Mergui-Tavoy Interview: Naw H---, February 2018

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Mergui-Tavoy Interview: Naw H---, February 2018

Published date:
Friday, September 28, 2018

In this Interview, Naw H--- describes how she was repeatedly raped and physically abused by her employer, Hpa Tee Ng’Htun. At the time, she was working as a maid in the perpetrator’s house, while his wife was away taking care of her sick child.

  • After he raped Naw H--- the first time, Hpa Tee Ng’Htun threatened to kill her if she spoke about this incident. He did not allow her to go back home and continued to rape her repeatedly. Naw H--- became pregnant.
  • In May 2018, Naw H--- gave birth to the child that was conceived due to the repeated rapes. In September 2018, the case was taken to the village head and the village tract leader of Beh Khoh Hpaw Plaw and Tanintharyi Township leaders. Finally, the Myanmar government in Tanintharyi Township handled the case. Hpa Tee Ng’Htun was ordered to give 4,500,000 kyats (US $2,888.97) to the victim for compensation.[1] Once the child turns 5 years old, the perpetrator will have to give a further 1,000,000 (US $641.99) kyats as support in every year until the child turns 18.

Footnotes

[1] All conversion estimates for the kyat in this report are based on the October 2018 official market rate of 1557.65kyats to US $1.

[2] KHRG trains community members in southeastern Burma/Myanmar to document individual human rights abuses using a standardised reporting format; conduct interviews with other villagers; and write general updates on the situation in areas with which they are familiar. When conducting interviews, community members are trained to use loose question guidelines, but also to encourage interviewees to speak freely about recent events, raise issues that they consider to be important and share their opinions or perspectives on abuse and other local dynamics.

[3] In order to increase the transparency of KHRG methodology and more directly communicate the experiences and perspectives of villagers in southeastern Burma/Myanmar, KHRG aims to make all field information received available on the KHRG website once it has been processed and translated, subject only to security considerations. For additional reports categorised by Type, Issue, Location and Year, please see the Related Readings component following each report on KHRG’s website.