Ensure Indigenous People’s Basic Rights: CHT Commission


Voicing deep concern over the continued ‘impunity’ to perpetrators of violence against indigenous women in the CHT region, the International Chittagong Hill Tracts Commission has urged the government to take effective measures to put an end to the violation of basic rights of indigenous people, including the right to life.

In a statement on Tuesday, it also condemned the recent killing of an indigenous woman, Sabita Chakma, and demanded justice to the victim’s family by providing exemplary punishment her killers.

On February 15 last, Sabita Chakma, a 30-year-old indigenous woman, was raped and then killed allegedly by a group of settlers at Chengi Char of Kamalchhari Union in Khagrachhari Sadar upazila of the Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).

Sabita came under attack as she went to nearby Chengi River to collect fodder for cattle in the morning. As she had not returned by lunch time, her husband along with some villagers went out looking for her and found her dead body at 17:30 pm in a field near Chengi Char.

It is suspected that the day-labourers who were uploading sand onto a truck near the field where her body was found might have killed Sabita. Her husband, Debaratan Chakma, then filed a case with Khagrachhari Police Station against truck driver Mohammad Nizam and four others.

Violence against indigenous women, including sexual harassment, intimidation, rape and murder sexual assault against indigenous women often occur with ‘impunity’ in the CHT region.

Allegations have it that Debaratan was threatened by the perpetrators for filing the case.

Article Source: UNB Connect

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