November 8, 2016
Tatmadaw forces raided the restive village tract of Lound Don once again on Monday.
During the raid, the security forces accompanied by Burmese settlers (Natala) forced many women to strip and then touched them in their private parts and made lewd comments. When two elderly women protested the sexual molestation, soldiers and settlers brutally assaulted them, causing serious injuries.
The raid started at around 10am, in the neighbourhood known as Haati para in the local dialect. The Tatmadaw ordered the women to strip on the excuse they were hiding illegal money in their private parts.
Lound Don has been under continuous assault in the last few weeks with Tatmadaw committing numerous offences of a sexual nature, including rape of at least a dozen women, and forcing scores to strip in public places. Even when an UN inquiry team visited the area last week, soldiers on duty to guard the diplomatic mission raped women, including a minor girl in an isolated hill top settlement.
Activists from ethnic groups say the Tatmadaw uses rape as a weapon of war to demoralise minority communities.
In one raid in Haati para, soldiers also urinated inside a mosque and desecrated the holy Quran.