Daughter of detained Human Rights Defender Jeyakumari Balendran has written to President Maithripala Sirisena, pleading him to release her mother and has said she would commit suicide if her mother does not return.
B Vibooshika has written to the President from the Children’s home she is currently detained at, relating the sequence of events that led to Jeyakumari’s arrest.
Although the Government of Sri Lanka has justified Jeyakumari’s arrest claiming she was aiding Gobi regroup the LTTE in the country, Vibooshika in her letter has stated that she they are not familiar him.
“I promise on my mother that we don’t know him at all,” she has said.
Vibooshika claims that upon being arrested Jeyakumari was assaulted and pulled by her hair right before her eyes and has also said that electric-shock handcuffs were fastened to her mother’s hands in order to intimidate her into speaking.
She says the interrogators told her mother, “Tells us the truth or we will switch on the current.”
Furthermore, she writes that even she was assaulted and her mother was told that if she does not speak the truth, Vibooshika would be killed.
“Please think of me as your child and release my innocent, very innocent mother. She has not committed any crime. I also request you to release my third brother as well. If I don’t see her I will drink poison and kill myself,” Vibooshika has written.