RANGOON — A group of four assailants fatally stabbed a man and gang-raped his partner early Wednesday morning near an area slated to serve as a quarter for diplomatic residences in Naypyidaw’s Dekkhinathiri Township, according to township police.
The couple was threatened at knifepoint and brought to the area by four men riding two motorbikes near the capital’s Junction Center shopping mall at about 1 am on Wednesday.
The couple lived in the village of Thabyaybin in neighboring Lewe Township.
The attackers bludgeoned and stabbed the man before gang-raping the woman, according to the surviving victim’s report to police.
“The girl then ran away and reached a security guard. Then she got to the police station in the morning,” a police officer from the Dekkhinathiri Township Police Force told The Irrawaddy. “Police went to the crime scene and found the body of the male victim. We have turned the girl over to her parents and we are investigating the case.”
The male victim was found with multiple stab wounds and police have opened a case on charges of murder and rape. No suspects have yet been detained in connection with the attack.
According to the Naypyidaw Police Force, Burma saw 654 cases of reported rape nationwide in 2012, rising to 734 in 2013. Through July of last year—the most recent data provided—a total of 470 rape cases were filed.