Police search for monk in rape case
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