Several arrested over harassment charges
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) conducted
investigations and assisted to arrest several men who are alleged to
have harassed two girls in the Kattankudi Police area.
At a special discussion summoned on the direction of HRCSL chairman
Justice Priyantha Perera held on January 26, 2012, with the
participation of the two young girls complainants aged 17 and 18
respectively, along some clerics in Kattankudi and the parents of the
young girls concerned, three requests were made by the complainants.
According to the OICís report the two girls had gone -with the
permission of their parents- to a private tuition class in Batticaloa
town on June 20, 2011. Since the class was not held on that day they had
visited an Internet cafe on their way back home.
The two girls were searched by two women. Then some person had kicked
and assaulted the two girls so severely that one girl had passed urine.
Later the two girls were admitted to the Batticoloa Hospital under
Police protection and thereafter handed over to their parents.
The Police who conducted investigations arrested six suspects in
connection with the incident while two more suspects had surrendered to
Several suspects who had been involved in the incident had been
identified at an identification parade held by the Magistrate.
According to Police, the suspects are being charged on several under
the Panel Code, including kidnapping, wrongful confinement, violently
causing grievous hurt and assault or use criminal force on the two girls
with intent to outrage their modesty.
The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lankaís proceeding with the
complaints made to the Commission by the two girls.