22 October, 2020

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Tangalle Rape Victim Has Spoken For The First Time

A student has spoken for the first time of her ordeal at a Sri Lankan resort and tells David James Smith she will fight on for justice

Victoria Tkacheva was attacked at a hotel party on Christmas Eve 2011

A woman raped at a hotel in Sri Lanka has spoken for the first time of the attack in which she was badly beaten and her British boyfriend was killed.

Victoria Tkacheva, 24, a Russian languages graduate, fears that the men responsible for her rape and the murder of Khuram Shaikh, a 32-year-old Red Cross worker from Rochdale, will not be brought to justice.

One of the eight suspects who were arrested but later released is a local politician whose family have close ties to the Sri Lankan president.

There is currently no prospect of a trial, but Tkacheva insists she will not rest until justice is done. “I know if Khuram was in my place he would go on to the end,” she said. “That’s what I must do too.”

The couple had met in 2009 in North Korea where he was working as a prosthetics expert for the Red Cross, fitting artificial limbs to adults and children. Tkacheva was in Pyongyang, the capital, to study the Korean language. The relationship continued when Shaikh was posted to Gaza.

They were enjoying a holiday in December 2011 at the Nature Resort in Tangalle, 100 miles south of the Sri Lankan capital Colombo, when a group of men arrived at a hotel party on Christmas Eve.

After a minor tiff with Shaikh during the party, Tkacheva was sitting alone on the beach at midnight to cool down when she was approached by a man and asked whether anything was wrong.

She became anxious and ran back towards the hotel but was set upon by a number of men. She does not know how many.

“I couldn’t even see them. They started beating me. I fell to the ground — I was covering my head with my arms so I couldn’t see anybody,” she said. “It was next to the pool. It was so sudden, they were kicking and punching.”

Her assailants pushed her into the swimming pool. “I was trying to escape from the pool but they were not letting me.”

Tkacheva, who had suffered a fractured skull, eventually managed to get away.

“I got out from another side of the pool and in a few steps I found Khuram lying on the ground. I ran to him and started to call his name but he wasn’t responding.

“I tried to make him conscious, trying mouth-to- mouth, but there was nothing I could do to make him conscious,” she said.

Tkacheva saw cuts on Shaikh’s face but did not notice the stab or bullet wounds that killed him. “When I couldn’t bring him round I screamed very loud from helplessness and then I think I lost consciousness because I don’t remember anything else.”

It appears that at this point she was raped. Her next memory is waking up in hospital wearing a T-shirt that she did not recognise and finding that her dress was blood-splattered and her underwear had gone. Her face was badly swollen and her body was covered in bruises.

Witnesses said Tkacheva had been found naked and unconscious in a room at the hotel on Christmas morning. She had been raped or sexually assaulted and had suffered vaginal injuries, according to a Sri Lankan police report.

Tkacheva does not recall when or where she was found. “You try not to think that could have happened but it’s disgusting because they killed Khuram and sexually assaulted me,” she said.

To the best of Tkacheva’s knowledge, her missing underwear has never been found and her dress was thrown away. Both could have provided police with DNA evidence.

The eight suspects were identified through witness accounts. They include Sampath Chandra Pushpa Vidanapathirana, the head of the local council in Tangalle, one of the largest towns in Sri Lanka’s southern province. His family have links to President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

While there is no suggestion that Rajapaksa or members of Vidanapathirana’s family have intervened in the case, the relatives of Tkacheva and Shaikh believe there has been a lack of urgency during the investigation. All the suspects were released on bail without charge last November.

Tkacheva, who has waived her anonymity as a rape victim, is ready to give evidence at any trial. “I was devastated when the men were freed on bail,” she said.

Last month the Sri Lankan government said it was awaiting a report on DNA evidence and had made every effort to find those involved.

Courtesy Sunday Times UK

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    If the law is properly enforced this would not happen. It is a shame that humans behave worse than animals. I do not think in the animal world there is such a thing as rape!!! In this case, animals are better than humans. I cry at this point of writing this comment. Whither HUMANITY??? WHITHER JUSTICE????

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    Rajapakse Government is run by Pimps for the pimps only. It’s economic development is based on Pimps ideology and pimps theory.
    http://www.ask.com/wiki/Pimp

    The reasons are……

    1)Sending our women to Middle East to bring in Foreign exchange.

    2)Importing illegal Ethenol to make illegal Kasippu and monopolising manufacturing and distribution of Kasippu business.

    3)Importing and distribution of illegal drugs into the country.

    4)Importing and distributing Cocain Plants into the country.

    5)Growing Ganja in the govt. forest Reserve and taking sole manufacture, and distribution throughout Sri Lanka.

    6)Bringing in mega casino gambling business into the country. Currently putting up 36 story mega casino,brothel, kasippu and drug trade all under one roof.

    7)Bringing in foreign Prostitutes and encouraging local prostitution, massage parlors along with night clubs, drug trade and illegal gambling.

    This is the Pimps economic development Rajapakses are talking about in our country.

    Rajapakses are nothing but a Pimps government, collecting money through illegal means, while visiting Buddhist temples giving them bribes “kappan” to silence them and taking the country back to stone age with high electricity tariff.

    RAJAPAKSE’S NEW PIMP ECONOMIC AISHCHARYA…..

    BY THE PIMPS, FOR THE PIMPS, WHILE CREATING MORE PIMPS…….

    WONDER OF THE WORLD.

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    There goes the plan for the 100 million $ Hotel project in Tangalle – with the “Development First” Philosophy of the regime. Too bad we cannot move the Sri Lankan women serving the Arabs in the middle east to service the tourist – in case they get kicked out for being from an Anti-Muslim country.

    Tourist expect to be served. But rapped and skull damaged and killed. Our development morons dont seem to get it.

    Victoria, if you reading this let me express our shame first. But thank you for fighting this out, because it will help spare many women of the island from the brutality that you faced.

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    Malinda,

    Not a good idea for everyone to put our names. Because most of us do not get to drive white vans.

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    HOW ABOUT DRIVING BLACK VANS.

    START ABDUCTING THE REGIME AND THEIR GOONS.

    TURN THE GUNS AGAINST THE GOONS.

    LOAD THE GUNS WITH SHIT INSTEAD OF AMMO.

    MAKE THE SHIT RUNNY SO IT WILL SPREAD ALL OVER THEIR BODY.

    THIS MIGHT HELP BRING SOME SENSE INTO THEIR THICK HEADS.

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      Now with the unaffordable Power hikes, we will be able to see more Govt. daytime Miguels and Night time Daniels.

      Watch out for your own Wives, sons and daughters, as you never know who will be next.

      Also keep and eye on your mothers and Grand Mothers.

    • 0
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      Promote 10,000 volt laser bras and laser underwares in Sri Lanka.

  • 0
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    hey Leela (of Lee Potter Housing scandal) why so quiet pal are you hiding from the people you played out huh?

    Leela is another Shakvithi ?

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    here are valuable video:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E19P4S9U_lA

    One antoher information as people were aware knowing the facts related to previous investigatios in the involvement of PRESIDENT himself

    colombogazette.com/2013/04/24/duminda-granted-bail-in-case/

    There is no other options, all anti regime locals and IC should PROTEST against this brutal regime. There is no other way than doing so to drive away the criminals.

    People in the country are strong enough to do so – because IC is totally against SRILANKA today with the evidence few more new nations have voted PRO UN resolution against srilanka.
    (Praguay, Brasil, South korea and Malasyia and many other with communistic views – there LTTE have no involvement as every right thinking would feel)

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    David Blacker, You fool. Malinda is always safe and well looked after because he is a stooge . Had there been any freedom of expression in this land I would never have used a pen name. If you can`t understand this vulnerability you are not second to Malinda in your idiocy.

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    Islam never accomodate other religions. Mohamed ask to kill non Muslims.

    then what is the solution for muslims in Sri lanka?

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      M.Sivananthan

      Are you thinking of ethnic cleansing, LTTE style?

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      What about genocide of Buddhists by Hindus in India? Was it according to Shiva’s order to kill all non Hindus in India? Do you know the history of Dalits?

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    In Muslim countries thousands of Sri Lankan men and women are killed by employers. never a trial. why we care about this guy? can someone explain this to me.

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