Teacher Charged with Raping Students in Irrawaddy Division

By Salai Thant Zin 30 September 2016

RANGOON – Police arrested a high school teacher in Irrawaddy Division’s Kyaiklat Township on Thursday for allegedly raping two of his students, according to the Kyaiklat Police Force.

Ko Yan Naing, a 29-year-old history teacher at a basic education school in Shwenyaungbin Village, confessed to raping a 15-year-old student five times in the teachers’ staff room and a 14-year-old student three times in a classroom, Police Captain Htin Aung of Kyaiklat Police Force told The Irrawaddy.

“The teacher told his students to attend an extra class on a holiday,” said the police captain. “He asked [the 15-year-old student] to help him check homework in the teachers’ staff room. After failing to seduce her, he used force to rape her.”

“It happened the same way the next four times,” said U Htin Aung. Ko Yan Naing attacked the girl a total of five times in July this year.

In August, he raped the 14-year-old student three times. “[Ko Yan Naing] and the girl live in Kanyingaing Village, so he told her they could go home together after school.  Then, he raped the girl in the classroom,” the police captain told The Irrawaddy.

The history teacher has been working at the school in Shwenyaungbin Village since Oct. 2014. He previously worked at two schools in Maubin Township.

According to a local from Kanyingaing Village, one of the victims’ classmates told her parents about the incidents. The classmate’s parents contacted the victims’ parents who coaxed answers out of the two girls and reported the case to the police.

The teacher has been charged under Section 376 of Burma’s Penal Code.

Translated from Burmese by Thet Ko Ko