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Mizoram: Alleged BSF rape horror, decomposed body of rape victim’s friend found

Source: | Monday, July 24, 2017

22/07/2017: The decomposed body of a Chakma tribal woman identified as Rangabi Chakma (picture above), wife of Karna Chakma was found today, a week after she went missing in the forests near Silsury Village in Mamit district of Mizoram. The deceased went missing on 16th July, the day two alleged BSF personnel of Silsury Border Out Post sexually assaulted her companion Dangubi Milebo Chakma (name changed) when the two went to the forest to collect bamboo shoots.

It is not clear whether Rangabi Chakma had been sexually assaulted. The nearest hospital at West Phaileng is about 88 kilometres away.

As The aPolitical earlier reported on 20th July:

“On 16th July, a tribal woman named Dangubi Milebo Chakma (name changed), d/o Prada Ranjan Chakma of Silsury Village was waylaid and gang raped allegedly by two BSF personnel from Silsury BOP when she along with another Chakma tribal woman went to the forests to collect bamboo shoots. While Rangabi Chakma, w/o Karna Chakma escaped, the two BSF personnel allegedly raped Dangubi Milebo Chakma.
The brutality did not stop at that. When the victim resisted rape, the accused BSF personnel allegedly poured acid on her face (photo above). She suffered serious injuries on her face including her eyes.

The whereabouts of Rangabi Chakma is still unknown.”

On 17th July, the Sub Divisional Police Officer (SDPO) from West Phaileng rushed to Silsury to investigate the case. The victim Dangubi Milebo Chakma in her statement to the SDPO reportedly stated that she was raped by two BSF personnel who then rubbed a cloth filled with acid on her face.

With the killing of Rangabi Chakma, the accused have systematically eradicated the lone witness in the rape of her friend.

The Mizoram Police need to act swiftly to arrest the two accused BSF personnel based on the statement of the rape victim.


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