May 29, 2017
Buthidaung- Three women were raped by the military when joint forces launched an operation in Buzzaikong in Kyan Taung on Sunday, according to sources in the area. As they entered the restive village tract, they got hold of all the women and gathered them find in a field.
At this time, three women were taken aside and raped by Tatmadaw personal.
The men had earlier left the area as any male found is arrested, tortured and even killed since the start of recent operations in the area.
Dozens of women have been raped in the Kyan Taung area since the second week of May after the army launched operations to destroy suspected rebel bases near the village.
The remote areas of Buthidaung have been tense since April and many including infant children have been killed, according to testimonies collected from refugees who had fled to Bangladesh in recent weeks. However, owing to the remoteness of the area, information has been very difficult to get and the incidents of killings and rape have mostly gone undocumented.
Rights groups have alleged the Tatmadaw uses rape as a weapon of war to demoralise ethnic minorities and destroy the fabric of their society.