2 elderly women die of starvation in Jaffna SLA detention centres
[TamilNet, Tuesday, 05 May 2009, 16:59 GMT]
A 79-year-old woman detainee in the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) detention centre in Mirusuvil Roman Catholic Church and a 75-year-old woman in Kathadi Saiva Children Home SLA detention centre are reported dead due to starvation, sources in Jaffna. Jaffna magistrate court, being informed of the deaths, is awaiting post mortem examination reports from medical authorities for further legal action, the sources added.
Ms. Ramalingam Annapooranam, 79, in Mirusivil detention centre and Ms. Cheliah Parvathipillai, 75, in Kathadi detention centre are the women who died of starvation
Meanwhile, Vavuniya magistrate has informed that at least five persons die daily due to starvation in the SLA detention centres in Vavuniyaa.
Many more have been admitted to hospitals due to acute malnutrition and infectious diseases, sources in Vavuniyaa said.