26 October, 2020

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Sri Lanka’s 75-Year-Old Rape Victim And Her Family Seek Justice

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a 75-year-old was raped and the officers of the Thalathuoya police are protecting the perpetrator who, allegedly, has been involved in a prior case. SV (75), a resident of
Kirimatiya Estate, Nugaliyadda, Thalathuoya in the Kandy District was alone in her house when the assailant entered through a window, assaulted and raped her. SV and her family reported the matter to the Thalathuoya Police Station but discovered that the officers of that station are shielding the culprit and instead, allowing him to threaten the victim and her family members.

This case is yet another illustration of the exceptional collapse of the rule of law in the country.

CASE NARRATIVE:

VR have since learned that the suspect used to work at the houses of the police officers and helped them in their personal matters. / File photo

VR have since learned that the suspect used to
work at the houses of the police officers and helped them in their
personal matters. / File photo

According to the information received, SV (75) is residing at No ************ Thalathuoya in the Kandy District. VR, a grandmother of 75 years of age, was living alone as her five married children, three sons and two daughters, moved to Colombo. Her husband, ******, died five years ago. VR worked in an estate which was later converted to a farm by the Elephant House Group of Companies.

She was living in the Estate’s Line Room by herself and her grandsons used to provide food for her. On 26 September, 2013, at 11.30 pm a person entered her premises through a window and when VR saw a light on in the room she went to investigate. Her assailant silenced her by placing his hand over her mouth. VR identified the suspect as Arumugam Ganeshan who was also living in the same area.

VR fought with the man vigorously. She was able to bruise his face until he overpowered the old lady and raped her. When VR shouted for help the neighbors responded but Ganeshan was able to flee the scene of the crime. Geethanjali, one of VR’s grand-daughters found her lying on the floor with several wounds and with the help of the neighbours she was taken to another house.

The following day, 27 September, one of her daughters, returned home and took VR to the Thalathuoya Police Station (Kandy Police Senior Superintendent of Police’s Division) and made a complaint.

VR was then admitted to the Thalathupoya Government Hospital on the same day and was treated until 3 October, 2013. However due to her poor health she was re-admitted to the Thalathuoya Hospital on the 6 of October and was transferred to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital on 7 October for further treatment and discharged on 10 October. VR was speechless for many days and suffering with a spinal injury.

Arumugam Ganeshan was arrested by the Thalathuoya Police and produced before the Magistrate of Kandy but was released soon after. On 30 September the accused threatened the family of VR. In particular he threatened *******, one of the daughters of VR, with death if
they proceed with the case. The accused previously raped another old woman by the name of Thaiamma living in the same area. He was arrested and the police officers settled the matter without producing him in court.

The accused complained to the police, saying that he was threatened by VR’s family who, in turn, state that the complaint is baseless and aimed at misleading the police investigation. However, when the family members approached the police to make a complaint about the threats made by the accused, the officers did not allow them to proceed and refused to record their complaint. It is now apparent that the police officers are acting on the complaint made by the accused after the incident but not the complaint made by the victim.

The relatives of VR have since learned that the suspect used to work at the houses of the police officers and helped them in their personal matters. Amongst other jobs he paints the houses of the police officers and therefore it has become evident that they are
protecting him.

Further, the relatives learned that the investigating police officers who recorded the statements of the doctors who treated the victim intentionally did not record the necessary findings of the doctor in relation to the act of rape. The officers intentionally failed in their official duties to investigate and submit the necessary evidence to the court for a successful adjudication process. Hence the victim and her family feel that this is a blatant violation of her rights.

As the police did not investigate the complaint of threats VR and her family are in fear of their lives.

VR and her family are pleading for protection for themselves and their children. Furthermore, they are seeking speedy justice as this alone will alleviate the threat and danger to the old woman and her family.

Action

Please send a letter to the authorities listed below expressing your concern about this case and requesting an immediate investigation into the case rape and the witness protection. The criminal as well as the police officers who are having lethargic approach to investigate the crimes must also be tried before a court of law for breaching the laws of the country and also should be subjected to internal investigations for the breach of the department orders as issued by the police department.

Please note that the AHRC has also written a separate letter to the Special Rapporteur on violence against women on this regard.

To support this appeal please click here

PLEASE SEND YOUR LETTERS TO:

1. Mr. N K Illangakoon

Inspector General of Police

New Secretariat

Colombo 1

SRI LANKA

Fax: +94 11 2 440440 / 327877

E-mail: igp@police.lk

2. Mr. Sarath Palith Fernando

Attorney General

Attorney General’s Department

Colombo 12

SRI LANKA

Fax: +94 11 2 436421

E-mail: ag@attorneygeneral.gov.lk

3. Secretary

National Police Commission

3rd Floor, Rotunda Towers

109 Galle Road

Colombo 03

SRI LANKA

Tel: +94 11 2 395310

Fax: +94 11 2 395867

E-mail: npcgen@sltnet.lk or polcom@sltnet.lk

4. Secretary

Sri Lanka Human Rights Commission

No: 165 Kynsey Road,

Borella, Colombo 8.

SRI LANKA

Fax: +94 11 2694924

Email: sechrc@sltnet.lk

Thank you.

Asian Human Rights Commission

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    Well done AHRC!

    Better if you published contact details of the culprit too. I am sure he would enjoy a conversation with fellow citizens of Sri Lanka.

    Public must swing into action on these matters.

    Contact leaders of the Police & Juidciary who oversee the whole system, while criminals slip through the net. An act of criminality in itlsef, I would presume.

    There is no point in waiting for well paid opposition MPs to take up these matters. They are busy fixing their piece of the cake for themselves.

    Cheers!

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      //Public must swing into action on these matters.

      Please tell us you are on weed.

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        Liberal One,

        Your tiny brain may not have realised. At this juncture Sri Lankan people are left to defend themselves.

        There is “King’s, Ape Miniha” justice in the country. Police & Judiciary are corrupted & politicised.

        There is total break down of law and order. Apart from rampant brutality by law enforcement against citizens, it is supposed to protect.

        Nothing less than a massive public outcry will ever fix a small criminal case.

        Who is on “Weed” buddy? You or me?

        Cheers!

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          So “there is total break down of law and order” and your suggestion is for people to take the law into their own hands? Does that sound smart to you?

          What’s the use of having a big brain if you are not using it?

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            Katmai,

            You have some doubts about the break down of law and order in Sri Lanka? Where do you live?

            This case is being delayed coz’ most likely this despicable “Granny Rapist” is connected with law enforcement or ruling politicians. One way or the other.

            There is no other reason.

            If you steal 2 coconuts in this country to pay a fee to your school, coz’ your mother cannot afford it, even though you are a kid, you will be remanded. That is under prevailing “Ape Miniha” law in Sri Lanka.

            Sri Lanka is so deep in lawlessness, only a popular public uprisng will change that situation.

            Cheers!

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              For God’s sake man, try to do something about your reading comprehension; it is appalling.

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          wait a minute you just backtracked right? Nothing wrong with a public outcry but I thought you were interested in “talking” to a person who is been accused of a crime?

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            Liberal One,

            Let me think.

            A poor old woman is not safe in her own home.

            And you are worried the public will take the well connected Granny Rapist to task? In this lawless country.

            Granny Rapist is being protected under uniquely Hambantota “Ape Miniha” law.

            What’s next mate?

            Little girls will be thrown into lakes? People should standby and watch? While “Ape Miniha” law takes its winding, unscrupulous course.

            You backtrack if you want to. I am not for backtracking.

            Cheers!

            PS: Greetings from Margaret Tatcher in hell!

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              If this was the case for my granny, I would do as Saudi are used to do. Take every action to destroy his genitals. That should be the way to learn those criminals a lesion – shame on rulers…
              I think the nation is marching backward :(

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                Leelagenangi

                “I would do as Saudi are used to do. Take every action to destroy his genitals.”

                How do you know that the person you want to destroy is the perpetrator? We have seen miscarriage of justice a lot in this world. One more is too many.

                This is exactly what the clan is doing, being judge, jury and the executioner.

                Calm down.

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        MORE BAD NEWS FROM SRI LANKA.. WHICH THE CMB TELEGRAPH WILL NOT PUBLISH, AS IT MUST HAVE REACHED ITS BAD NEWS FROM LANKA QUOTA..

        North Provincial Council Chief Minister C.V. Wigneswaran charges that certain Tamil and Muslim Ministers in the government are blocking the attempt although the government is willing to devolve power to the North.

        Addressing a meeting held at the Chavakachcheri Pradeshiya Sabha in Jaffna today, Wigneswaran said that the particular ministers are trying to block chances of developing a true understanding between the government and the Northern Provincial Council.

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        Forget the stupid Thalathuoya Police.
        medamulane Gankabaraya is the main culprit who is protecting every Rapist and every Kudu Moghals.

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      I truly believe that the perpetrator is one Rajapakshe or their henchman.

      My gosh, this would not stop.

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      Ben Hurling

      All these heinous crimes are being committed in this island with impunity.

      Do you think Tamils, Tamil Diaspora, LTTE, LTTE rump, and the International Community are responsible for it?

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        Native,

        I know where you are going with this smart question.

        What makes you think Tamils are responsible for this?

        On this matter I am only too happy to give a clean bill to LTTE, Die-ass-pora & the rump.

        Cheers!

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          Ben Hurling

          “On this matter I am only too happy to give a clean bill to LTTE, Die-ass-pora & the rump.”

          So the Sinhala/Buddhists are capable of committing crimes on their own without the presence of LTTE.

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            Native,

            Abosolutely! You bet we know our “brutality”.

            Just like our Tamil brethren.

            Cheers!

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              Ben Hurling

              “Just like our Tamil brethren.”

              You are learning. Good.

              You will learn more if you care to speak to my Elders.

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        Somehow somewhere there is a Tamil or a person touched by a Tamil who will be responsible for highlighting this case and besmirching Sri lanka.

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      Thanks AHRC – more police corruption exposed..
      The police, military and politicians and their cronies in this lawless country are the biggest law breakers…
      The people who make laws and those are supposed to maintain law are the main violators – and the rot, murder and Corruption start with the criminal Mahinda Rajapakse and his brothers . Miracle of Asia indeed

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      @ CMB TELEGRAPH.. BETTER YOU PUBLISH THE DETAILS OF MINISTER Thondaman.. the king of that area who controls all..

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    We are living in a country of barbarians and ruled by thugs. So this is the norm! I think sharia law should be introduced to punish this type of crimes.

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      Sharia Law would be jumping from the pan and into the fire.

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    These poor people can have much better outcomes if they were accompanied by a lawyer to the police station.

    So, where are these lawyers who made such a fuss recently? Why are they not willing to educate the public of their rights and why are they not available to accompany victims to the police station to ensure complaints are properly lodged? Hey, the lawyers don’t do anything for free and this seems like a good opportunity for them to earn a buck too, right?

    So, if Upul Jayasuriya and the BASL wants to establish that law and order is breaking down in Sri Lanka what better way to do this than to show an increase in complaints lodged at police stations, right? So what seems to be the problem? Think about it…

    It should not take much neuron juggling for anyone to realize what a farce it is and that the lawyers in Sri Lanka a the biggest fonies. They all want justice for themselves but not for others.

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      but……LAWYERS are just PROFESSIONAL LIARS…. they go by ‘Show me the Money” policy. Wonder if there are Pro Bono lawyers, who represent people who cant afford…for free…

      He is a repeat raist, as he had raped another old lady before… I’d have no sympathy for this S.O.B. if the PUBLIC gave him what is rightly due to him, coz the POLICE who are supposed to see for the welfare of the citizenry, is deep in slumber…

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    This is a simple police matter , wth is AHRC doing in this .

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      Abhaya Premawardena

      “This is a simple police matter , wth is AHRC doing in this.”

      Police does not matter any more hence the intervention of AHRC.

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      Abhaya Premawardena,

      Sri Lanka Police is an extremely politicized, highly corrupt, criminal organisation.

      They fill their time torturing petty coconut thieves.

      A shame to our country.

      Cheers!

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        IDIOT police is every country is highly politicized . which kind of utopia do you live in ?

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          Abhaya Premawardena

          “IDIOT police is every country is highly politicized . which kind of utopia do you live in ?”

          Hence the reason for officially abolishing the police force.

          Transfer all police responsibilities to the local or national politician as they do in this island in reality.

          Why bother with a department that takes large share of the national expenditure. Leave it to the local political or saffron clad thugs, law and order would be safe in their hands.

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            Veddha

            Launching scurrilous attacks on Sinhala Buddists and the sangha seems to be your favourite pastime .Get a life you nasty,bigoted old man !!

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          Abhaya Premawardena,

          If you are so “smart”, why on earth are you so fond of Gota’s behind?

          Incomprehensible! And incompatiable!

          Cheers!

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          Greater difference is majority of police in SL (perhaps in many developing countries) are unscrupulous criminals or crime supporters handled by abusive politicians. What matters is the outcome of majority.. or not ?

          On the west, some cases are reported on irrgegularities in police. But the fact is – that is the tiniest minority.. (why not you get your fact and figures straight – Abhaya ???)

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      It would be a simple police matter if justice was served but AHRC gets involved because the powerfull and connected routinely escape justice, which appears to be the case here too.

      When the nation has no rule of law , foreign human rights orgs. assist domestic civil rights groups to seek justice.

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        You know these guys like Abhaya would even bring some other strong arguments to cover the accused like PS MP of Tangalle, whose sperms had been identified in the probe materials of the victimised woman, as reported in lanken media, not even few months ago.
        This typical mentality of lanken average should radically be changed if we ever want to lead the nation to progress.

        Unfortunately people ^s choice ( people = rural masses that make up over 60%) lies wrong….
        Once they grasp it – the situation will have gone beyond the margin. SAD REALITY…. VERY PESSIMISTIC ABOUT THE FUTURE OF LANKA :(

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      RAPE to u is a simple matter? switch the tables… and IF that was your grandmother, what is your stand? let the police take action and wait for its course of action….?

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      Simple ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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    This man has been protected because he is a ape miniha of the police.

    What is wrong in the police following the president’s footsteps?

    The highest in the land is showing the way and others should follow or get out of the country if they don’t like it anymore without whingieng.

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      as far as their statistics are concerned, every 1 in 40 normal people is found as a criminal.
      So, there should be nearly 12 000 criminals (multi criminals) living alone within Colombo and suburbs.
      (if you consider the numbers given by them as nearly 0.5 mio/country).

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    There are plenty of cases like this in Srilanka it depends how good you are with police.

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    Ben is talking common sense. Nothing will stop Police corruption apart from mass protest. A mass protest will be met with bullets but there must be perseverance until shame and bad publicity bring about change. These bullets are the result of voting for and turning a blind eye to the atrocities of politicians and their goons.

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