Friday, November 4, 2011

KWAT concerned for Kachin woman arrested by government troops

Friday, 04 November 2011 22:30 Phanida

Chiang Mai (Mizzima) – The Thailand-based Kachin Women’s Association – Thailand [KWAT] said it is concerned for the safety of a Kachin woman who has been held by the Burmese army for eight days, urging the government to release her.

Government Infantry unit No. 321 based in Loije arrested Sumlut Roi Ja, 28, on October 28. She is from Khaiban Village in Loije sub-township in Momauk in Kachin State.

Sumlut Roi Ja, a mother of a 14-month old daughter, was on a farm with her husband, Maru Daung Lwan, and her father-in-law, Maru Zay Daung, when three government soldiers arrested them, alleging that they were soldiers in the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Sumlut Roi Ja’s husband and father-in-law escaped the same day.

KWAT said that Sumlut Roi Ja was raped during her detention.

Mai Ja of KWAT’s Maijayang branch said: “When we saw her on October 31, the clothes she wore were not her former clothes. At around 4 p.m., four soldiers took her to a dugout in their camp. The next day, we did not see her.”

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