A pragmatic solution must be sought(1)
Two young female volunteers from Kachin Baptist Convention (KBC) were brutally raped and killed in Kaungkhar village, Pan Sai Township, Muse District in northern Shan State on the night of January 19.
The two teachers, both 20-year-olds, were sent there by the KBC, a religious organisation which is influential over Kachin nationals and Kachin Independence Organisation.
But the problem concerns not only Kachin nationals but all the ethnicities living in Myanmar. There were many instances of ethnic women being raped and murdered in conflict regions in the past. Cases of physical assaults were also common.
The case of the two Kachin teachers will be more than an ordinary criminal case. The truth behind the case should be unveiled as soon as possible.
The sketch map shows the locations in a 300-yard radius of the crime scene (Photo-Google Earth)
The photo shows foot prints (cricled) near a pile of firewood beside the bodies of two teachers (Photo-EMG)
The rapist of a Peruvian woman in Kyaikthiyo faced 43-year jail term. Another culprit of an attempted rape case over an American woman was sentenced to life imprisonment. The proceedings of these cases finished in no time. Both of the offenders faced with the penalties much heavier than their actions.
A case has been filed under Section 302 of murder charge at Kyugoke Police Station, Pan Sai Township for the case of two Kachin volunteers. But this is not an ordinary felony but an unearthly gruesome rape-and-murder case.
Ten civilians and 30 soldiers from No. 503 Infantry Regiment under the North-East Command were questioned because the women were raped and murdered while the regiment was stationed in the village. Required forensic tests were conducted as well. Still, it is yet to identify the offenders.
Besides Kachin organisations, civil society organisations have called for a probe into the case. The US Department of State also weighed in and called on Myanmar to bring the perpetrators to justice on January 21.
Kaungkhar village in Nant Taung village-tract – the area where the tragedy took place – is located between Muse and Monekoe and only 10 miles away from the Muse 105th Mile trade hub.
First of all, it is within the reach of the rule of law. Secondly, it is located by the tarred road where the military columns used to pass through.
Further, troops from No.503 Infantry Regiment under the North-East Command arrived on the morning of January 19 and spent the night in Kaungkhar Village at the time of the incident. more on to read all
KACHIN NATIONAL ORGANIZATION (KNO) CONDEMNS RAPE AND MURDER OF TWO KACHIN TEACHERS AND CALLS FOR INQURY ON CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY
Funeral of the two Kachin teachers who were raped, tortured and killed on January 19 by Burmese Military. The funeral prayer service was held at AD 2000 memorial hall, Kacin Theological Collage, Myitkyina.
Two ethnic Kachin volunteer school teachers of the Kachin Baptist Convention were raped and then killed the Burmy Army soldiers from 88th Light Infantry Division in the village of Kawng Hka, Nam Tau Township in Muse region of northern Shan State on 19.01.2015.
Images of the two women’s mutilated bodies quickly spread on social media, coupled with unsubstantiated rumors that the pair had been gang-raped by Burmese soldiers. The cause of death and the incident of rape have not yet been confirmed by medical professionals.