5 jailed for fake rape claim, that led to religious riot in Myanmar

2015-03-25 09:49:50 | Al Muslim News
5 jailed for fake rape claim, that led to religious riot in Myanmar


A court in Myanmar has convicted five people of spreading false rumors for 21 years imprisonment that sparked a deadly anti-Muslim riot in the Myanmar city of Mandalay last year.

The Southeast Asian nation's 2nd biggest city was plunged into deadly sectarian violence in July 2014 when a false rumor that a Buddhist woman had been raped by a Muslim man brought mobs out onto the streets. At least one Muslim and one Buddhist man were killed and more than 20 people were injured in two days of violence which exposed deep religious tensions in the Buddhist-majority country.

A court in Pyinmama, central Myanmar, sentenced five people for spreading rumors and creating panic. One of those convicted was a woman who the authorities said was paid to make up the rape allegation against a Muslim tea shop owner.

A medical examination of the woman “found no sign of rape,†the report said, adding that “after a detailed investigation she confessed that she accused the two men because she was paid.†Such anti-Muslim violence has raised grave doubts about the former military-ruled country’s reform process.

Most has been perpetrated by Radical members of the country’s Buddhist majority against Muslims minority. The unrest has largely targeted Muslims communities, leaving at least 250 people dead and tens of thousands homeless.

Radical Buddhists have been accused of stoking Sectarian tensions with fiery warnings that Buddhism is under threat from Islam. One of these extremist s, monk Wirathu, renowned for anti-Muslim views, was among those who posted about the rape allegation on social media, drawing accusations that he helped to stoke the unrests.

Sectarian clashes have been particularly acute in Rakhine state of Myanmar, with communal fighting that has displaced more than 140,000 stateless Rohingya Muslims.


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