Rakhine woman on the run for embracing Islam
Burma Times Correspondent: October 10, 2015
A Rakhine woman who converted to Islam has been on the run almost continuously for the past three years.
Speaking to our correspondents, the woman who declined to be named and preferred not to disclose her current location said she was wondering from door to door with her children to escape security forces and Buddhist nationalists.
The woman converted in 2007 and later married Rohingya man in Shamila of Rathedaung township. Since then, her relatives had tried to convince her to abandon Islam and her Rohingya husband.
When the riots erupted in 2012, her husband was kidnapped by Buddhist nationalists and severely beaten. He was then handed over to the police who accused him of inciting riots and produced him in the court on trumped up charges. He was sentenced to 14 years in prison.
The Rakhine woman was also taken hostage and handed over to her relatives who confined her in a Buddhist temple and ordered her to revert back to the ancestral religion. Four days later the woman escaped. But a Rakhine mob backed by security forces chased her to Shamila and when she was not found, the house was torched and the police warned Rohingyas in the area with severe consequences if the woman was protected.
Since then the woman ran away to a different township where she has been leading a wandering life with her five children for the last few years.