Ma Thida Htwe remembered in Arakan

( Rambree, 30 May 2013): Ma Thida Htwe, a young woman victim was remembered gracefully by a youth group in  Kyauk Pru, the second largest city of Arakan State of Burma. The occasion was Ma Thida Htwe Memorial Day observed on 28 May last.

The participants are lighting candles in front of Buddha image on the day.

The participants are lighting candles in front of Buddha image on the day.

Mentionable is that Ma Thida Htwe was raped and murdered by a group of three Muslim youths near her village Tha Pri Chaung  on May 28 in 2012, when she was returning home from Kyauk Ni Maw Village of Rambree township.

“We observed the Ma Thida Htwe memorial day with religious flavor praying for her departed soul. We had lighted 969 candles in front of Lord Buddha’s image. It was done only for her remembrance, not for other purposes,” said Dr Tun Myint, one of the participants in the ceremony.

The sectarian violence in Arakan State broke out last year after Ma Thida Htwe rape & murder case.

Around 60 local residents, mostly youths from Kyauk Pru, participated in the ceremony, which was organized at upper hill laying Buddha statues temple in Kyauk Pru.

“We offered flowers, foods and robes to the monks in the ceremony. The ceremony was stared at 9 in the morning and concluded at 12 am,” the participant added.

Some officials from the intelligent department arrived in the location and watched the ceremony, but they did not interfere on the celebration.

Meanwhile, a school building built in the memory of Ma Thida Htwe was opened in the supervision of a prominent monk named Bagalay Saradaw in her native village (Tha Pri Chaung) on the same day.