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Army contradicts allegations of sexual exploitation of Tamil women

Colombo, 19 February, (Asiantribune.com):

The Sri Lanka Army Headquarters has revealed that it has noted with dismay a recent statement, alleged to have been made by the head of an ethnic reconciliation body on sexual exploitation and abuses of Tamil women by the Army in the post war scenario. The Army categorically denies the same as a baseless allegation.

In the meantime earlier, it was the former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, the chairman of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation, said that, “Tamil women who survived Sri Lanka’s civil war now face widespread sexual exploitation by officials in their own community, as well as from the army. “

Former president Chandrika Kumaratunga, the chairman of the Office for National Unity and Reconciliation while speaking to the media personnel, said women who were widowed during the 37-year conflict were among the victims of abuse by officials who frequently demand sexual favors just to carry out routine paperwork.

She also pointed out, ”Prosecutions of military personnel or officials for sex crimes are rare in Sri Lanka, although four soldiers were jailed for 25 years for the gang-rape of a young Tamil mother in 2010, a year after the war ended.”

Sri Lanka Army Headquarters while responding to the allegations made by former President Candrika Kumaratunga, without naming her, refuted her allegation and said In 2010, civil administration was firmly established in the North and the Army withdrew from all forms of civil administration.

Sri Lanka Army further pointed out -

Since then, the Army has not been involved in administration concerning civilians, and the question of sexual exploitation and abuses during the said process does not hence arise.

Regrettably, the author of this statement has made unsubstantiated and baseless assertions without specifying any incident of sexual exploitation or abuse.

The Army wishes to place on record that it has a Zero Tolerance Policy on sexual abuses as evidenced in Premawathi Manamperi case in 1971, Krishanthi Kumaraswamy case and Rajini Vellaydunpillai case that took place during the period 1995-2005. In all these instances, the Army fully cooperated with the civil court cases against the accused who were on trial, resulting in death penalty.

In line with this principle, the Army always takes stern action on Army personnel against whom ex facie cases have been and discharged summarily from the Army despite acquittal/pending action in civil courts. It shall continue to pursue this policy.

At a time when the Government is genuinely committed to the Rule of Law and Reconciliation, baseless assertions of this nature would only jeopardize the reconciliation process.

Subsequently in a note purported to have stated circulated among media organizations by Pakistan Defence Media, said to be by military spokesman Brig. Ruwan Wanigasooriya noted that a study of incidents of sexual offences which had occurred in the North between January 2007 and May 2012, had revealed that during the conflict period (January 2007 – May 2009), seven security forces personnel were reported as being involved in five incidents of sexual violence in the North.

This was out of a total of 125 persons accused in 119 incidents in the entire Northern Province. The ethnicity of the victims of these cases was: four Sinhalese and one Tamil.

In the post conflict period (May 2009 – May 2012) ten soldiers were reported as being involved in six incidents of sexual violence in the North.

This is out of a total of 307 persons accused in 256 incidents in the entire Northern Province. The ethnicity of the victims was: 2 Tamil, one Muslim and three Sinhalese.

“This decline clearly demonstrates that the allegation that the presence of the Security Forces in the North contributes to the insecurity of women and girls is a myth,” Brig.Wanigasooriya said.

- Asian Tribune –

In this photograph taken on February 14, 2017, former Sri Lankan president and the head of the country’s reconciliation process Chandrika Kumaratunga speaks to media in Colombo
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