October 27, 2016
A mother-in-law and her daughter-in-law were raped in front of each other at Ngaraing Chaung, Buthidaung.
On Tuesday, a military patrol of seven to eight soldiers surrounded a house in the area. Two of the officials went inside the house while the others guarded from outside. Here they proceeded to rape the two women in front of each other. There were no other family members present in the house during this time.
Many women raped by the military do not speak out because of shame or because such incidents further demoralise the male members of their families.
Activists allege the Tatmadaw uses sexual violence against women from ethnic minorities as a weapon of war to demoralise their enemies and destroy the fabric of their communities.
There is a huge military presence in the village tract.