17 July, 2019

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‘Civil Society Members’ Claim Probation Department And NCPA Are Pushing Kids Back Into The Hands Of Abusers

Representatives of a group of 25 civil society organizations have charged the Probation Department and the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) of ‘attempting to send children back to Darun Nusra, a children’s home where sexual abuses of children have taken place.’

Chandrani Bandara – Minister – Women and Child Affairs

The group also fault state institutions for not finding suitable government schools for the affected children to continue their education.

The statement refers to a police investigation in 2017 which revealed that a male staff member of Darun Nusra, a children’s home run by a charity named Al-Muslimaath, had committed offenses and his superiors had not taken any action respite being informed of this.

The full text of the statement is given below:

Probation Department and NCPA pushing children back into the hands of abusers

We the undersigned members of civil society condemn the actions of the Probation Department and the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) for attempting to send children back to Darun Nusra, a children’s home where sexual abuses of children have taken place. We also condemn the State institutions for their inaction in finding suitable government schools for the affected children to continue their education.

In June 2017, an anonymous phone call was made to the NCPA that sexual abuses were being committed on the children residing in Darun Nusra. During the police investigations it was revealed that a male staff of this home was allegedly committing these offences and both the Matron and the Coordinator of Al-Muslimaath the charity managing Darun Nusra were reported about these incidents but did not take action.

Despite ongoing investigations into the allegations of abuse, which not only include the alleged abuser but also the matron and the Coordinator of Al-Muslimaath, the Probation Department has vehemently opposed calls by activists for the children to be transferred out of Darun Nusra for their own safety.

Officers from the Probation Department have consistently engaged in victim blaming in Court by portraying the two main victims of abuse as mentally unsound. One of the first children to be transferred out of Darun Nusra due to Court orders was sent by the Probation Department to a home which the Probation Officers themselves later admitted in Court as unsanitary, lacking in running water, and unsuitable for children.

Further in March 2018, an NCPA report found Darun Nusra to be unsuitable for children to live in and the institution requested court to transfer the children out. However, in May 2018, the NCPA backtracked on this and sought to transfer some of the children back without explanation.

Furthermore, the Courts instructed the Probation Department and the NCPA to find suitable government schools for the children, yet for around three months both institutions have taken no concrete action. Instead, we are informed that at a meeting called by the NCPA with the guardians and Probation Officers in June 2018, the guardians were either pressured to take the children back home or return them to Darun Nusra if they want their education to continue. This raises many questions on why the State has been unwilling or unable to find suitable government schools in a country which has a tradition of providing free quality education. This also raises questions as to why the State continues to promote an organisation that is being investigated for allegations of child sexual abuse. As of today, the inefficiency of the Probation Department and NCPA has deprived these children of schooling for three months.

We condemn this negligent and callous attitude of the Probation Department and the NCPA for failing to provide justice for children who are economically and socially vulnerable – many of whom have suffered recent trauma. This entire incident would not have happened if the Probation Department which is tasked with monitoring children’s homes had mechanisms to identify child abuse occurring within institutions.

We condemn the Probation Commissioner of the Western Province, the Chairperson of the National Child Protection Authority, and the Secretary and the Minister of the Women and Child Affairs Ministry for not performing their roles responsibly. The conduct of the State institutions in this case also raises concerns about the welfare of other children in Probation Certified Homes who are under the overall care of these Institutions.

We the undersigned demand that the Probation Department, NCPA and the Ministry of Education work together to immediately find Government schools with an English medium curricula for the 13 children in this case. We demand that the two children having special educational needs be enrolled in a suitable educational institution. We also demand that the children transferred to a home located in Bandaragama, be relocated together immediately, as all parents who have visited it, have expressed deep dissatisfaction with the treatment of their children in this home.

Signed by:

Affected Women’s Forum (AWF), Akkaraipattu

Akshaya

Alliance Development Trust (ADT)

Association of War Affected Women (AWAW)

Centre for Policy Alternatives (CPA)

Human Rights Office (HRO), Kandy

INFORM Human Rights Documentation Centre

Lend A Hand Fund

Liberation Movement

Maatram Foundation

Mannar Women’s Development Federation (MWDF)

Mantra Life Centre

Mass Movement for Social Justice

Muslim Women’s Development Trust (MWDT)

National Christian Evangelical Alliance of Sri Lanka (NCEASL)

National Fisheries Solidarity Organization (NAFSO)

Nisha Development Centre, Mullaitivu

Organisation for Integrated Social Development (OISD), Kilinochchi

Right to Life (R2L)

S.J.V. Chelvanayakam Memorial Trust (CMT)

Sri Lanka Brief

The Grassrooted Trust

Vallamai Travellers, Jaffna

Women and Media Collective (WMC)

Women’s Action Network (WAN)

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  • 15
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    The Minister for Women and Child Affairs needs to step in immediately. Those responsible for sexual abuse of children should be locked up for the rest of their lives as they are a danger to society. These traumatized kids need love and care and should be in safe hands and away from paedophiles.

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      What a good-looking Minister! Chandrani for President!!!!!!!

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        LAC3
        “Chandrani for President!!!!!!!”

        This is confusing:
        You want Chandrani to run for office of the President or by saying “good-looking” want to gift her to the President for all the great work Gamarala has done to ruin the country?

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          Burt – LAC3 admits he is retarded. Give him a break!

      • 7
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        We all know tht she’s good-looking, but you’re too late. She represents Anuradhapura but had been educated in one of the more sophisticated Colombo schools. I don’t know all the details, and it feels like dealing with sleaze.
        .
        https://www.colombotelegraph.com/index.php/unp-mp-chandrani-bs-son-gets-diplomatic-posting/
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        As that will show, LAC3 (rtd) Buddhadasa, you are too late. She was the GF of Tissa Attanayake etc.
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        The more serious concern is that this seems to be the way too many people decide how to vote..

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          Sinhala man,
          Would it make a difference if all ministers were as photogenic?
          At least it would be interesting to watch TV.

          • 3
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            Dear LAC3 (rtd) Buddhadasa,
            .
            It would be nice if everybody were photogenic – Yes.
            .
            Having said that, a few other observations:
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            1. While it may have been important to draw your attention to some past news stories, and that is borne out by those who have liked my comments, I’m not comfortable with my having made it in the first place. It was a bit of sleaze, although a little relevant given the content of the article. I think I need to steer clear of this sort of gossip.
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            2. Being photogenic and beautiful – getting overly serious about such a seemingly light-hearted question: these things aren’t relevant, are they? If everybody were beautiful, we’d probably raise the bar – and not be struck by a given individual any more.
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            3. It would be nice if everyone were happy; that is not something that depends on others being not-so-happy.
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            4. The situation in the country is so serious that we should adopt a more serious attitude to public affairs. We shouldn’t allow these things to become entertainment on T.V.
            .
            I’m sorry if I have turned some light-hearted comments in to something too solemn.

    • 7
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      We can find millions for our ministers’ luxury vehicles but go hat in hand for our children’s homes. Miracle of Asia.

      • 9
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        NO MONEY for the children but there is enough money for this crap.

        “President opens Piriven building complex at Dimbulagala forest monastery”

        “The new piriven building complex and the residence for sangha built under the “Pibidemu Polonnaruwa” district development program was constructed at a cost of Rs 40 million.”

        This is public funds it is not for the public in general but for a selected religious entity. These guys bring new meaning to free-loading.

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          Burt

          You repeatedly display your bigoted attitude towards Buddhists, quite often out of context.

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            NP:
            Please explain how is Polonnaruwa going to “Pibidemu” by bribing monks for cheap publicity.
            Isn’t this 40m going towards a selected few?
            Why not make Buddhism a state corporation and like all other public corporations drain the state wealth. At least then the govt has the control to fire (disrobe) and transfer monks.

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          What is 40 million? Akila wanted Rs. 5billion for distribution of Tabs among 175,000 children AND 28,000 teachers!!!!! 5 billion!!!!!. How about that? Is that what children need? Children need love, protection, mental health, at least basic medical care, nutritious food, clean water, basic facilities in schools and guidance, before providing Tabs.

          • 6
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            Exactly. Tabs is not a priority. School children especially in rural Sri Lanka do not even have basic day to day necessities. Ministries of Education, Health, Welfare, Child Protection etc have totally failed in their responsibilities. What is the purpose of a bloated cabinet.

          • 0
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            Dear Champa,
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            This is Public Money – and for that reason, the point made by Burt is quite justified.
            .
            Talk of Tabs is a bit off topic by the time it gets to me – but at the point you made the comment it was relevant.
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            Yes, giving Tabs is a decision that has been arbitrarily arrived at. I’m a retired teacher of English, and many ask me about the pet schemes that they have thought of for making it more effective. What this shows me is that our society doesn’t have sufficient respect for specialisation, research, and professionalism.
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            Handing out Tabs with somebody else’s money is easy – and raises other concerns. With technology changing so fast, and with individual abilities to use technology being so varied, it makes sense to adopt strategies to increase the general earning capacity of citizens, and leave decisions relating to purchasing to individuals.
            .
            Besides, this is the sort of scheme which raises suspicion of “Commissions” being involved. It would be a good thing to bring up this issue as a separate article.

            • 1
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              Dear Sinhala man
              About Burt’s comment. Yeah it is pubic money. Who are the pubic? You and Burt both have forgotten that the majority are Buddhists. The majority who pay taxes are them. And you need to look at the religious demography in the country. Moreover, there are 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Sri Lanka out of which 5 are Buddhist sacred cities including Polonnaruwa.
              About Tabs, yeah it is common knowledge the reason for UNP Ministers crying for Tabs is the “commission.”

              • 0
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                It should also be remembered that for 500 years , Buddhist places of worship were desecrated, plundered, and razed to the ground by invading armies and occupying forces. The mass murder of members of the Buddhist clergy, conversions by force and by coercion are all a well documented , dark, period of our history which should never be forgotten.

                • 0
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                  NP
                  So go and put a claim with the Brits, Portuguese and Dutch. LOL

                  “The mass murder of members of the Buddhist clergy”.
                  Who did this? I have a problem as they did not do a proper job.
                  “dark, period of our history which should never be forgotten.”
                  You are welcome to live in it. Don’t drag others into it or loot the state and its people who had nothing to do with it.

              • 2
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                Champa,
                ” Yeah it is pubic money. Who are the pubic”
                I think you need to look at a dictionary for the meaning of “pubic”. English is a funny language .One letter can make a big difference. Or are you really saying that Sinhala Buddhists have pubic attributes?

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                  oc:
                  That is a good catch. :)
                  Now you know where Champa’s mind is. Maybe the pic of the MP turned him on.

              • 0
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                Champa:
                “You and Burt both have forgotten that the majority are Buddhists.”
                This is the same argument for discriminating against minorities. Sinhala Buddhist are the majority and we should be able to do what we want. NO YOU CANT. This is Sinhala Buddhist country. NO IT IS NOT.
                “The majority who pay taxes are them.”
                This is bull too. Per capita income of minorities are higher than that of the Sinhala Buddhist as most of them work in the black economy. At the current moment Tamils might be contributing a bit less as the state destroyed their economy for the last 30 years.

                Here we go again!
                “Minister of Buddhasasana Gamini Jayawickrama Perera says the govt will introduce a free health insurance scheme for all monks.”
                What is this going to cost? Where is the funds coming from?

                • 0
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                  I think the minorities pay more taxes.

    • 1
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      Absolutely.
      Locked up for the rest of their lives.

  • 6
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    Yes. I fully agree with this. It is insanely inhuman to send the children back to sexual abusers.
    This is not a big deal. Government ca easily provide a safe place for these children. The problem is nobody bothers. This government has painfully failed to protect the children in the country.
    This no-heart female Minister of Women & Children Affairs is useless. I have been telling this since 2016. I have never heard her opening her mouth for the welfare of children.

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      I am puzzled. How could these sexual abusers are still working at the orphanage and not in jail? If the problem is the abusers, then the government should remove the abusers. Why there is no action against them? Are they also protected by mafia friendly politicians like Managala “Makandure” Samaraweera?

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    • 4
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      Hooray, Jima, another hat trick. Go and play cricket.

      • 2
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        Dimwit got the hat-trick in Soccer. He scored three own-goals.

    • 3
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      Dimwit:
      Takes the cake, three strikes in a row.

      Ha ha ha.

      • 3
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        Burt – Jim Boar in a row!

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          Jimmy,
          You are NOT allowed to propose marriage to Cabinet ministers. Not on CT.

  • 2
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    Thank you ‘Civil Society Members’ for pointing out that ~ “Probation Department And NCPA Are Pushing Kids Back Into The Hands Of Abusers”.

    Instead of a general stand against abuse of minors, the Civil Society Members have pointed out a case in a children’s home run by a Muslim charity. This implies that followers of other religions do not commit such offences. How true is this?

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    ‘ Take heed that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that in Heaven their angels always see the face of My Father who is in heaven..
    Re those who harm helpless children and the childlike, Jesus said –
    ” ..it would be better for him if a millstone we’re hung around his neck,and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.”

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    • 0
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      Jim softy the dog, why don’t you stop your racial and maniacal comments in CT and post descent comments?

      • 0
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        RA:
        Dog is a man’s best friend. Calling him a dog is an insult to dogs.

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