Girl, 8, raped and starved to death
An eight-year-old girl allegedly raped by a soldier has died at Yangon General Hospital on October 21 of malnutrition.
She was treated at the Yankin Children’s Hospital in Yangon from October 8. Her remains will be buried in Yangon, according to Sittwe elder Than Htun.
She was from Danyawati ward in Sittwe, Rakhine State. Her mother died of leukaemia and the child had since shown signs of mental illness and suffered from malnutrition. She told her neighbours that she was raped on September 22 by a solider who stayed at her house temporarily.
A DNA test is been carried out to support the accusation.
The accused rapist Sergeant Nay Win Aung from Regiment 354 was charged in Sittwe on September 23 but was taken by military personnel to be tried in a military court. It was reported that Nay Win Aung was charged with drinking, absence without leave and defaming the military, according to the Sittwe-based coordination committee of Rakhine social organisations.
If he is found guilty, he will be expelled from the military and transferred to a civilian court and tried again.