Shocking Child Rape Sparks Angry Protest

Hundreds march in Myanmar over appalling crime
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 6, 2019 10:42 AM CDT
Protesters Demand Justice for Raped 2-Year-Old
People shout slogans as they march during a protest in Yangon, Myanmar Saturday, July 6, 2019.   (AP Photo/Thein Zaw)

Hundreds of people marched to Myanmar's Central Investigation Department on Saturday in Yangon to demand justice for a 2-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at her nursery school in the country's capital in May, the AP reports. A 29-year-old suspect, Aung Kyaw Myo, was rearrested on Wednesday and charged in the case the next day, Myanmar's deputy police chief, Aung Naing Thu, told reporters on Friday in Naypyitaw, the capital. Aung Kyaw Myo was initially arrested in May but was released by a court due to a lack of evidence, and many people in Myanmar have taken to Facebook to say he has been wrongfully accused.

Human Rights activist Nickey Diamond, who joined Saturday's march with his family, called on the government to form a special investigation committee. "Myanmar has signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it has to protect children," Diamond said. "As far as we could see from the government investigation activities and the statements that police put out, we have seen some dubious facts." The girl was 2 years, 11 months old when she was allegedly raped at her school on May 16. Her mother opened a complaint at a police station the following day, according to local media reports. Marchers on Saturday held banners and wore white shirts with "Justice for Victoria" emblazoned on them. Victoria is the nickname that people in Myanmar have given the young girl.

(More Myanmar stories.)

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