A woman police constable at the Haputale police is alleged to have beaten the 14 year old girl who was recently raped warning her against revealing details of the rapist to the Judicial Medical Officer (JMO).
According to new information received, on July 7, the woman police constable had beaten the young girl, several times with a cane onto her waist and threatened the child not to tell the JMO she had being raped or details of her rapist, a 29 year old bus driver.
*Contrary to the portrayal in the Sri Lanka police website of a ‘friendly and equal service to all’ as shown in the picture above, in reality it appears that the police officers do not carry out their duty in ensuring that justice is meted out to all.
“On the 7th of July when she went to the Haputale Police station, a police woman constable, had beaten the young girl, and told her that when she is taken to the judicial medical officer, not to reveal that she had been raped by the bus driver. She had been beaten with a cane several times on her waistline and threatened her not to tell her story to the doctor – the Judicial Medical Officer (JM0). Despite such threats and being beaten by the police woman constable the young girl has revealed detailed information about her ordeal to the JMO on everything that had taken place during the abduction and rape,” the Asian Human Rights Commission said.
According to the victim, she had been raped twice on the same day by the bus driver. The woman police constable had threatened to kill the victim’s parents and everyone else in the family if she revealed details of the rape or rapist to the JMO.
AHRC said that the conduct of the woman police constable at the Haputale police station needs to be thoroughly investigated and she should be dealt with for the attempted sabotage of justice.
The victim was abducted and raped by her school bus driver on 19th June 2016. Even though the family of the victim lodged a complaint, the culprit, was released without being produced before a Magistrate. The victim’s family says that the police are not taking action against the incident because they belong to the Tamil minority, while the alleged rapist belongs to the majority Sinhala community.