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Ministry of Defense Accepts Responsibility for Attempted Rape of Mon Woman

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Letter from the Ministry of Defense Promising to Investigate the Attempted Rape.
Letter from the Ministry of Defense Promising to Investigate the Attempted Rape.
Min Lyon – The Ministry of Defense (MoD) is going to investigate the attempted rape of a Mon woman in January allegedly carried out by Second Corporal Ye Linn Htun of Artillery Battalion 315, based near Thanbyuzayat Township.

Immediately after the incident a Mon State organisation wrote to Dr. Banyar Aung Moe, Amyotha Hluttaw (House of Nationalities) representative of Ye Township Constituency No. 7, Mon State,

It asked for action to be taken against the perpetrator, regardless of his position in the army.

Dr. Banyar Aung Moe reported the case to the MoD and urged U Kyaw Nyut the MoD vice-minister to take action over the case.

In response the MoD sent a letter stating that Second Corporal Ye Linn Htun would be detained at the battalion base from 26th January 2014. An investigation group will be set up to investigate the allegations and if the Second Corporal is found guilty he will be punished.

Dr. Banyar Aung Moe said that on Wednesday 5th March Mi Myint Thant, the Pyithu Hluttaw (House of Representatives) member for Ye Township constituency, Mon State, met and discussed the case with a MoD representative .

The victim, Mi Cho, a 43-year-old mother of six children, is a Mon woman from Wae-rat village, Thanbyuzayat Township.

She was severely beaten during the attempted rape in January and her injuries were so serious she had to be moved to Rangoon Hospital in the second week of February.

She had to undergo brain surgery because she was beaten around the head with a rock. She also had to have an operation on the muscles and bones of her left little finger, which her attacker had tried to bite off, according to Mi Jae Jae Nyi of the Mon Democratic Party (MDP).

Mi Jae Jae Nyi said: “She has had her finger operated on and is waiting to have the stitches removed, but she is suffering from psychological problems. The mention of soldiers or memories of the incident traumatize her. Because of this trauma she will have to stay in hospital for another two weeks.”

The medical costs are being covered by the Women’s League of Burma, the Karen Women’s Association and the Network for Peace and Democracy.

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