Buthidaung, Arakan State, Burma: A newly married couple belonging to Arakan State fled to neighbouring Bangladesh to evade arrest by the Nasaka (Burma’s Border Security Force) for marrying without permission.
On December 10, Abdur Rahaman (25), son of Mohamed Hussain accompanied by his wife of “Phone Nyo Hlake village” of Buthidaung Township fled to Bangladesh to avoid arrest by Nasaka because they married without permission, said Fazal Ahamed (not real name) of the village.
This year on November 11, they tied the knot secretly according to Islamic law with the consent of their parents because they did not get permission to marry even though they had applied to the Nasaka, he added.
Nasaka came to know of this and its personnel went to arrest them. To avoid arrest the couple fled to Bangladesh.
Some couples who are afraid of going to prison or are not capable of big bribes to the Nasaka flee to Bangladesh by abandoning their motherland. Some flee their homeland before getting married and cross Burma-Bangladesh border to marry.
When asked some villagers, said, “Nasaka does not give marriage permission in time and takes a huge amount of money for permission. Most couples wanting to marry cannot afford the money.”