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[16days_discussion] Fwd: Bangladesh - Indigenous Girl Raped by Police - Stop Impunity for VAW

radha paudel rpaudel456 at
Mon Sep 10 16:37:36 EDT 2012


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Website Includes AHRC Suggested Actions on Case.


*10 September 2012* - *The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has
received information regarding an incident of rape. An 11-year-old girl has
been raped by a policeman in the Chittagong Hill Tracts. The minor girl has
suffered serious physical, psychological, and social trauma due to the
sexual assault for which the local police initially refused to register a
complaint. Instead of registering the complaint the Atal Tila Police Camp
In-charge offered BDT 1,000 (USD $ 12) to the girl's mother for settling
the matter. Due to tremendous public pressure, a complaint was recorded
with the Dighinala police station. The police authorities have not taken
any action against the alleged perpetrator, other than withdrawing the cop
from his place of duty, which is an 'eye-wash', to protect the policeman,
rather than ensure justice. *


Ruma (name changed), an 11-year-old girl from an indigenous community named
Ruma was raped by a police constable on August 21st, 2012. The crime was
committed in the afternoon, at around 2:30 pm, when Ruma was grazing family
cattle in the Atal Tila Noymile area, which falls under the jurisdiction of
Dighinala police station in Khagrachhari District of Bangladesh. The rapist
policeman has been identified as Md. Russle Rana, attached to the Atal Tila
police camp.

According to information with AHRC, on the afternoon of August 21st, Miss
Ruma, along with her 8 year old sister, left Tapan Karbari Para Village
that falls under the Merung Union Parishad in order to graze cows near the
Ataltila police camp at Noymile area. Ruma went to collect greens and herbs
from a place near the Atal Tila police camp while her younger sister was
grazing the cattle few hundred meters away. Police Constable Md. Russle
Rana saw Ruma alone in the area and forcefully took her behind a bush
adjacent to the police camp, where he raped her. The policeman struck Ruma
on the right hand and right leg with a stick before raping her.

Ruma was left lying in the bush for a while. She later returned home, still
bleeding from the rape. Ruma's mother Ms. Nitya Bala Tripura heard the
story from her daughter and went to the Atal Tila police camp. She insisted
that the on-duty police officer Sub Inspector Mr. Md. Shah Alam register a
complaint regarding the rape of her daughter by police constable Md. Russle
Rana. Instead of registering Nitya's complaint, the police officer offered
her BDT 1,000.00 (USD $ 12) to settle the matter.

Having been refused by the police, Ms. Nitya Bala Tripura contacted the
local village head Mr. Tapan Tripura Karbari of the Noymile village. The
Tripura Students' Forum, an association of students of the Tripura
indigenous community, came to know about the crime. At this stage, the
indigenous villagers gathered at the police camp and demanded arrest of the
rapist policeman. Due to tremendous pressure from the local people, the
police authorities declared that they had withdrawn the alleged rapist Md.
Rasel Rana from the police camp and sent him to the police barrack of the
district. The local people continued demanding arrest of the policeman,
which has not yet been done.

The local pressure helped Nitya Bala Tripura file a rape case (No. 3, date
August 21st, 2012) under Section 9(1) of Women and Child Repression
(Prevention) Act 2000 on the same night with the Dighinala police station.
Ruma was taken to the Dighinala Hospital on the same night for medical
examination. Later, the doctors transferred her to the Khagrachhari Sadar
Hospital, where the doctors confirmed evidence of rape. Since then, Ruma
has received medical treatment at the hospital to heal her injuries.


The term 'rape' or its synonym, is rarely found in the dialects of the
indigenous communities living in the Chittagong Hill Tracts, as according
to them the incidents of rape are almost zero in their communities. If a
girl is raped, like in all other communities, anywhere in the country, it
brings dishonor and social stigmatization to the victim, and her family.

The family of a victim of rape faces difficulty in arranging marriage of
their daughter if the case of rape of their daughter is made public. This
social problem, which follows an incident of rape, regardless of the
identity of the victim – whether she is from indigenous or other mainstream
communities – is not expectedly understood by ordinary criminals. But, when
cops commit a heinous crime like rape, it provokes a serious question about
their professional training and monitoring system.

The policeman, who raped the girl, deserves to be prosecution under the
law. At the same time, the police officer who offered money to the mother
of the victim of rape deserves prosecution as well for his attempt at
covering up the crime committed by his colleague. The attempt to bribe the
mother of the rape victim further reflects the mindset of the police that
fails to match that of a professional police force. This attitude of police
officers forces the people to protest against the authorities, as it
happened in this case. It means that the system does not function to uphold
the rule of law in Bangladesh. Instead, the people, who strive for the rule
of law, have to fight with extra-energy and efforts to make something
happen in the name of the 'rule of law' for which they fail many times and
succeed rarely in the country.

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*Impunity for Violence Against Women Is a Global Concern*

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****14 August 2012 - Governments are urged to act with due diligence to
prevent and investigate violence against women and girls, prosecute
perpetrators and provide protection and redress to victims.****

[image: Afghan rights activists attend a rally to stop violence against
women in Kabul © EPA/S. SABAWOON]This was contained in the report to the
Human Rights Council by Rashida Manjoo, the UN Special Rapporteur on
violence against women, its causes and consequences. ****

She noted that religious, cultural, and social norms and beliefs are
largely the causal factors for harmful practices resulting in violence
against women. Therefore countries’ efforts to comply must also address
these structural causes.****

Globally the prevalence of different manifestations of killings targeting
women is increasing and a lack of accountability for such crimes remains a

“Whether labelled murder, homicide, femicide, feminicide, or ‘honour’
killings, these manifestations of violence are culturally and socially
embedded, and continue to be accepted, tolerated or justified - with
impunity as the norm,” stressed the independent expert reacting to the
latest killing of women in Pakistan and Afghanistan.****

Impunity for the killings of women has become a global concern, a fact
noted by the UN Secretary General BAN Ki-moon when he stated that,
“Impunity for violence against women compounds the effects of such violence
as a mechanism of control. When the State fails to hold perpetrators
accountable, impunity not only intensifies the subordination and
powerlessness of the targets of violence, but also sends a message to
society that male violence against women is both acceptable and inevitable”.

These killings targeting women, Rashida Manjoo decried, are extreme signs
of existing forms of violence against women and are not isolated incidents
that arise suddenly.****

They are rather the ultimate act of violence which is experienced in a
continuum of violence.****

“Failure of States to guarantee the right of women to a life free from
violence” has led to many deaths of women, she adds.****

In her report, she further states that the killings can both be active,
direct or passive and indirect. The direct category includes killings as a
result of intimate-partner violence; killings related to allegations of
sorcery and witchcraft; armed conflict; dowry; gender identity and sexual
orientation as a result of hatred and prejudice; ethnic- and indigenous
identity; and female infanticide and honour killings. ****

The indirect killings she states include deaths linked to human
trafficking, drug dealing, organized crime and gang-related activities;
maternal mortality; deaths of girls or women due to simple neglect through
starvation, ill-treatment and deliberate acts of inaction by the State.****

Killings by intimate partners have significantly been underreported and the
Special Rapporteur states in her report that studies have shown that in
many countries the home is the place where a woman is most likely to be

On killings related to allegations of sorcery and witchcraft, the report
shows that the pattern includes violent murders, physical mutilation, women
being burned or buried alive, displacement, kidnapping and disappearance of
girls and women who are also subjected to “exorcism”. ****

The report further adds that crimes committed in the name of “honour” have
been characterized as being among the most severe of the harmful practices.
The murders are carried out to “cleanse" family honour and are committed
with high levels of impunity in many parts of the world.****

Honour crimes also include stoning, women and girls being coerced to commit
suicide after public denunciation of their behaviour, or being subjected to
acid attacks. These crimes often go unreported, are rarely investigated
and, when punished, sentences are far less than those for equally violent

In her 2012 report, the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its
causes and consequences, Rashida Manjoo from ****South
Africa****underscored that States should adopt a comprehensive
approach in addressing
the gender related killings of women, and offered key recommendations to
that end.****

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