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Newest rape, Yangon homicide increases safety concerns

Rangoon - The recent assassination and robbery of a 26-year-old girl in Rangoon has sparked safety concern among the city's women. On January 24, three inches after the corpse was found, a cabbie, Myo Zaw Oo, who admitted the outrage. On the evening of January 20, at 7:30 a.m., Ma Shwe Yi Win, a substitute guardian in the Department of Food and Drug Administration at the Ministry of Health, disappeared on her way home to Dagon Township after having been busy at Hleden Center in Downtown Yangon.

However, when Ma Shwe Yi Win did not make it home later that evening, her host families announced that she was not there. Next day, policemen found her half-naked corpse near a playground near Nga Moe Yeik Crèek in North Dagon Township. According to the cops, the young lady had got into Myo Zawoo's cab.

Myo Zaw Oo took her to North Dagon, where he was raping her near the PLA. Myo Zaw Oo was detained by Mingalar Taung Nyunt in a cell telephone store three inches later. He had installed new computer programs on the missing telephone.

The reports of the assassination and robbery have increased the fear that the roads of the town are not intact. Every single working and retiring cabs are preferred to regular busses, where there are frequent acts of sex abuse. "Now I don't really think I am secure in a cab anymore," she said.

Whilst cases of molestation and abuses, from stubborn phone calls and unwelcome contact to assaults are nothing new in the country's most densely populated town, the number of rapes is increasing. It was also the most frequent serious offence registered in Yangon in 2016 and 2017. Raping cases were responsible for 229 of 469 felonies in 2016 and 270 of 478 felonies in 2017.

A lot of mothers, who make up a rising proportion of the work force in the business metropolis, shares their sense of uncertainty by strolling down the streets in the evenings and taking a coach or a cab at nights. The Yangon-based Ma Wint Thu, who educates Yangon girls, said she fears that anxiety about being a casualty could restrict women's portability and upbringing.

"She said that more families will be worried about the security of their daughters as the number of rapes increases. She is insecure when she walks home from the South Dagon Township stop because there are no street lamps, Ma Wint Thu said. Myanmar Law Clinic's co-founder and headmistress Ma Hla Hla Hla Yee, who provides free advocacy to especially girls and kids, said the recent rapes and murders have underlined the need to make towns safe for them.

Yangon's lack of street lamps and many black spots give the offenders the chance to perpetrate their crime, especially now that more and more girls are working and going home at nights. Yangon Regional Transport Authority said it would implement the current rules for taxi services on the city's roads and carry out random inspections in cooperation with the local authorities from next months.

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