.
These women seemed to have been arrested for aiding the shooting of dreaded tabbe Sawdeya Oo. At first, the security forces were searching for their male relatives, i.e. their husbands, brothers or fathers. The arrest of these innocent women is only an act of revenge, allege villagers.
Locals also say the men whom the security forces are looking for have nothing to do with the murder.
Three of the arrested women have been identified as Humaira, Toyeba Khatun and Hanifa. The police have arrested two other women.
The prisoners are not allowed legal aid and have not been granted any visitors.