I am Ukhengching Marma and I am an indigenous girl fromChittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh.I am glad to be part of this group because I always have wanted to share the stories of Indigenous Women from Chittagong Hill Tracts, Bangladesh. I wanted to share their teers, their sufferings to the global platform like World Pulse where I could learn the stories from the women across the globe who are fighting against the gender violnce cases and have raised their voices.I belong to an Indigenous group called "Marma" in Bangladesh and we the indigenous women are subjected to sexual violence due to raise fear among the minority indigenous communities.Another reason is to create tension among such communities to have them evicted from their ancestral lands in order to eventually grab the properties.Another important reasonsfor committing acts of violence against indigenous women are culture of impunity and political influence.I strongly beleive citizens of the country Bangladesh , indigenous women have the rights to get justice and they should demand justice for all the violence perpetrated against them.
I consider social media has provided the opportunity to speak up. Around 10 years ago , the sexual incidents against Indigenous Women in my place could not come out to the national or international media due to lack of internet connection or communication. And numerious these type of cases were hidden due to the political pressure from Bangladesh Govt itself. But now stories are being shared, spreaded and people are not apprehensive more to speak up. Specially the sexual violence cases are coming out to the light and perpetrators are being caught. This year one 8 years old Marma girl was raped and I stood up along with other volunteers to spread the case in the media through facebook to get attention from the national level and international level. My writting on this case was able to bring concern among many people and cited by Amnesty International's Country Coordinator's journal.
Here is a true story of an eight years old Indigenous girl who was raped by a 48 years old guy from a Majority Community:
I also beleive violence against women not only comes physically but also virtual way. We can see also some evil effects of social media where some evil minded people try to humilate girls or woman by spreading nudity or unrespectful posts using vulgur words. Few days ago , i saw a post about one of my known young girl indicating her contact information and relationships and private life.The public post caused humilation of the girl in social media and infront of many relatives and known person. Then I immediately took action with other online activitists by reporting the page and the page was shut down by facebook community.
I am also expecting to hear many stories from the sisters of this group and lets stand against any type of Gender Violence
Please Consider read my another post here: