Attempted sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl in Halockhani

June 14, 2017

HURFOM: On May 24th2017, a 26-year-old man attempted to sexually assault his 13-year-old neighbor in the Sin OrTaung Ward of the Halockhani Internally Displaced Person (IDP) settlement site near Three Three Pagodas Pass, Karen State.

The girl and her three siblings had been spending nights with an elderly neighbor, as her parents were working and sleeping in the plantation fields. On the night of May 24th, her younger brother had fallen asleep while watching a video at their parent’s house, so she stayed the night there to look after her brother as she could not carry him to the neighbor’s house.

At midnight, Mg A—, holding a headlamp for light entered the house and raised the girl’s skirt in an attempt to touch her thigh. The girl was awake and Mg A— told her not to shout out. However, the girl cried, “U A— came into my house,” and called for her elderly neighbor.

Mg A— ran away and escaped via the back of the house, leaving his headlamp behind. When the girl cried out, no one except the elderly neighbor appeared as most of the neighbors are Mg A—’s relatives.

The next morning, the girl called her mother and after discussing the incident with her school’s principal, they reported the case to the village headman. The village headman did not take action immediately;however, Mg A— was arrested on May 26th2017 and aninvestigation was started.

During the investigation, the abuser replied that he knew nothing about the incidentbecause he was intoxicated with drugs.

Mg A— is currently being detained at a nearby base of the New Mon State Party (NMSP).

This is the third incident of sexual violence against children in Mon State and Mon areas of southeast Burma occurring in May 2017 that HURFOM has received. On May 4th, a 16-year-old girl was kidnapped and raped by a relative and on May 15th a 3-year-old girl was raped by a 35-year-old male leaving her in critical condition.

Sexual violence toward children in Burma is an increasingly visible and controversial. For a more in-depth discussion of the issue, see HURFOM’s March 2017 report, ‘Cracks in the Silence: Sexual violence against children and challenges to accessing justice in Mon State and Mon areas of southeast Burma.’

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