At least 12 people have been arrested and remanded for allegedly gang raping a 12 year old child girl in Matara. Among those arrested is a soldier as well as the woman who had rented out a room to the rapists.
The police is also currently on the lookout for a Buddhist Monk who had allegedly raped the girl. The monk is believed to be in hiding and the court has issued a foreign travel ban on the monk.
On July 10, the parents of the victim had lodged a complaint with the police informing them that their 12 year old daughter had gone missing. Subsequently, after a special search operation by the Matara Children and Women Bureau, the girl was found on July 21.
OIC of the Bureau Keshala Bogahawatte told media that in one instance the girl had been raped at least by 9 men and on same day she was taken to another house in the night where she was raped by more men.
After being raped for a second time, the rapists had released her, and she had then gone to a temple seeking refuge because this was the same temple her mother visits regularly. However, after she went to the temple the monk there had taken her to a room and had raped her once more. Since the incident, the monk has gone into hiding.