Sri Lanka army camp pelted over rape attempt

[TamilNet, Thursday, 10 March 2005, 13:00 GMT]
Crowds blocked the Jaffna-Pt. Pedro main road Thursday afternoon and stoned the Sri Lanka army’s (SLA) Villu Mathavady camp at Neervely after four soldiers from the SLA unit allegedly attempted to molest a 63 year old woman in the area. Protesting residents alleged that the woman was alone when a solider from the Villu Mathavady camp in Neervely had entered her home, gagged her and attempted to molest her while three of his colleagues stood guard outside. Some civilians in the area were beaten up by troops from the camp as the unrest spread in the area.

The woman had returned home after collecting her pension, according to relatives. The soldiers had run away when neighbours, hearing the woman scream, came to her rescue, they said.

Unrest continues in the area, Police said.



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