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Attempted rape on a teen Jumma girl

Hill Watch Human Rights Forum
NEWS No. 56/2007, December 07, 2007

A teen aged Jumma girl has been subjected to sexual assault in Ramgarh
under Khagrachari district.

Miss Apruma Marma, aged 10, (father’s name Ramau Marma) was on her way
back home from school when an illegal Bengali settler named Shahin
(30) from Gochchabil cluster village in Manikchari Thana attempted to
rape her. The incident occurred at around 4 p.m. on 4 December 2007,
Tuesday.

As the settler seized her, she screamed for help and Jumma people from
nearby areas rushed there and rescued her. However, by the time they
reached there, the culprit escaped from the scene.

Apruma Mrama lives in North Hafchari village under Ramgarh Thana. She
reads in class five in Wakchari Government Primary School.

No case has been filed in connection with the incident so far. The
army has stepped up its presence and vigil to protect some 14 settler
families who live near the house of Miss Apruma Marma.

These Bengali families were settled in 2006 in Rimrong Para and
Wakchari after displacing many Marma families. Since then, the Marma
people have been living under the shadow of fear of attack from the
settlers.
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