Politicians in Myanmar's western Rakhine state have introduced a two-child limit for Muslim Rohingya families. The measure is an effort to ease tensions with the Rohingya's Buddhist neighbors after significant incidents of deadly sectarian violence, an official said on Saturday.
Local officials said the new measure will be applied to two Rakhine townships that border Bangladesh and have the highest Muslim populations in the state. The townships, Buthidaung and Maundaw, are about 95% Muslim. Although Muslims make up the majority in the two townships in which the new policy applies, they account for only about 4 percent of Burma’s roughly 60 million people.
The commission also recommended doubling the number of security forces in the volatile region.
"The population growth of Rohingya Muslims is 10 times higher than that of Rakhine (Buddhists),'' state spokesman Win Myaing said. “Overpopulation is one of the causes of tension.''
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Burma is perhaps the only country in the world to impose a limit on children due to religious affiliation.