Three rape convicted soldiers sentenced to 20 years in prison
Soung Zarchi and Ein Soe Pru
Narinjara News, 12 December 2020
A military tribunal in Sittwe has sentenced three Burmese soldiers to 20 years of imprisonment with hard labours for raping a 40-year-old woman in Rathedaung township, 20 miles north of Rakhine State’s capital city of Sittwe.
The convicted soldiers, Aung Myo Min (private number 545202), Min Thura (private number 537321) and Maung Myint Lwin (private number 49272), represent the 206th Light Infantry Battalion.
One of them was charged under Section 71 of Armed Forces Act (376), Area Crimes (366) Section 71 of Armed Forces Act and Section 35 (e) of Armed Forces Act against the charges, said Daw Nyo Aye, chairwoman of Rakhine Women's Network.
Another one was charged under Section 71 of Armed Forces Act (376) and Section 47 (1) of Armed Forces Act. The third one was charged under Section 376, Section 71 of Armed Forces Act and Section 47 (1) of Armed Forces Act.
It may be mentioned that on 29 June, the accused soldiers forcefully took the lady out of her residence at U Ga village under Rathedaung township as her family members were hiding inside and later they raped her one by one.
The victim and her daughter lodged a complaint at Sittwe number one police station on 10 July against those three soldiers. She was supported by some women activists. The perpetrators were alter tried under the laws since 3 December at Sittwe military tribunal.
The 11 December verdict was satisfactory to the victim lady.
“I am satisfied. Now they have to spend 20 years behind the bar,” said the lady while talking to Narinjara News.