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Rape of Ety Chakma: HWF stages protest rally

News No. 12/2009, March 9, 2009

The Hill Women’s Federation, a front organisation of the United People’s Democratic Front (UPDF), today brought out a procession and staged a rally in Khagrachari in protest against the rape of Ety Chakma in Dighinala. (photo attached)

The procession took off from Red Square and paraded the main road of the town before ending at Swanirbhor Bazaar.

Thereafter, the processionists held a rally which was presided over by Rina Dewan, President of HWF Khagrachari District Unit. Konika Dewan, Organising Secretary of the HWF and Arpan Chakma, Secretary of PCP Khagrachari District Unit, also addressed the rally.

The speakers condemned the rape of four-year old girl Ety Chakma and demanded immediate arrest rapist Mostafa Mian.

The leaders regretted that no perpetrator of human rights violations has ever been arrested and punished, and added that “the life of the Jumma women will never be safe and such kinds of incidents are bound to recur until and unless the army and settlers are withdrawn from the Chittagong Hill Tracts.”

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