Burma Times Correspondent: June 09, 2015
Two female refugees have been assaulted and evicted by their landowner after they failed to pay back a loan.
Zohara Begum and Sitara Begum borrowed 380,000 Bangladesh Taka from their landowner Syed Karim. The money was paid to traffickers for the release of their husbands Abul Kashem and Aman Ullah.
The two men had earlier left for Malaysia on a boat in December after traffickers promised they would not have to pay more than 10,000 taka for the journey. But once they were in Thailand, the trafficking group led by Solim Khan told them they had to pay 190,000 taka each. When they said it was impossible for them to pay such an amount as they were poor fishermen, the traffickers tortured them and called their wives back in Bangladesh. The wives were made to listen to their tortured cries over telephone.
Unable to stand the cries of their husband, Zohara and Sitara approached their landowner, also the former employer of their Syed agreed to pay them the money on condition it was returned over four months.
But the two women defaulted on the loan. On Saturday at around 9am, the women were evicted after a heavy beating.