Po­lice search for monk in rape case

The Myanmar Times - - News -

KALAYWA town­ship po­lice are search­ing for a monk from a re­mote Sa­gaing Re­gion vil­lage ac­cused of re­peat­edly rap­ing a 10-year-old girl.

Po­lice have ac­cepted a case against the monk un­der sec­tions 376 and 295 of the pe­nal code for rape and de­fil­ing a place of wor­ship.

Ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim’s mother, the girl was raped nearly a dozen times be­fore her friend told her par­ents on Septem­ber 16. The par­ents re­ported the case to po­lice on Septem­ber 21.

“Town­ship po­lice told us that they will try to seize the monk as soon as pos­si­ble and have con­ducted a med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tion of the girl,” said Ko Kyaw Thet Win from the Chind­win Youth Net­work, which has been as­sist­ing the vic­tim’s fam­ily.

“The par­ents were told about the crime last month from [their daugh­ter’s] friend. The vil­lage monk was giv­ing snacks to the girls that were laced with medicine. The other girl was told to wait in a room while the monk lead [the vic­tim] away. [The friend] didn’t know what was hap­pen­ing be­cause of the drugs in the snacks,” he said.

The mother of the vic­tim said her elder daugh­ter was also raped by a neigh­bour eight years ago. “At that time, we didn’t pur­sue a crim­i­nal case but ac­cepted money to set­tle it. We are very poor,” she said.

The town­ship Sangha as­so­ci­a­tion re­leased a state­ment on Septem­ber 30 say­ing the monk had been dis­missed from the monastery and al­ready left.

The monk faces a max­i­mum com­bined sen­tence of up to 12 years’ im­pris­on­ment. – Khin Su Wai

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