The Thandwe Township Court has sentenced two Muslim men to 15 years in prison for rape, according to police, in a case that acted as a catalyst for the deadly inter-communal violence that has wracked southern Arakan State in recent months.
Rumors that a young Buddhist woman had been raped by an ethnic Kaman Muslim man sparked violence in the area in June that saw four Muslim homes destroyed or razed to the ground.
The relatively minor outbreak of violence preceded events between Sept. 29 and Oct. 3, in which seven people were reportedly killed and scores of homes were torched in Thandwe as Buddhist mobs attacked local Kaman Muslims in seven villages surrounding the coastal town.
Kyaw Aung, a police inspector in Thandwe Township, told The Irrawaddy on Monday that two Muslim men, Min Naing and Naing Thu, were on Oct. 21 found guilty of raping a Buddhist woman in June.
Read full story http://www.irrawaddy...e-violence.html