18 women arrested and harassed
Burma Times Correspondent: February 26, 2015
Two women were raped in custody as their male relatives were absent during census, according to our local correspondent.
Sixteen other women were also harassed and kept in police custody in Tom bazar, Buthidaung on Monday.
At around 10 am, census officials complained to police that some of the men were missing from the census. Police took immediate action by arresting their female relatives who were present.
The women were first taken to a nearby school and verbally abused. Here fourteen were released after their male relatives showed up for census.
Four others were taken to the camp.
Two were raped by police, according to locals.
On way to the police camp, local Rakhines verbally abused the arrested women.
All the women were released after local people convinced authorities the male relatives would turn up for registration the next day.
The relatives of the raped women were not present because they are labourers dependent on a daily income for food.
But the police allege they were missing from census as a protest against ‘forced Bengalisation’.