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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 79

Three Aussies shedding crocodile tears for Lankan women

[b]Three Aussies shedding crocodile tears for Lankan women[/b]

By Munza Mushtaq - Reporting for Asian Tribune

[b]Colombo, 03 January, ([/b] A visibly annoyed Women's Empowerment Ministry Secretary Indrani Sugatadasa yesterday called a recent Australian report on women and the post-tsunami situation in Sri Lanka as 'greatly exaggerated and very dramatic'.

Three Australian women attached to the Australasian Journal of Disaster and Trauma Studies have painted an extremely 'horrifying' picture with regard to the security of women who were affected by the tsunami whilst failing to provide proper evidence to authenticate their claims.

The seven page report titled 'Waves of Violence-Women in Post Tsunami Sri Lanka' for instance claimed that a 13 year old girl was gang raped but the police had kept saying that there were no complaints with regard to the incident. The report had failed to give acceptable authenticity to this claim and had only noted that this incident was reported during a 'woman to woman' conversation.

In another instance, the report had alleged that, "two men had pulled a woman from the waves and had asked her, "What would you prefer, to die in the waves or be raped and survive?" She decided to survive because of her children's survival was more important, so the men raped her. She is now terrified that her husband will find out."

Once again the report had failed to provide proper authenticity to this claim and had only given a 'woman to woman conversation' account.

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