Burma Times Correspondent: November 27, 2015
A fisherman left his wife after she was raped by an influential local man in Shaplapur, Bangladesh.
On the night of November 15 at around 2am, the husband was out on the sea when the landowner, also the owner of the boat where the fisherman worked came to the room of his wife. Local refugees could hear the forced entry and understood a rape was going on but did not protest as the boat owner was an influential man. They however reported the incident to the husband when he came back the next day.
The husband grew furious on the wife and immediately divorced her. He did not however protest the incident to the boat owner who had committed the rape. Since then he has left the area.
Many woman raped by influential local man in Shaplapur have been divorced by their husbands but the perpetuators are left unpunished and the refugees often don’t protest the incidents. The rapes happen usually when the fishermen are out on the sea. Most of the refugees based in Shaplapur are heavily dependent on the boat owners on whose boats they toil to earn an income and say they have to starve without their cooperation.
An eviction drive by authorities earlier this year displaced thousands of refugees from the Shaplapur coastal area making the Rohingyas more dependent on the boat owners as they have to squat in their houses and land area. This has also given boat owners increased access to the households of the Rohingyas.