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Woman Allegedly Assaulted by Myanmar Soldiers in Rakhine Files Complaint With Police

The woman who was allegedly assaulted by three Myanmar soldiers talks to reporters in Sittwe, capital of western Myanmar’s Rakhine state, July 10, 2020- RFA video screenshot

A grandmother from a village in Myanmar’s volatile Rakhine state has filed a rape complaint against three Myanmar Army soldiers she accused of assaulting her last month, people assisting her with the charges said.

The 36-year-old mother of four children woman told police that she was repeatedly raped at gunpoint by the soldiers during an army sweep of U Gar village in Rathedaung township on June 30, they told RFA.

The soldiers had found her and several relatives hiding in a bomb shelter in their home as they searched for rebel Arakan Army (AA) troops in a campaign that displaced 20,000 people.

The woman, whose name RFA has withheld to protect her safety and privacy, filed charges at the police station in Rakhine’s capital Sittwe on Friday.

The police accepted the complaint and opened cases on charges of rape, abduction with the intent to rape, and abetting a rape offense, those assisting her said.

“I filed these charges because I want justice,” she said. “I have given my testimony of what happened at the police station.”

“I still have many concerns about my security and the security of my family because of what happened. It was very traumatic,” she added, speaking to reporters in Sittwe.

Mya Thuzar, an attorney the Legal Clinic Myanmar’s Sittwe office who is assisting the woman with her case, said police registered her compliant and questioned her on July 10. The following day, they questioned her daughter, who was spared from assault by the same men because she had given birth six days earlier.

“The victim wants justice and proper punishments for the assault, so we are mainly providing legal aid in filing the charges, she said. “We will do our best to help her get justice.”

The woman told police that four Myanmar soldiers entered the housing compound and instructed her to come out of the bomb shelter alone so they could check her ID card.

The three of them who then assaulted her wore uniforms with insignias on their sleeves indicating that they were from Army Division No. 22.

The Myanmar military has rejected the accusation as a fabrication intended to tarnish its reputation.

Military spokesman Brigadier General Zaw Min Tun told RFA in an earlier report that the army investigated the incident and found evidence that the accusation was false.

Support from women’s rights groups

Nyo Aye, chairwoman of Rakhine Women’s Network, a civil society group, said all women’s rights activists in Sittwe support the woman in her quest for justice.

“Women’s rights organizations are all helping the victim to boost her confidence,” she said. “We are all devoted and working together to bring this case to the court and see justice delivered for the victim.”

Nyo Aye added that the woman and her relatives feel stigmatized that she has been labeled a rape victim and by the fact that they are going up against the military.

RFA could not reach officials at the Sittwe Township Police Station for comment.

A local police officer who requested anonymity because he is not authorized to discuss the matter said the case will be transferred to Rathedaung township police since the alleged crime occurred there.

Myanmar troop movements in Rathedaung township forced tens of thousands of civilians to flee their homes in late June and early July following reports of clearance operations against soldiers of the AA, which is fighting for more autonomy for ethnic Rakhines in the state.

The fighting in northern Rakhine and in Paletwa township of adjacent Chin state has killed 266 civilians and injured 576 others between December 2018 and June 29 of this year, according to figures compiled by RFA’s Myanmar Service. Rights groups say as many as 200,000 people have been displaced by the fighting.

Reported by RFA Myanmar Service. Translated by Ye Kaung Myint Maung. Written in English by Roseanne Gerin.

Copyright © 1998-2020, RFA. Used with the permission of Radio Free Asia, 2025 M St. NW, Suite 300, Washington DC 20036. https://www.rfa.org

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Beware of Fake News and Fake Messages on Social Media

Always follow websites or social media platforms of traditional media outlets whether newspapers, magazines,Television News Channels or Radio Stations and authentic online only media outlets.They still maintain journalism excellence and stress on reportorial talent.On the other hand, fake news websites run by people with non journalism background and promote their own ideology with fake news and disinformations and obviously conspiracy theories.

But unfortunately mainstream media also manipulates news to establish their story angle.There were various instances when News papers and TV Channels promoted fake news/conspiracy theories in the form of out of context or manipulated pictures/videos and distorted informations.

Always check the URL of any website.Some fake news websites look like the orginal and popular one the same layout,Logo but if you check the URL you may find extra words like if the orginal website's URL is www.xxx.com the duplicate one might be www.xxx.com.co or something like that so first check the URL for authentic informations.

Check whether photos are original or photoshopped.Check Google images for authenticity.You can find help from Google Reverse Images search.

Check the news sources from other websites whether they picked up the story or not.

Whether the website layout is little bit clumsy and obviously grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes and excessive use of Sex related and sensational and hate stories.Because sex and hate sells.

Follow official websites relating to COVID-19

WHO Clarifies the disinformation about the virus:
COVID-19 virus can be transmitted in areas with hot and humid climates
Cold Weather and Snow can not kill the new coronavirus
Taking a Hot Bath Does Not Prevent COVID-19
COVID-19 Can not be transmitted through mosquito bites

Spraying alcohol or chlorine all over your body will not kill viruses that have already entered your body. Spraying such substances can be harmful to clothes or mucous membranes (i.e. eyes, mouth)

According to World Health Organization (WHO): Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth . If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early.

Stay at home if you begin to feel unwell, even with mild symptoms such as headache and slight runny nose, until you recover.

Follow WHO guidelines

www.who.int

When you follow COVID-19 related news and messages from social media then check and recheck it before consuming it.Follow journalism mantra: if your mother says she loves you, check it out.

Most of the messages or informations quote different organizations like WHO, UNICEF, UNDP,Cambridge University  or other well known institutes,organizations or individual to authenticate the messeges.Check official websites of these organizations  if stories are repeated there

Forwarding messages from unknown sources or little known sources, it would be better to ignore it.

Check whether any logo like UNICEF or WHO or other organizations used in the messages which look similar to original logo.

These type of messages are full of Grammatical mistakes and spelling mistakes which are quite uncommon in original messages.

Don't rely on viral social media messages such as Coronavirus Infected Indian Currencies of Rs.500 and Rs.2,000 Notes Found, Muslim Man Spit in Food At Indian Restaurant.....Always Check Authentic Sources.

Some fake messages pretend to be real one like unofficial Twitter handle of international media organizations like BBC,CNN,Washinton Post, New York Times-check the official Twitter handles of media outlets.

You can identify fake messages if the message requests you to share it.

Beware of Fake News or Fake Photos/Videos Relating to Communal Hatred

Always check the fact checking sites if you have some doubts about the authenticity of any information or picture.

www.boomlive.in

www.altnews.in

https://check4spam.com

https://smhoaxslayer.com

www.factchecker.in

www.allsides.com

www.factcheck.org

www.newsbusters.org

www.politifact.com

www.snopes.com

www.propublica.org

The Same Method Applies to You Tube Videos Check the Source the credibility of the Source.To Check Fake You Tube Videos Check and Recheck the sources. Does the person have the legal right to the video posted? Did that person capture the video? Whether it has been altered?

But due to advancement of technology we can not really wipe out fake news.According to experts advent of  Artificial Intelligence(AI) some companies small or big one developing  technologies that can  lay digitally created script to anybody's voice  even words,sentences never said by the person.Even they a.re developing a technology which can create fake video footage,images,audios like originals.So be cautious! Rumour-mongers are active everywhere whether in physical world or cyber world.

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