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Reports of Rape On the Rise in Burma

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The number of rapes reported to Burma’s police last year was the highest in five years, according to official figures highlighted by activists on Monday, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Hundreds of women gathered in the shadow of Rangoon’s Shwedagon Pagoda on Sunday and Monday to for speeches and performances to mark the United Nations-designated international day.

Tha Zin Mar, from local NGO Charity-Oriented Myanmar, told the audience that police figures recorded a rise in rape in Burma last year, and that rape was now the second most commonly reported serious crime in the country, behind murder.


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