Chin pastor slapped in face by ward admin in Arakan
03 December 2013: Chin pastor Cing Pian Langh was hit in his face for no obvious reason by U Hla Kyaw, a ward administrator of Myebon town in Arakan State.
The incident took place around 9:30pm on 9 November 2013 while the 30-year-old missionary was having a telephone conversation, according to the Chin Human Rights Organization (CHRO).
Pastor Langh, originally from Tedim Township of Chin State, told CHRO: “As the phone line was not very clear, I was standing near the fence. While I was over the phone, U Hla Kyaw turned his handheld torchlight on in my face and hit me without saying a word.”
He said that he had been to the office of the General Administration Department in Myebon to report the case but was told the head was travelling.
He added that he had informed the Department of Religious Affairs about the incident and that the head of the department had responded saying: “This is nothing to do with my job.”
The victim said that the authorities had taken no action regarding the incident.
Pastor Cing Pian Langh has beening working Myepon town, Myebon Township, Sittwe District of Arakan State as a Christian missionary from the Evangelical Free Church of Myanmar since October 2013.
About half of the population in Myebon, a town devastated in October 2010 by Cyclone Giri, is estimated to be Chin.#