Riot policemen train outside Rangoon in 2014. (Photo: Soe Zeya Tun / Reuters)
By SALAI THANT ZIN / THE IRRAWADDY| Tuesday, April 28, 2015 |
RANGOON — Local authorities have arrested and charged two police officers from Chin State’s Tonzang Township over allegations of the rape of a 16-year-old girl on the evening of Apr. 11.
The officers, both lance corporals from the small town of 20,000 people, are now in detention at the Tonzang Police Station after a complaint filed by the victim’s father.
“Tough penalties will be given to them and we’ll also take actions against their supervisors,” Col. Myint Lwin, the Chin State police chief, told The Irrawaddy. “We are working to bring them to trial at the district court as quickly as possible. The two have confessed.”
According to Tonzang locals, the accused are close friends of the girl’s family. The pair will be punished by the Falam District Court and the Myanmar Police Force for the crime, according to Myint Lwin.
“We’ll punish them for breaching the police code of conduct. Meanwhile, the district court will also hand down penalties to them for the rape under civilian law,” he said.