Hundreds of protesters have marched in Yangon in the midst of fierce over the alleged rape of a two-year-old girl following a viral online campaign in a case that has left the Myanmar community.
The alleged incident took place in the country's capital Naypyidaw in May, but a public campaign escalated last week after the girl's father spoke to local media and waited for her anger at the lack of progress in the study.
He gave details on how his daughter came back from kindergarten with injuries that doctors told him was the result of rape. The girl was two years and 11 months old when she was allegedly raped in her school on May 1
A 29-year-old suspect, Aung Kyaw Myo, was accused on Wednesday and accused the next day, said Myanmar's deputy minister, Aung Naing Thu, to reporters Friday in Naypyidaw.
Public was incredibly gathered for CID to claim justice for victoria
– Cape Diamond (@cape_diamond) July 6, 2019
Aung Kyaw Myo was originally arrested in May but was released by a court for lack of evidence.
Many in Myanmar went to Facebook to say that he had been mistakenly accused and that the actual culprit was large.
Human rights activist Nickey Diamond, who ended Saturday's march in Yangon with his family, urged the government to form a special committee of inquiry.
"Myanmar has signed the Convention on the Rights of the Child and it must protect children," Diamond said. "From the government's investigative activities and the statements made by the police, we have seen some dubious facts."
Marchers on Saturday kept banners and brought white shirts with "Justice for Victoria" emblazoned on them. Victoria is the nickname that people in Myanmar have given to the young girl.
Police Lieutenant Zar Mae Phone Ram said 1,200 people attended in March, while Aung Htike Min, one of the organizers, said more than 6,000 attended.
"We also have a young daughter in our family. We do not want this kind of thing to happen again in the country," said Hnin Yu Marn, 39-year-old business manager who joined March with his family. "We want justice. We don't want any innocent to be accused."
Aung Htike Min said that March was organized to "demand justice" before adding: "We want transparency."
Government expert Zaw Htay said on his Facebook page on June 30 that the president's office wants justice for the girl, but that an investigation would take some time.
A new children's law will soon be signed would allow the police to open cases even though no one is pushing taxes.
NEWS: People in Yangon are taking the streets today to demand justice in a rape case. Thousands of protesters march to the criminal justice department's headquarters to demand justice for rape victims Victoria, a small child from the Wisdom Hill School. Photos: Nyan Zay Htet pic.twitter.com/1T7RgoVObN
– Myanmar Times (@TheMyanmarTimes) July 6, 2019