Published On:Sunday, March 3, 2013
Posted by Anoop Sharma
In an investigation some unbelievable truths came out that Sri Lankan security forces have committed crimes of sexual violence against ethnic Tamil in state custody. The study focused on cases of alleged rape of men, women and also minors in between 2006 and 2012 because of their suspected links to Tamil tiger rebels.
It documents 75 accounts of aver sexual abuse and mental and physical torture, saying most of them are backed by medical evidence. Sri Lanka's government has ignored the report as "rubbish" and "lies".
It’s around 100,000 people died or murdered during the 26-year long war between Sri Lankan forces and Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). The Tamil Tigers were defeated in 2009.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said sex crime committed Sri Lankan security forces itself following a ceasefire breakdown in 2006. Most of abuses and torture were motivated by government.
According to the report, it contents 75 cases of alleged rape, harassment or torture of 31 men, 41 women and 3 boys aged under 18, these all were arrested for suspicion links to LTTE. Out of these a women said she was raped just over a year ago in the Colombo office of the Criminal Investigation Department. In another case, a former rebel who surrendered in 2009 said a metal rod balls inserted inside his penis which was surgically removed when he escaped from Sri Lanka. A third man said he was raped many times beaten and harassed when he was 17 year old by military.
Spokesman Keheliya Rambukwella of government dismissed all the charges of report as lies. According to him “If they are making allegation they should give us medical evidence so we see if we’ve investigated. The allegations are beyond any criminal activity, used to tarnish the image of the country, it is full lies. And there is no truth in that report.”
HRW conducted the interviews over a period of 1 year with former detainees in different countries. Because of the government restrictions the research was carried out secretly.
Based on the witness statements, members of Sri Lankan army, police and pro-government Tamil paramilitary groups are behind all this sex crime.
Report has asked on the Sri Lankan government to investigate and prosecute those responsible, including military, police and other members of government itself.