Civil groups demand action against sex assaults
[TamilNet, Monday, 21 February 2005, 15:16 GMT]
Citizens Committee, Justice and Peace Commission, Peoples Forum and Traders
Association of Mannar district Monday appealed to Sri Lanka's President Ms
Chandrika Kumaratunge to take stern action against errand policemen who are
involved in sexual assaults on students and women in
Mannar, sources said.
"We request you to consider gradually removing the security forces camps from residential areas where Tamils live, as a goodwill gesture
at a time when there is peace and when the warring parties are observing the Ceasefire Agreement," the memorandum said.
Four civil groups made this plea in a memorandum to the President with
copies to the Ambassadors of Norway, Japan, India, and America, Leader of
the Opposition, Inspector General of Police, Deputy Inspector General of
Police (DIG), Vavuniya, Bishops of Mannar and Jaffna, Vanni district
parliamentarians and UN Secretary General, sources said.
Citing the recent sexual assault on an eighteen-year-old boy in Thalvupadu
by a policeman, the memorandum states that people in Mannar district live in
fear of such assault by members of security forces.
Students are reluctant
to go to school because they are scared for their safety. Violence on civilians in Mannar
has become a routine matter during the ceasefire period, the memorandum further said.