Attempted rape of 11-year-old girl in Ye City

September 15, 2017

On August 26th 2017, a 17-year-old man attempted to rape an 11-year-old school girl in the An Na War Quarter of Ye City, Ye Township, Mon State. The girl’s grandmother reported the case to the Ye City Police the next day.

On the evening of the incident, the girl’s grandparents were sleeping in their bedroom, while their son, their 12-year-old grandson, and the 11-year-old girl were sleeping in the front of the house. The grandmother was awoken when her brother living in the house next to them began shouting her name around 1 am in the morning. Upon rising the grandmother saw the door to the house was open. The grandmother then heard shouting from her granddaughter and exited the house to find the girl outside without any pants.

When asked, the girl told her grandmother that the perpetrator — who had previously lived with them in the house for two weeks — had taken her outside while she was sleeping and attempted to rape her. When the girl awoke, the perpetrator told her not to shout out and threatened her with a knife. Then he grabbed her and took off her pants. However, the girl immediately shouted for help and called for her grandmother and the perpetrator ran away.

The girl’s grandmother said, “She goes to school every day. We encourage her and do not talk about it [the incident] to her anymore because we are worry that she may feel bad. Her health is well and even among her friends we do not allow them to talk about her problem. We want everything to happen in accordance with the law. It has affected her whole life and I feel unhappy for my granddaughter.”

The perpetrator was arrested by the Ye City Police and charged under Myanmar Penal Code Section #376 (Punishment for rape) and Section #511 (Punishment for attempting to commit offenses punishable with manual labor or imprisonment).

Although the perpetrator has been arrested and charged, the grandmother reported that the police have not yet informed them of the next steps.

 

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