Authorities Find Rape Case Causing Mandalay Unrest Was Faked 

A crowd joins a funeral procession in Mandalay for a Buddhist man who was killed during clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in early July. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

A crowd joins a funeral procession in Mandalay for a Buddhist man who was killed during clashes between Buddhists and Muslims in early July. (Photo: The Irrawaddy)

RANGOON — The alleged rape of a Buddhist woman by two Muslim men that triggered religious violence in the central Burmese city of Mandalay was fabricated, authorities said Sunday.

A Home Ministry announcement published in the Myanma Ahlin newspaper said a third Muslim man had sought to frame the two owners of a tea shop because he blamed them for his being charged earlier with the rape of one of his female employees.

The unrest earlier this month was tamped down after a few days, but demonstrated how volatile ethnic and religious tensions remain in predominantly Buddhist Myanmar, where several hundred people have been killed since 2012 in sectarian violence.

Rumors that the tea shop owners had raped one of their employees set off attacks on Muslims and mayhem over several days that left one Buddhist and one Muslim man dead, 14 other people injured and property damaged.

A nighttime curfew was imposed, and 49 people were charged with murder, grievous hurt, arson and disrupting public order, while a few hundred others received warnings for breaking curfew-related regulations.

The Home Ministry’s report said the woman who filed the rape complaint with police and claimed to have been employed by the tea shop owners confessed that she was promised $1 million kyat ($1,000) and carefully coached to make her rape claim. It did not identify her religion, and said she never had worked at the tea shop.

It said the middlemen who organized the affair were also believed to have arranged another fake rape incident against a court official against whom they bore a grudge. The woman knew them because they had offered to help get her husband acquitted of a drug charge.

The past few years of sectarian tensions originated with another rape case in 2012 in the western state of Arakan. Although some details of the rape remain murky, it set of a wave of rioting that has left up to 280 people dead and 140,000 others homeless, most of them Muslims attacked by Buddhist extremists. Tensions remain high in the area.

3 Responses to Authorities Find Rape Case Causing Mandalay Unrest Was Faked 

  1. “”Although some details of the rape remain murky””, Very important point about Rakhine conflict. Unless the Judiciary free, independent and non bias, the community will suffer. While the Muslims’s suffering are rather catastrophic and inhumane, the sufferings Rakhines may be of long term in economy, development and political perspectives. . The Rakhine State will never be the same again for the both communities and the breeze along beautiful Sittwe Point will blow tender and bitter for several years. However, fishermen in the turbid water ( overseas investers and corrup bussiness parters)may be happy, excited and jovial!!!

  2. We all know that who are used to make these kind of fabricated stories in our country. It is good to be patriotic but need to be patient and wise to listen two sides and then use the brain whether it is acceptable or not before start by physical action. What a shame to let properties and live loss believing on fabrication. It is mandatory to respect the complain by immediate investigation as quick as you can without corruption to come up with the justice. People who did the fabrication should be brought to justice. Burmese government needs to be very careful not to let happen again by studying who have a tendency to make fabrication. By having and keeping such people in the country is very dangerous.

  3. Peace and justice can establish in Arakan region provided both community must accept. There is will there is a way.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available. Comments with external links in the body text will be deleted by moderators.