The case of a female Burmese migrant worker who says she was gang raped in Phang Nga, southern Thailand, is to be presented in court, Grassroots Human Rights Education said today.
On October 13, a gang-believed to number around 10-is understood to have entered the workers’ accommodation where the woman and her father lived. The gang tied up the father and daughter, along with 15 other people present, and proceeded to beat and rape the daughter.
The woman, who does not wish to be named due to her status as an illegal immigrant, was hospitalized for two days and given counseling after attempting suicide. The father also sustained injuries to the head. Both victims are from Mon State in southern Burma.
Authorities have so far been unable to apprehend the gang members, although local police are believed to be in possession of pictures of the suspects.
GHRE director Htoo Chit confirmed that the group was helping prepare the case, alongside the Thai Human Rights Commission, the Lawyers Council of Thailand and the Migrant Assistance Program Foundation.
LCT and MAP Foundation have a strong track record of successfully helping migrant workers with legal assistance and protection. In late September, they helped secure the conviction of four Thai citizens following the murder of six Burmese migrant workers in Mae Sot on the Thai-Burma border.