March 22, 2017
Buthidaung- 12 Rohingya men were arrested by the Tatmadaw in northern Buthidaung for ‘marrying without permission’.
On Sunday, Tatmadaw forces made these arrests from the village tract of Pabe Chaung.
The arrested men were beaten up and asked to pay half a million kyats for their release. Many of the arrested however hail from very poor households and their family members say they are unable to come up with such a substantial amount of money.
The arrested men are still in custody.
Under the laws of Arakan state, Muslim men are forbidden to marry without the permission of authorities.
However sources say most of these men had married only after the due formalities were conducted.