Sexual harassment of female MPs: Speaker promises stern action | Daily News

Sexual harassment of female MPs: Speaker promises stern action

Deeply concerned at media reports of female MPs being sexually harassed within the Parliamentary premises by some elderly MPs, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya has promised

stern action against them irrespective of their station of power or political significance.

Issuing a statement, the Office of the Speaker said yesterday that Speaker Jayasuriya had directed Parliament authorities to see if there had been any complaint made to this effect by any female MPs.

According to the Speaker's Press Secretary, the Office of the Speaker found that there were no such sexual harassment complaints to have been made against the members.

The Daily News learns that the female MPs had intimated their complaints to their party authorities.

However, a determined Karu Jayasuriya has called on female MPs to bring their complaints concerned to his office with a promise to initiate strong action against the perpetrators. One female MP reportedly complained to her party authorities that an elderly Parliamentarian has been making unwelcome advances towards her and that he touched her hand in an appropriate manner during a Parliamentary session.

Another female MP has complained that she has been subjected to verbal comments of sexual nature by an elderly MP. 


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Parliament ekata giyatha, satha satha mai ! God save Sri Lanka too!

Treating women with respect both in public and in private is a hallmark of maturity of a country as a decent nation.There is absolutely not much point in talking of our ancient history and culture and what not...if in our National Assembly a woman politician is not permitted and able to go about her business whilst maintaining her personal dignity.Not only must the speaker and the respective leaders of the respective parties take drastic action against the offenders but they must also be reported mandatorily to the police as an assault as I am sure the Penal Code covers such behaviour as an offence not only generally but against the propriety of females. It is imperative that all female members of parliament act collectively to eradicate once and for all this menace that has been plaguing or society at all levels and more prevalently as domestic violence..The female voters must be mobilised to insist on their politicians dealing with this issue as importantly as other important issues.This will pave the way for women to be accepted to play more serious and prominent roles in all walks of life .


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