Monday, 25 May 2020

Buthidaung, Arakan: A Rohingya villager had to pay bribe a sum of Kyat 300,000 to the Nasaka (Burmese-Border Security Force) of Buthidaung Township, Arakan State, Burma for not obtaining permission of his daughter's marriage, said a relative of victim.

The victim was identified as Mohammad Kobir, 50, son of Noor Mohamed, hailed from in Kyingthama Palley Daung village of Buthidaung Township. He had to pay the bribe to the Officer of Nasaka Area No. (9), Taung Ba Zaar,Buthidaung Township of Arakan State, he further said.

It is learnt that the bride is Mohammad Kobir's daughter, 20, who got marriage with the bridegroom Kafaiyet Ullah, 22, son of Abdul Hoque. Their parents jointly applied to the Nasaka authority to get marriage permission for them. Due to unbearable long delay of getting marriage permission from the Nasaka authority, they had to get married without permission.

When the HQ of Nasaka Area No. (9) knew that the marriage was done without permission and then its officer summoned the bride's father to the Nasaka on 1st January, 2006 to query the matter. When the newly-weds knew that phenomenon, they fled from the village and then the bride's father Mohammad Kobir accompanied by Maung Loon, a Chairman of Village Peace and Development Council (VPDC) of Ngaran Chaung village Tract of Buthidaung Township went to the Nasaka Camp of Area No.(9)  and settled the matter paying Kyat 300,000 as a bribe  to the concerned  officer, said a VPDC member.

However, some have been getting marriage without getting permission from the concerned authorities, but if any couple of such getting marriage is known to Nasaka, they must be arrested and fined or sent to jail, the VPDC member further added.

Some couples who are afraid of sending to prison or not able to give a big bribe to the Nasaka flee to the Bangladesh by abandoning their ancestral land. Moreover, some flee their motherland before getting marriage and crossed Burma-Bangladesh border to marry, said an intellectual who lives in the same village of the bride.

Hence, giving out the marriage permission less and less or in delay by concerned authorities makes the newly-weds watching for a long time, marrying without permission, fleeing the homeland, he more added.