An inter-racial marriage

Posted on: July 14, 2007

This is from Kaladan News

Kaladan News
July 14, 2007

Marriage between Rohingya and Bangladeshi invites problems in Teknaf

Teknaf, Bangladesh: Flouting the rules of the Border Law and Order Committee of the Burma-Bangladesh border, a Bangladeshi married a Rohingya girl on May 14. The issue is now being hotly discussed at the UNO office in Teknaf, reports our correspondent.

“The ruling military junta has been imposing restrictions relating to marriage in the Rohingya community in Burma and some community people are still waiting for permission to marry. As such many young men and women remain unmarried. Some Rohingya families try to send their daughters and sons to Bangladesh for the purpose of marriage, after waiting a long time to get permission, as well as, if they get a good proposal from families living in Bangladesh,” a teacher in Maungdaw said.

On March 29, 2007, a meeting was held on the Rohingya issue in Cox’s Bazaar by the Zila Law and Order Committee along with local officers such as the DC (District Commissioner), DGFI (Directorate General of Forces Intelligence), police officers, and UNO (Upazilla Nirbahi Officer, NSI (National Security Intelligence) officers, journalists, among others. At the meeting, they decided not to issue national identity cards; not to allow marriages with the Rohingya community; not to pay for work; not to provide shelter, and not to issue any document to Rohingyas. If people (Bangladeshis) do not comply with the order, they would be punished according to the law.

The bridegroom who flouted the rule was identified as Mohamed Hassan (25), son of Ziyabul Hussain, hailing from Teknaf, Cox’s Bazaar district of Bangladesh. His father is the Chairman of the Bus Owners’ Association of Teknaf and owns a hardware shop. The bride is Sara Khatun (20), daughter of Waskarim, hailing from Maungdaw town, said a close relative of the bride.

Mohamed Hassan, a Bangladeshi got in touch with the bride Sara Khatun, a Rohingya and her parents through Rohigya Kasim who has a good relationship with the bridegroom and his parents as he has a business on the Burma-Bangladesh border. On Kasim’s persuasion Mohamed Hassan married Sara Khatun, on May 14, 2007. The wedding ceremony was held at Teknaf following a consensus of the parents from both sides, he added.

However, the matter reached the ears of the Upazilla Nirbahi Officer (UNO) office in Teknaf. A meeting was called on July 10, by Teknaf UNO officer Altaf Hossain Chowdhury at the UNO office inviting the concerned local officers including Border Law and Order Committee members. But, they were unable to find a solution despite hours of discussions, said a local leader in Teknaf. ##

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