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Chakma tribal woman raped, victim’s friend found dead

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Chakma tribal woman raped, victim’s friend found dead

Accused rapists escape punishment till date

Aizawl (zoramobserver.com): Even more than a week had passed since a Chakma tribal woman was allegedly raped and her friend allegedly murdered by two Border Security Force (BSF) jawans, the culprits escaped arrest and remain unpunished till date.

The police failed to identify the felons even 8 days after a rape case was registered at Marpara police station on 17 July.

Dead body of Rangabi Chakma found in forest on 21 July.

What is the incident all about?

In a disgusting act, a tribal woman (name withheld), aged around 22, belonging to Silsury village was waylaid and gang raped allegedly by two BSF personnel posted at Silsury Border Out Post (BOP) along the Indo-Bangladesh border in Mamit district of Mizoram.

The incident occurred on 16 July when the victim along with another Chakma tribal woman Rangabi Chakma went to the forest to collect bamboo shoots. The accused not only raped her allegedly but poured acid on her face causing serious injuries on her face and eyes.

“My sister along with Rangabi went to the forest to collect bamboo shoots. On the way they were met by two jawans who were on duty near a firm, few kilometers away from the BOP. The jawans exchanged words with Rangabi which my sister did not know as she could not understand Hindi. As they entered the inner forest Rangabi asked my sister to go ahead as she wanted to pass stool. Then my sister went ahead and it was when she reached not more than 20 meters away, that the two jawans appeared and waylaid her. They stripped off her garment and raped her. When she resisted, the accused BSF personnel poured acid on her face,” the victim’s brother Sakyabroto Chakma told their ordeal to ‘zoramobserver.com.’

He said that the two jawans after raping the victim took her to the main road and left her there.

Quoting his sister, Chakma also said that Rangabi did not come to her rescue and escaped since then.

“I am suspicious that there was a conspiracy and Rangabi have been bribed by the jawans who later allegedly killed her for fear of revealing the crime,” Chakma alleged.

Meanwhile, the decomposed body of Rangabi Chakma, wife of Karna Chakma was found in the forest on July 21, few meters from where the rape incident happened. Rangabi went missing on 16 July after the alleged rape.

The villagers held a protest in front of the Border Out Post of Silsury against the BSF on 17 July and demanded that the accused be identified and handed over to the police.

On 17 July, the Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) from West Phaileng rushed to Silsury to investigate the case.

The rape victim was sent to Aizawl and was admitted at Aizawl Civil Hospital on 19 July where doctors declared her condition ‘out of critical’ but her medical report is yet to be released.

Police officials told ‘zoramobserver.com’ that massive investigation is on to identify the culprits and bring them to book.

NGO silent

Despite the seriousness of the incident which is an utter crime against women, no NGO or human rights activist including Mizoram’s women body, the Mizo Hmeichhe Insuihkhawm Pawl (MHIP) that fight for the dignity of women, has come forward to raise their voice against the heinous crime till date.

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Co-Editor, Zoramobserver.com. Mr. Khojol is a journalist based in Aizawl, Mizoram. He writes for various national and regional media houses. In his free time, he can be caught reading books and watching movies.

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