Anne Main raises concerns about babies born as a result of rape in the Rohingya crisis

15th May 2018

Anne Main highlights the tens of thousands of rapes in Rakhine province and raises concerns that there are thousands of pregnant women whose babies may well be abandoned in Bangladesh and asks the Government what will happen to babies born as a result of rape.

As a result of the tens of thousands of rapes in Rakhine province, there are many thousands of pregnant women whose babies may well be abandoned in Bangladesh. Will my right hon. Friend update us on what will happen to those children, should they be born as a result of rape?

I thank my hon. Friend for all the work that she does on this. Like many Members throughout the House, I have been absolutely appalled by the reports of extensive sexual violence in Rakhine, including in graphic and harrowing testimonies on television programmes on both Channel 4 and BBC 2 in the last two evenings. I reassure her and the House that UK aid is already providing comprehensive counselling and psychological support for 10,000 women in trauma and more than 2,000 survivors of sexual violence. Medical aid is also being provided to assist 50,000 safe births.

 

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