Burma Times Special Report: June 03, 2015
They did not come to Arakan for any worldly desires. All they wanted was to propagate Islam in this part of the country, a message for the hereafter. Little did they know that the angel of death was waiting for them.
It was June 3, 2012. As their bus made their way through Tangup, they were attacked by a group of savages who feared their religion for its inherent goodness.
The ten Muslim men from Yangon did not stand a chance against the blood crazed Buddhist mob. Within minutes, their brains and bones mixed in the soil of the land where they had come to preach their beautiful message.
Later the mob would claim that these men were among those who raped and murdered a young Buddhist woman Thida Htwe.
What really happened to that unfortunate woman remains a mystery. What is certainly known that these 10 men were not remotely related to the criminals.
Many media reports have said that Muslim men were behind the crime. These media should be informed that a man who rapes cannot be a Muslim. So it is possible that men belonging to Rohingya community had committed the rape. But they are not Muslim anymore. Those men if found guilty should have been punished. But Muslim men, who spread a message of Islam that decries crimes like rape and murder should not have to pay for it.
Others say that the entire rape and murder has been orchestrated to ignite the genocidical campaign that would follow in the coming hours. They point out that without prior preparation it is very difficult to organise an ethnic cleansing campaign of this magnitude that would follow in the next coming days. A rape and a murder is always a good way to stigmatise an entire community and start a riot.
One thing would however be clear in the coming says – – the orgy of rape and murder was reserved for the Muslims.