Putting to rest the sterilization hysteria in Kurunegala, the CID today informed Kurunegala Magistrate’s Court that there was no evidence to prove allegations against Dr. Shafi – that he has carried out a systematic campaign to sterilize Sinhalese women by performing tubal ligations.
The CID also sought approval from the MC to lift the detention order against the doctor who fell prey to the campaign launched by Divaina under the supervision of Kurunegala DIG Kithsiri Liyanage.
During the hearing today, the CID also informed courts that certain media reports, which claimed Dr. Shafi Siyabdeen performed sterlilizations, are untrue.
Racist Divaina newspaper dragged Dr. Shafi into the sterilization phobia when they published a lead story a few weeks ago, quoting an area Police chief about information that was being revealed of a doctor who has been sterilizing Sinhalese women using tubal ligations, while performing C-sections.
The conspirators swiftly revealed themselves as Divaina’s Hemantha Randunu confessed the information was shared with him by DIG Kithsiri.
The media campaign coupled with the push extended by SLPP politicos and the Kurunegala hospital GMOA, triggered mass hysteria in the area drawing out complaints by more than a 1000 women against Dr. Shafi. But a deeper probe into the complaints by the alleged ‘victims of sterilization’ revealed they were more concerns as opposed to complaints and less than 70 of them agreed to proceed with the mecessary medical tests involved to prove their claims.