In­done­sian po­lice re­ject Ro­hingya sex as­sault claims

The China Post - - COMICS -

In­done­sian po­lice on Satur­day re­jected al­le­ga­tions sev­eral Ro­hingya women were sex­u­ally as­saulted by lo­cal men out­side a mi­grant camp in Aceh province.

Four Ro­hingya women, aged from 14 to 28, had said they were sex­u­ally as­saulted by a group of men on Mon­day evening shortly af­ter sneak­ing away from the camp, hous­ing mem­bers of the Myan­mar mi­nor­ity who had ar­rived as mi­grants by boat. The women had been with three chil­dren and two men.

Lhok­se­u­mawe po­lice chief Anang Tri­ar­sono said the med­i­cal ex­am­i­na­tions per­formed on three of the Ro­hingya women found no trace of sex­ual as­sault.

The fourth woman was not ex­am­ined be­cause she later ad­mit­ted she had not been sex­u­ally as­saulted.

“We still have not learned the rea­son why they claimed to have been raped and sex­u­ally as­saulted be­cause we are still con­cerned with their psy­cho­log­i­cal state as refugees,” Tri­an­sono told AFP Satur­day.

Tri­an­sono said the po­lice sus­pected the women made the false claim af­ter they were caught try­ing to leave the camp for neigh­bor­ing Malaysia, the fa­vored des­ti­na­tion for many of the re­gion’s mi­grants.

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