Protests at massive level were erupted in Myanmar after rape of toddler – nicknamed Victoria – at a private nursery school in the administrative capital. As per international media reports, seven nurseries in Myanmar’s capital remained closed as police charged a suspect for allegedly raping a two-year-old, a case that has horrified a country where experts say assaults on children are widespread.
A judge on July 4 has announced that a suspect has been arrested and charged with rape. But an online campaign fueled by rumors over the assault has gained traction for weeks. Outraged netizens changed their Facebook profile photos to call for “Justice for Victoria”, a pseudonym given to the girl.
The drive spread to newspaper front pages and even the president’s office, which shared the trending icon on Facebook, saying it had been deluged by demands for action. A string of celebrities have also added their voices to a movement that is now jumping offline.
Organizers estimated as many as 6,000 protesters gathered on Saturday (July 6) at the Yangon office of the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) wearing white t-shirts, some printed with the words “Justice for Victoria”. One banner read: “We don’t want any more Victorias.” The protesters also called on the government to create a safe environment for Myanmar’s children.
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