On 6 January 2013 one of the alleged perpetrators Md. Alauddhin s/o late Mafijur Rahman who was believed to rape and kill a 14-year old indigenous girl Thomaching Marma at Kaukhali upazila in Rangamati district was arrested by the police. Sources also confirmed that the arrested perpetrator raped another indigenous Marma girl at same some couple of months ago.
It is reported that the arrested person along with another three settler youths namely Md. Selim Khan, Md. Dider s/o Badam Soudagor and a son of Sahabuddhin used to go to jungle regularly to collect firewood. It is alleged that a few months ago, Md. Alauddhin raped another indigenous girl at the same spot. The case was settled internally by local people fining taka 5,000 as a compensation of rape case. The same miscreants were believed to have been involved with the rape and killing of Thomaching Marma with an aim to occupy land belonging to indigenous Marma villagers.
Thomaching’s uncle Mr. Chaithowai Prue Marma initially filed a case against unknown persons, but later on, Mr. Aisamong Marma, UP member of Kalampati union in Kaukhali upazila submitted the names of aforesaid suspected settler youths to the Kaukhali police station. Though, one of them Md. Alauddhin was arrested by the police, but other three suspected perpetrators went fugitive. On the other hand, a vested fanatic group became active to get Md. Alauddhin release on bail from the court.
A minor indigenous Marma girl killed after rape in Kaukhali
On 21 December 2012 a 14 year indigenous Marma girl named Thomaching Marma daughter of late Suithui Prue Marma of village- Baradulu Para of Kalampati union under Kaokhali upazila (sub-district) of Rangamati hill district was brutally killed after rape by miscreants. The girl was a student of class eight of Kaukhali Girls High School.
It is learnt that on that day at about 3:30 pm the girl went to bring back their cows to nearby bush. As she was getting late, her mother and siblings began to search around for her and and finally one relative (brother-in-law of girl’s mother) found Thomaching’s naked dead body in bush which is very adjacent to a Bengali settler village namely Nailachari. Primarily, it is assumed that the girl was killed after rape when rapist/s found her alone in the bush.
In the morning time on 22 December, the dead body was taken to Rangamati General Hospital for autopsy. A murder case (no. 03/2012 dated 22-12-2012) was filed against unknown persons with Kaukhali police station under Section 9(iii) of the Prevention of Oppression Against Women and Children Act 2000 by victim’s uncle named Chaithowai Prue Marma. Besides, a General Diary (no. 621) was also filed with Kaukhali police station. But the police are yet to arrest any body.
It is worth mentionable that Baradulu village and its adjacent areas were once populated by Marma people. The Bengali settlers occupied them in the 1980s after driving the Marma villagers from their lands. The Bengali settlers continue their attempts to occupy more land belonging to Marma community. Sources said that a few months ago, Marma villagers planted ginger on their lands but the Bengali settlers destroyed them. The Marma villagers immediately replanted again, and now a case is pending with the Union Council chairman of the area over the disputed land.
Source: Kapaeeng Foundation
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