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Rohingya Girl Gang Raped By Police And Locals In Bangladesh

The Kutupalong Rohingya refugee camp in Teknaf, Cox's Bazaar.
RB News 
March 4, 2014

Chittagong, Bangladesh - 17 year old Samjidah, is a Rohingya girl living in Kutu Palang unregistered refugee camp. She is the daughter of Abul Hussain. Samjidah was raped by two police, accompanied by two locals at 5:45pm on March 3, 2014.

The Rape took place at Kohnson Bannia near Kutu Palang in front of her younger sister. According to local sources, the girl is new comer in Bangladesh. She had fled the Arakan (Rakhine) state for Myanmar to escape persecution by the Myanmar government and extreme racism from local Rakhines.

2-3 months after her arrival at the unregistered camp, she was sent to Chittagong by her guardians for a durational job. After two months of work she left to return to the camp along with one of her much younger sisters.

2 police were involved in the gang rape. Police Mostafa from Gomddom and a (thus far unnamed) sub-police station policeman. The two local men are Zashim Driver, son of sayed Ahmed, from the same village of Kohson Bannia and Jodiya Borua, son of Babul Lal Borua, from Gomddom Borua para village.

Local witnesses said that the situation of the girl was very serious She was last seen by locals to be unconscious. The criminals took Samjidah and her sister into custody. Their location and fate unknown. Their family left with uncertainty. 

Sexual violence, Early and forced marriage and are all too common for Rohingya females who have fled the Arakan (Rakhine) state of Myanmar for Bangladesh. Significantly more so for those living in unregistered camps and ghettos. 

There is no legal recourse for those who commit such atrocities to the Rohingya women and children. There is no law written to protect them nor a desire to do so by the Bangladeshi government.

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