THW WHOLE WORLD SHOULD INVESTIGATE THE WAR CRIMES OF SRILANKA BASED ON BUDDIHISM http://www.tamilnet.com/search.html?string=rape&stype=&view=summary&pg=10

CHINA AND SRILANKAN ARMY BOTH ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR RAPES IN SRILANKA. ITS THE INFLUENCE OF BUDDHISM WHICH HAS INCREASED RAPES IN SRILANKA.THERE IN NO RECORD OF LTTE RAPING SINGALESE SO HOW CAN THEY BE CALLED TERRORISTS.

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Chinese corporate worker arrested for rape in Nuraichchoalai

[TamilNet, Friday, 30 April 2010, 06:09 GMT]
A 36 years old Chinese electrician of China’s Coal Power Plant at Nuraichchoalai in Puththa’lam district was arrested for allegedly raping a 14 years old school girl, according to media reports Thursday. Munthal (Mundalama) police arrested the suspect. The incident, according to police spokesperson, took place in a lorry parked near Munthal water tank.

Munthal and Nuraichchoalai are traditional Tamil / Muslim villages in the Puththa’lam district, of North Western Province.

Many Chinese and Indian workers are expected soon in the North and East where the corporates will have more powers than the local people striped of their sovereignty, human rights sources in Mannaar observed.

Tamil children raped

[TamilNet, Saturday, 06 September 1997, 05:18 GMT]
A six year old Tamil girl was reported to have been raped by several Sri Lankan soldiers in Jaffna. The child is said to have been seriously injured during the assault. This is the latest in a number of attacks on children that have been carried out by Sinhalese troops operating in Tamil areas, and fears are growing of a paedophile network within the Sri Lankan military.

Sri Lankan troops manning a checkpoint in Jaffna snatched the youngster on her way to school. Several soldiers are said to have raped her within the checkpoint bunker, inflicting serious injuries. The girl has been admitted to Jaffna general hospital.

Travelers from Jaffna who reached Vavuniya recently say that another child, a 10-year old girl was said to have been raped by Sri Lankan soldiers in Atchuvely a few weeks ago.

Attacks on Tamil children are not a new phenomenon. On 12 November 1996, 10 year old Thenuka Selvarajah was abducted, also whilst on her way to school, by Sri Lankan troops from the Puttur army camp. Several soldiers took turns raping her. The traumatised child was then released into the street.

The principal of her school took the child to the nearest major SLA camp, located ironically at Atchuveley. The pair were ejected from the premises by Sinhalese soldiers who refused to record the principal’s complaint and reportedly sneered at his protests.

Several Tamil children have disappeared in areas controlled by the Sri Lankan military. Last year, several bodies of children in sacks floated onto the island’s beaches. Many corpses were dressed in Jaffna school uniforms.

Similar attacks on children have been reported from parts of Batticaloa which are under Sri Lankan army control.

Human rights organisations have reported hundreds of rapes of Tamil women and girls by Sinhalese soldiers in the past few years, and the numbers are said to be rising.

Most of the attacks occur in the north and east of the island, areas from which the Sri Lankan government has banned the international press from entering.

However, the singling out of young children for attack has led to local fears of a paedophile network operating within the Sri Lankan military.

Despite protests by several human rights groups, victims and even parliamentarians over the widespread abuse of women and girls, the Sri Lankan government has chosen to ignore the issue altogether.

Some counter insurgency analysts say that the government’s silence is tacit approval of the Sri Lankan military’s use of terror to force the Tamil populace into accepting Colombo’s rule.

“It’s a means of hitting the guerrillas’ psyche” said one. “Attacks on civilians, particularly on womenfolk and children would send a message to the fighters in the bush that their families will pay a terrible price for continued attacks [on Sri Lankan troops]”.

This government-guaranteed impunity has seems to have emboldened the Sri Lankan military which arguably has one of the worst human rights records in the world.

It is in such a climate of unaccountability and acceptance of excess that the assaults on Tamil children seem to be emerging.

As the Sri Lankan military has escalated its campaign to induce war-weariness in the Tamil populace, atrocities have become legitimised as military strategy. However, the rapes of small children is a clear indication that the strategy is now out of control: most observers are doubtful that the terror campaign can be easily turned off.

Tamils suffer discrimination: Canadian court

[TamilNet, Monday, 29 September 1997, 12:03 GMT]
Whilst ruling on the case of Mr. Suresh Manickavasagam, the presiding Judge said that in his opinion the Tamil people suffered from discrimination. The Judge did not rule on the LTTE itself, saying he was not in a position to pass judgment on the conflict in Sri Lanka. During the case, the Judge had been presented with evidence of gross human rights violations by successive Sri Lankan governments against the Tamil people. 

The Canadian Immigration authorities had served a certificate on Mr. Manickavasagam stating that they had reasonable grounds to believe that he was a member of the LTTE, and that there were reasonable grounds to believe that the LTTE engaged in terrorism.

In his summing up on August 31, 1997, the Judge, Mr. Justice Teitelbaum upheld the Immigration authorities decision to issue Mr. Manickavasagam with a security certificate, but noted that Tamils were discriminated against in Sri Lanka.

He said “I can only say and do say that, based on the evidence made before me, the Tamil people of Sri Lanka suffer from discrimination, and, based on some of the evidence made before me, may have suffered, in certain specific cases, from what may be considered persecution.”

During the course of the judicial review (the case against Mr. Manickavasagam did not constitute a civil or criminal trial), the defense had presented considerable evidence of the situation in Sri Lanka with regards to the Tamil people.

Mr. Manickavasagam’s defense had challenged the Immigration authorities’ allegation, arguing that the LTTE was a national liberation organization. However, while the prosecution only had to prove that they had reasonable grounds to believe that the LTTE was engaged in terrorism, the defense had to prove conclusively that the LTTE was not.

While conceding that the court could not define the term ‘terrorism’, the Judge had taken the position that the defense had not proved the Immigration Minister did not have reasonable grounds.

However, the Judge had noted that he was not ruling on the Tamil question, saying ” I would add that it is not the function of the Court to solve political issues that exist between groups of people in another country.”

The Judge’s comments have clearly irked the Sri Lankan government as they have nullified much of Colombo’s potential propaganda benefits from the ruling.

In an article written by the Sri Lankan government’s representative to the UN and published in the Colombo press, the Sri Lankan government criticized the Judge’s statements, saying that it was “regrettable that the Judge ….should have ventured to pronounce on the peripheral issue of discrimination”.

Girl attempts suicide after rape

[TamilNet, Friday, 31 October 1997, 23:59 GMT]
A girl who was abducted and found the next day near her house tied up and unconscious in Nayanmarkaddu in Jaffna recently was admitted to hospital on Wednesday Oct.29 after attempting to commit suicide by consuming a large quantity of kerosene.

She was released from hospital today. The girl, Chandrika, was admitted to hospital following the earlier incident in which she was allegedly raped by several men. However, the medical report said that she had not been sexually assaulted.

A source in Jaffna said that there is suspicion on the part of those who took up Chandrika’s case with the authorities that the doctor’s report might have been produced under some pressure from interested parties.

Chandrika lives alone with the her father in Nayanmarkaddu.

However, a Tamil party source in Jaffna said that the girl is now refusing to go back home. He also said that some links of her father who is said to be a heavy Kassippu (illicit liquor) drinker have to investigated first before coming to any conclusion as to the girl’s future.

He pointed out that the girl’s version of the incidents is yet to be heard properly.

40 year old woman raped

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 28 October 1997, 23:59 GMT]
A forty year old woman who had been abducted and raped allegedly by soldiers of the SLA, was admitted to the Manthikai hospital yesterday with injuries and multiple lesions.

The woman who went missing on Friday Oct.24 was taking her goats to pasture near Karaveddy Yaakkarai Pillaiyar temple that day.

She was found unconscious with her clothes torn late on Saturday.

Doctors in the hospital said that she is suffering from trauma and that they have treated her wounds and lesions.

They said she has been sexually assaulted.

Tamil student dies after ragging

[TamilNet, Monday, 27 October 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The first year Tamil engineering student of Peradeniya University who had a kidney failure recently following severe ragging by senior students died last night in a hospital in Colombo.

Seven senior students of the engineering faculty of the university were taken into custody by the Kandy Police in connection with this ragging incident.

Meanwhile a Sinhala girl -also a first year student – in the University of Ruhunu committed suicide this week as she was unable to bear ragging by her senior students.

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Food supplies to Mullaitivu cut off

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 October 1997, 23:59 GMT]
Officials at the district secretariat in Vavuniya confirmed today that food supplies cannot be sent to the eastern part of the Mullaithivu district, as the Sri Lankan army has stopped all supplies from passing on the Mankulam – Ottisuddan – Mullaithivu road.

They said that the Sri Lankan army has established a series of camps and supply depots on this road and that as a consequence, people are abandoning villages and settlements that have come under its artillery range.

Reports from the area say that the Sri Lankan army’s big guns have been pounding the Mullaitivu region for over a week.

The Government agent for Mullaithivu, Mr. M. Tharmakulasingham has stated that the situation is serious as he has only about three weeks of food supply left.

The Government Agents of Vavuniya and Mullaithivu are trying to secure permission from the Sri Lankan MoD to take supply lorries to the Vanni interior and Mullaithivu to avert the imminent crisis.

It is expected that the displaced persons from Jaffna who have settled in large numbers in Mullaithivu would be the first to be affected.These refugees largely depend on dry rations distributed by the GAs.

Crime being encouraged in Jaffna?

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 08 October 1997, 23:59 GMT]
Crime is on the increase in the Jaffna peninsula. A large shop in the Maththiya Maha Viththiyalayam road in the Nelliady town was robbed of several hundred thousand rupees and a large quantity of valuable goods last week.

Several shops in the town’s bus stand area were also robbed earlier. None of the culprits have been caught. The robbers on both occasions had got in through the roofs at midnight.

Traders who are trying under difficult circumstances to rebuild their businesses are worried that the thieves are able to prowl at night in an area saturated with Sri Lankan army troops. No action has been taken despite several complaints lodged by the traders.

Cattle rustlers have also become active in the peninsula now. Two men were caught recently in Thunnalai for stealing several cattle for slaughter. Most rustlers, however, remain at large. This is mainly due to the high price of beef in Jaffna say residents. A kilo of the meat sells at rupees 130.00 (2.2 US dollars).

Farmers are alarmed because protecting their cattle at night can cost them their lives given the unofficial curfew which prevails in the peninsula after dark.

The sale of Kasippu (hooch) has also become widespread in the peninsula. The dens which sell Kasippu are generally located by the side of Sri Lankan military camps and hence operate with a measure of impunity.

Wives and parents who are perturbed over the return of the hooch menace (called Poochchi in some parts of Jaffna) say they are helpless due to the tacit protection the manufacturers and retailers of Kasippu appear to getting from the sections of the Sri Lankan armed forces.

Meanwhile video parlours showing pornographic movies have quietly mushroomed in many parts of Valigamam. The matter has been noted with regret in sections of the Tamil press as well.

It is a well known fact that mini-movie theatres showing blue films operated in the vicinity of schools in Batticaloa town with the unofficial sanction of the Sri Lankan police until recently.

In contrast, the Sri Lankan government takes very tough action against porn movie operators in Colombo and its suburbs as soon as they are detected.

“This is part of the Sri Lankan government’s psy-war on Tamil youth” said a teacher who recently returned from Jaffna.

Tamil youth reported missing

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 November 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The Eelanatham, the only Tamil daily published in the LTTE controlled Vanni region said today that a youth who went to see the house and garden of his family in Konthakkaran Kulam two kilometers west of Omanthai on Thursday Nov. 6 has been reported missing since then.

The youth is Ponnambalam Yogathaas, 23, orginally an inhabitant of Kunchikkulam in the district of Mannar.

He belongs to one of the families which were displaced from Kunchikkulam – an old Tamil catholic village that lies deep in the jungles south of the road between Mannar and Murunkan.

Sources said that stragglers in areas which lie in the vicinity of the Sri Lankan army’s forward defence positions, if detected, invariably have their throats slit by the platoon sized patrols of the SLA that roam under cover beyond the FDLs.

Many similar cases, including that of a catholic priest, have been reported in the areas ahead of the SLA’s base in Kilinochchi.

Tamil mother shot in revenge

[TamilNet, Saturday, 22 November 1997, 23:59 GMT]
A fifty two year old woman was shot and seriously wounded by a Sri Lankan soldier last evening around 6.30 p.m. at Mirisuvil in the Thenmaradchi sector in Jaffna.

She was returning home from a field nearby with her cow that had gone there to graze during the day when she was shot at by a lone soldier from a SLA detachment in the area.

The woman, identified as Nagaratnam Maheswari, is now at the Intensive Care Unit of the Jaffna hospital.

Sources said that the soldier who had shot her had been harassing the woman’s young daughter for her favours.

The woman had sent the girl away to Colombo when she had discovered the matter.

The soldier was angered by this, said the sources.

amil civilians assaulted

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 11 November 1997, 23:59 GMT]
All civilians who went past the Muththirai junction in Jaffna after 7 p.m. last night were severely assaulted by the SL army.

Residents in the area said that the reason for this was not clear.

Some ventured the suggestion that somebody from the camp might have been killed in one of the daily attacks by the LTTE on the army in recent weeks.

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Parents fear for missing Tamil youth

[TamilNet, Sunday, 09 November 1997, 23:59 GMT]
Pathmanathan Sri Kumaran, 22, of Thinnevely in Jaffna has been reported missing since last evening.

The boy had left home in his bicycle around 5.30 p.m. yesterday to see a friend in Nallur.He went missing on his way back to Thinnevely from Nallur.

His family, displaced from Karainagar many years ago, has made inquiries at all the army camps and checkpoints that are on the way.

The army has said that the boy was not arrested by them.

But Sri Kumaran’s family says that something could be amiss as it was dusk when the boy had set out from Nallur to cycle back home.

Three die due to drug shortage

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 31 December 1997, 23:59 GMT]
Three members of a family died in the course of twelve days recently in the Vanni due to a severe shortage of medicines in the region.

They were identified as Kalithasan, a nine month old infant, M. Sangarapillai, 48 and Mariaal, 75. They had died of diarrhoea and Malaria in the village of Perangandal in Thunukkai.

Sources attributed the deaths to scarcity of drugs brought about in the Vanni by the government’s ban on medical supplies to the region.

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Young girls accosted by CID officer

[TamilNet, Friday, 26 December 1997, 23:59 GMT]
A young girl, identified as Kandhaiah Amudha of Vidaththalthivu in Mannar, who was allegedly raped by a Sri Lankan Police intelligence operative in vavuniya town yesterday retracted her statement to the Police this afternoon.

The girl is from a family living in a minor settlement on the town’s outskirts.

The girl was walking along with her elder sister by a lodge in vavuniya town yesterday when both had been accosted by a CID officer who had wanted to take them to a room in the lodge for ‘investigations’.

The elder sister escaped from the man while being taken to the lodge and complained to the local PLOTE office that her sister was in danger.

The lodge was surrounded by PLOTE cadres immediately and the man was apprehended and handed over to the Police.

The girl who had been forced into the lodge told the Police that she had been molested by the CID officer.

Mr.S. Shanmuganathan MP of the PLOTE sent a note to the Police chief in Vavuniya protesting against the incident.

However, PLOTE sources said that the girl had informed the Police today that she was not molested by the CID officer.

Sources said that the girl might have been intimidated to retract her statement.

Disappearances committee in Palaly

[TamilNet, Saturday, 13 December 1997, 23:59 GMT]
The committee appointed by the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence (MoD) to inquire into complaints of disappearances in the peninsula under Brigadier Bandula Kulatunga arrived in Jaffna today.

Senior Government administrative officers here were earlier expecting the committee to have its sittings in the Jaffna kachcheri this time. But the committee is still in Palaly they said.

All its earlier sittings were held in the Palaly airforce-army base complex.

The MoD committee has informed the Missing Persons’ Guardian Association (MPGA) of Jaffna that it has recorded 27 complaints of disappearances which took place in 1997, 306 which happened in 1996 and 45 complaints about people who went missing in 1995 – 96.

The committee has told the MPGA that of the 306 complaints about persons who went missing in 1996, people turned up to give evidence only for 223 and that 83 complainants had failed to appear before the committee.

The MPGA officials flatly deny this saying that the 83 persons gave evidence before the MoD committee.

Palai hospital short of equipment

[TamilNet, Saturday, 31 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
An average of 90-95 patients suffering from Malaria come daily for treatment to the hospital in Palai, south east of Jaffna town, says the TamilNet’s Jaffna correspondent who visited the area today.

Dr.Ambikaipaakan, the Medical Officer at the hospital said that he had no refrigeration facilities to preserve some vital drugs.

The SLA in the area has said it would distribute food to the patients in the hospital to mark the golden jubilee of Sri Lanka’s independence on February 4.

However, the medical officer says that it would be more useful if the hospital was to get a water tank to supply running water to the patients and a fridge to keep drugs in.

Malaria compounded by drug shortage

[TamilNet, Friday, 30 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A three year old girl, Saranya Ravi, died today at Jaffna hospital of malaria, due to the lack of drugs. She was first admitted to Chavakachcheri hospital three days ago with a high fever, and then she was from there to Jaffna.

Malaria reached almost epidemic proportions in the Vanni region last month with continuous rains lashing northern Sri Lanka and a lack of medicines and the scarcity of medical personnel and treatment facilities.

The Sri Lanka Army is sais to be restricting the supply of medicines to the north.

Refugees arriving in from the Vanni and poor sanitation facilities in the Thenmaradchi sector of Jaffna have contributed to the high incidence of malaria in this part of the peninsula.

SLA denies arresting youths

[TamilNet, Friday, 30 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has denied arresting two youths, taken into custody by soldiers from Valaichenai paper mills camp on Wednesday at Peythalai, near Valaichenai 30 km north of Batticaloa.

The parent who had gone in search of the boys yesterday told TamiNet that the army at the paper mills camp had informed them that they had not arrested their sons.

The two youths S. Sundaram (20)and Kamaleswaran (22) are students at the Government Vocational training Centre at Vantharamoolai, 17 kilometers north of Batticaloa. The whereabouts of the boys are still not known.

Meanwhile two civilians identified as Natkunam Chandrakumar 22, an employee of the Chenkalady Co-operative Society and T. Thanabalasingham were admitted to Batticaloa hospital on Wednesday with severe concussions after being beaten up by the SLA at the Mavadivembu camp, 22 kilometers north of Batticaloa.

Soldiers of the camp who had been angry about a time bomb that had gone off the night before at a spot where they normally rest while on route clearing patrols in the area, had assaulted the two who were passing by the detachment on their way to work next morning.

Election rules breached in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Election monitors covering the Jaffna local polls recorded a number of violations of election laws in the islands off the Jaffna peninsula, said sources close to the independent monitoring committee.

At five out of eight polling stations visited by the Peoples Action Front for Free and Fair Elections (PAFFREL), two vehicles, one of which was an Elf van, with cadres identified as members of the Eelam Peoples democratic Party (EPDP), were observed entering the election booths repeatedly today.

Some of the persons in the vehicles were seen with ballot papers stuffed in their pockets, said sources.

The only polling agents present in many of these booths were reported to be members of the EPDP.

This had enabled the party to violate the law with impunity. The islands of Velanai, Pungudutheevu and Kayts off the Jaffna peninsula, were among the areas observed by election monitors.

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Civilians injured in pre-poll shelling

[TamilNet, Thursday, 29 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Five civilians, including a 12 year old child, were injured when the Sri Lankan Army shelled Gurnagar, an area by the lagoon in Jaffna town yesterday around 10:45 p.m., said the Jaffna TN correspondent.

The shelling which is believed to have originated from either the Palaly or Atchelu camp north of Jaffna town, destroyed a house in Gurunagar which was occupied by the five people who were injured by the shrapnel.

The condition of three them is said to be critical.

The house was close to a five storied building.

Unconfirmed reports reaching the TN correspondent said the SLA had shelled boats of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the lagoon.

The army also fired heavy artillery in the direction of the coast southeast of Jaffna town and further south towards Pooneryn.

Security in Jaffna has been tightened for the local government polls which is now in progress.

Unemployed graduates to protest

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 27 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Members of the Unemployed Graduates Union of Batticaloa (UGUB), will do a ‘sit-in’ demonstration before the Gandhi statue in Batticaloa town tomorrow morning because the police has refused to grant them permission to hold a mass rally, said K Udayakumar, the deputy leader of the organisation.

The UGUB, which boasts of 435 predominantly Tamil and Muslim members in the Batticaloa district, was to hold the rally to highlight the problem of unemployment of undergraduates in the eastern province.

Tomorrow’s sit-in will be attended by MPs of the Batticaloa District. This will be followed by a relay fast scheduled to commence on Thursday.

Most voting cards not claimed

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 27 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Of the approximately 12,000 poll cards sent to the postmaster of Kayts, an island northwest of the Jaffna peninsula, only 3000 have been issued up to 2.00 p.m. today, postal department sources told the TamilNet correspondent.

The poll cards to all the areas where local government elections are to be held, have been despatched according to the number of registered voters resident when the lists were last revised, which was in 1986.

However, prolonged military operations and outward migration from the Jaffna has resulted in the number of registered voters actually resident in Jaffna today, to be considerably less than in 1986.

Elections for the 17 Local Government bodies in the Jaffna peninsula is scheduled for Thursday.

Civilians assaulted by police, soldiers

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A tractor driver at Kalwanchikudi town, about 20 km south of Batticaloa was severely assaulted by the Sri Lankan Police this morning for leaving his tractor unattended, scaring them that a bomb was concealed in it, said sources in Kalawanchikudi.

The driver had parked the tractor opposite the Peoples’ Bank building and gone to the shop nearby.

The police arrived on the scene and after asking for the owner and finding no claimants dispersed the bystanders saying that a bomb could be concealed within.

The driver had come out of the shop and informed the police that the tractor was his.

The police had promptly beaten him, forcing the driver to take treatment for bruises and aches at the Kalawanchikudi hospital.

Soldiers from the 3 Brigade of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) assaulted the watcher of the Palmyrah Board’s Regional Office for Batticaloa – Amparai last night, said sources in Batticaloa.

The soldiers, who are camped in front of the Regional Office since last week, demanded that they be allowed to share its toilets, telephone and the well.

But the office authorities didn’t accede to the demands and had told the soldiers that government property should not abused.

The military in turn had said that they too are engaged in the business of the State and as such had the right to avail themselves of the office facilities.

Last night the soldiers were blocked by the watcher while attempting to force their way into the office. He was severely assaulted by the SLA personnel.

Civilian areas being shelled at night

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 21 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Army (SLA) keeps on firing mortars into the densely populated areas of Valaichenai 30 km north of Batticaloa almost every night despite the mounting civilian toll, said sources in Valaichenai.

It is also doing it to deprive people of the area even of their livelihood says the TamilNet correspondent in Batticaloa.

The SLA shells Naasivantheevu, an island in the estuary of the Valaichenai lagoon from the Fisheries Harbour Camp preventing fishermen from going out to fish at night.

There are 170 families in this island who are engaged in fishing which is the major source of income for the people of the area. The SLA also shells the Kinnaiyadi area from its Paper Factory Camp.

Civilians in the Valaichenai have been continuously subjected to shelling from the SLA camps which dot the locality.

Teenage refugee assaulted in SLA camp

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 20 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A girl arrested by the SLA from the refugee camp at Poonthottam in Vavuniya on Sunday January 18 and released last morning was admitted to the Vavuniya hospital with complaints of internal pains later.

The girl, identified as Kanapathy Yaalini, 17, was picked by the SLA from the nearby Maamaduwa camp on a tip off that she had been a member of the Liberation Tigers before her family was displaced from Poovarasankulam, west of Vavuniya.

She was held in the camp overnight and had been beaten up by female soldiers there during interrogation said sources in Vavuniya.

After releasing her yesterday, the Maamaduwa army took her brother into custody.

Refugees without food for weeks

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 20 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Refugees from Karadiyanaaru on the Chenkaladi – Badulla Road, 30 km northwest of Batticaloa, settled in Aiyankerni and the 4th ward of Eravur about 14 km north Batticaloa have not been supplied with dry rations since last month, said sources from Eravur.

The usual procedure for the distribution of dry rations from the Ministry of Rehabilitation is through the multi-purpose cooperatives (MPCS) in the areas.

However the MPCs complain that they are short of liquid cash to purchase new supplies of dry rations. This is due to the Ministry owing the MPCs 6.7 million rupees.

Man commits suicide after assault

[TamilNet, Thursday, 22 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A young man, Sivakumaran (30), committed suicide in distress after being assaulted by members of the Tamil Eelam Liberation Organisation (TELO) who had beaten him up for condemning TELO activists for killing a youth in cold blood in Aaraipattai seven kilometers south of Batticaloa, said sources in that village.

He had taken his life by drinking poison.

TELO activists had shot the youth dead after suspending him from a rope tied to his neck at Vannanthurai in Aaraipattai in the latter part of last month. He had been shot seven times.

Mr. Sivakumaran was assaulted despite being the brother-in-law of TELO’s Aaraipattai regional office head and the local Pradeshiya Sabha chairman Mr. Robert Navaratnarajah.

Fisherman badly wounded

[TamilNet, Thursday, 15 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A Muslim fisherman was severely wounded by Sri Lanka Army (SLA) firing early this morning at Miravodai, near Ottamavadi, 25 km north of Batticaloa, said sources in Valaichenai. The youth, identified as M. Mustapha, was out fishing in the Valaichenai lagoon when he was shot through his testicles by the army.

Soldiers at a sentry by the lagoon, according to SLA sources, had detected movements by the LTTE and had fired towards Pirambaditheevu which is across the lagoon from Miravodai.

Mustapha was removed to Valaichenai hospital and later transferred to the Batticaloa Hospital.

This incident follows another in Valaichenai yesterday, when a young Tamil fisherman S. Sivarajah was injured in SLA firing.

Hindu priest denied access to new library

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 14 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Soldiers guarding a checkpoint near the venue of the opening ceremony of the temporary Jaffna Library this morning harassed a Hindu priest and political activists, said Jaffna sources.

The priest, a Brahmin by the name of Balakrishna Sharma was asked to remove his headgear to pass the checkpoint. When he refused, he was turned back.

In another incident at the same checkpoint, members of the Eelam Peoples’ Democratic Party (EPDP) who are campaigning for the forthcoming local government elections in the north were denied entry.

However, the prompt intervention of EPDP chief Douglas Devanada, ensured the passage of his cadres through the checkpoint.

These stringent security measures were put in place by the army for the visit of Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Education Minister Richard Pathirana of the Sri Lanka Government to Jaffna for the opening of the temporary Jaffna Library this morning.

Residents around the Kandy Road and the Jaffna Kachcheri in the heart of the town complained of harassment last night when security forces meticulously and repeatedly searched the houses in the area prior to today’s event.

Youth shot at while fishing

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 14 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A Tamil youth, S. Sivakumar (17), was severely wounded when he was shot by soldiers while he was fishing at the Valaichenai lagoon, at 6.00 p.m. today, said sources in Valachenai.

The soldiers were returning from a patrol on the Valaichenai – Kalkudah Road 32 km north of Batticaloa. Sivakumar was admitted to Batticaloa Hospital.

This followed an incident at 7.30 a.m. this morning in the same area, when a Muslim youth, Achchi Muhamdu (28) was electrocuted when he got entangled into the electrified fence that runs along the perimeter of the Valaichenai military camp.

One side of the perimeter is along the Valaichenai lagoon where Achchi Muhamadu was fishing.

Most voting cards not claimed

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 27 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Of the approximately 12,000 poll cards sent to the postmaster of Kayts, an island northwest of the Jaffna peninsula, only 3000 have been issued up to 2.00 p.m. today, postal department sources told the TamilNet correspondent.

The poll cards to all the areas where local government elections are to be held, have been despatched according to the number of registered voters resident when the lists were last revised, which was in 1986.

However, prolonged military operations and outward migration from the Jaffna has resulted in the number of registered voters actually resident in Jaffna today, to be considerably less than in 1986.

Elections for the 17 Local Government bodies in the Jaffna peninsula is scheduled for Thursday.

Civilians killed by SLA fire

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 27 January 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Two civilians were killed by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) last night around 8:30 p.m., when soldiers mistook them for members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), at Kiran near Valaichenai, 30 km north of Batticaloa.

The soldiers, who were lying in ambush for the LTTE, opened fire with small arms and killed K.Selvarajah (38) and S. Sivapalan (31).

This was followed by SLA shelling, which destroyed a house about 200 meters away and killed an occupant identified as S. Parvathi (65).

It is alleged that Selvarajah and Sivapalan were inebriated at the time they were shot dead by the SLA ambush party.

The body of the woman was removed to Eravur hospital, while those of the two killed in Kiran were sent to the Valaichenai hospital. The bodies were identified by relatives today.

amilNet, Friday, 20 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The heads of 23 Tamil schools, in the predominantly Tamil area of Ambagamuwa in the Nuwara Eliya District were denied their monthly salaries today for not answering a circular in Sinhala sent by the Education Department of the Central Provincial Council last year, said sources in Nuwara Eliya.

The circular which was sent by Dept. Of Education of the Central Provincial Council was meant to ascertain the details of the schools in the Ambagamuwa area.

The heads of the schools, who are all Tamils, had not replied the circular either as a mark of protest or because they could not understand what was said in it.

Despite Tamil being recognised as an official language following the Indo-Lanka Accord of 1987, much of the official communication of the Sri Lanka Government, the Provincial Councils and the local authorities is in Sinhala. This practice prevails even in areas that are predominantly Tamil.

Tamil citizens also complain often of receiving Sri Lankan Government letters in Sinhala, or having to make statements to the Sri Lankan police in Sinhala.

Tamil MPs regularly complain in Parliament about the plight of Tamil citizens and officials who are not conversant in Sinhala.

But the Sinhala officialdom defends itself, saying that it lacks adequate facilities for translation. The Official Language Commission has tried to take steps to implement the regulations on language that is in the statute books, but up to now has made little headway.

Malnutrition, war said severely affecting children

[TamilNet, Saturday, 14 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
“The conflict situation in Jaffna, today has severely affected children of all ages by retarding their mental development. It also affects schooling and breaks up homes,” said Dr. Sabah Jeyarajah, of the Faculty of Medicine, University of Jaffna, at a meeting in Jaffna on Thursday.

The meeting was sponsored by the Child Development Organisation and held at the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society auditorium.

Dr. Jeyarajah spoke extensively on malnutrition among children caused by food shortage during war.

He said that it slowed mental growth in children and did not give them the physical energy required at their age.

He also spoke about war interrupting education and not providing a suitable environment where systematic studies could be undertaken.

War also traumatised children by subjecting them to severe family pressures, such as what children face when they lose one or both parents, are separated from them, or become displaced as refugees.

There are no Sri Lankan Government sponsored institutions to treat children suffering from trauma in the Jaffna Peninsula.

There are only NGOs and voluntary organisations which provide these services which are inadequate to meet the needs said medical sources who commented on Dr. Jeyarajah observations.

Woman marked by informant

[TamilNet, Friday, 13 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Vethanayagam Geetha (29), a woman from Muthalaikudah west of Batticaloa across the lagoon was apprehended by the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) at the Aaraiampathy checkpoint, 3 km from Batticaloa town yesterday, said sources in Valaichenai.

She was identified at the checkpoint by a Tamil youth who is working with the SLA, said sources.

Geetha was going to Muthalaikudah from Batticaloa town when she was apprehended by the SLA.

Brazen robberies in Suthumalai

[TamilNet, Thursday, 12 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Suthumalai in Jaffna has become a thief’s paradise with a spate of burglaries occurring recently in the area which is under Sri Lanka Army (SLA) jurisdiction.

On Wednesday, February 3, a group of six persons knocked on the door of a house near the Madaththadi Pillaiyaar Kovil demanding it be opened.

When the occupants refused, the visitors claimed they were soldiers on a search operation. They reassured everyone in the house that they meant no harm. The door was opened and in walked four persons, while two others stood guard outside.

They were all clad in military fatigues and carried guns which “looked real”.

They ordered the inmates of the house to assemble in a room with their identity cards, and walked in to check the inner rooms.

After having carried out a diligent ‘check’ they reappeared, thanked the occupants profusely for their co-operation and walked away, but not before apologising for the mess they had created by turning the contents of the cupboards topsy-turvy.

It was only after they had gone that the inmates realised that 25,000 rupees in cash which was in the house had been burgled.

By then the robbers with their toy guns and loot had fled. On February 6, thieves entered the Puveneswary Ambal Temple through the roof and plundered the jewels on the statues of God Pillaiyar Goddess Ambal, and a very expensive gold plate at the foot of the statue.

They then turned their attention on the temple’s till and made away with all the money in it too. The total haul is estimated to be worth rupees 200,000. The temple authorities have complained to the Sri Lanka Army.

Drug shortage spurs Jaffna black market

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 11 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Delays in supply from Colombo have caused an acute shortage of vitally needed drugs in hospitals in the Jaffna Peninsula, said sources in Jaffna. This has led to these drugs to be sold at exorbitant prices in the black-market.

Ventolin, the commonly used drug for asthma, anti-rabies vaccine and injections and drugs needed to combat heart diseases are among those that have been scarce in Jaffna hospitals during the past two weeks.

Sources said that this was due delay in the supplies for the first quarter of 1998 reaching Jaffna.

Drugs are supplied to the Jaffna District by the Ministry of Health once in four months.

Fishing ban said hampering resettlement

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 11 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Rehabilitation and Reconstruction Authority of the North (RRAN) has requested Sri Lanka President Chandrika Kumaratunga, to issue an order so that displaced persons in the area between Tellipalai and Kankesanthurai north of Jaffna town, which includes the army’s vast High Security Zone, are allowed to resettle in their original homes, said sources in Jaffna.

Much of this is part the Kankesanthurai- Palaly Sri Lanka Army base complex and other military institutions.

Meanwhile, 500 refugees families from Vasanthapuram in Ilavalai, 14 km north of Jaffna town, who were permitted to resettle in their homes, refused to do so.

The families, who are predominantly fisher folk, refused resettle in Vasanthapuram because the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) has clamped restrictions on fishing in the area.

They say that the restrictions hampers their livelihood and hence they will not have any means to live there when they resettle.

Meanwhile restrictions placed on early morning fishing in the Jaffna lagoon near Gurunagar in the Jaffna town have been lifted by the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) from Monday February 9, said Jaffna sources. Fishing is now permitted from 5 a.m.

Disease takes Jaffna toll

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 11 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Sixteen persons died this year in the Jaffna District from Malaria, Dr. E. Deivendram, of the Jaffna Municipal Council told the TamilNet correspondent today. Death from Malaria for 1997 stood at 41. There were also 104 deaths from dengue last year.

Dr. E. Deivendram said that the principal causes for this were insufficient drugs to combat the disease, inadequate quantities malathion anti-mosquito spray being supplied to the Jaffna District.

He said the number of municipal workers to spray the Malathion was not enough.

It is estimated that 160 barrels of Malathion spray are required for three months in the Jaffna District, but only 10 barrels reach the municipal authorities.

Jaffna municipal workers who were ordered by the Sri Lanka Army to work on construction sites for the opening of the Jaffna Library, could not clean garbage or remove stagnant water where mosquitoes breed in abundance.

However 27 labourers have been returned to the council now, said Dr. Deivendram.

Youth ‘disappears’ in SLA custody

[TamilNet, Monday, 09 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A youth from the refugee camp in nearby Vinayakapuram who was arrested by the Sri Lankan army from the Kiran bridge camp on Jan.31,while on his way to collect firewood has gone missing say his parents.

The army at the Kiran bridge camp have denied that they ever arrested the youth, Sivaguru Yogeswaran, 17.

But the parents say that many others who went with their son that day saw him being detained by the soldiers at this camp.

The parents keep going to the camp regularly to plead with the officers there to tell them about their son’s whereabouts.

Sivaguru and his family fled their village of Oothuchchenai in 1990 when the SLA moved into the area and massacred civilians.

Efforts to resettle these refugees were given up due to the army’s objections. Oothuchchenai is near the Sinhala border about fifty kilometers northwest of Batticaloa.

650 Tamils expelled from Colombo

[TamilNet, Saturday, 07 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Sri Lankan Police closed down three lodging houses in downtown Colombo this morning leaving about 650 Tamils from the north-east stranded on the roads. The Police told them to leave immediately to the north or east.

The people who were thus thrown out on the road tried to seek refuge in the Ponnambalavaanesvarar temple in Kochchikadai in Kotahena as there was a heavy down pour this morning.

The Kotahena Police, however, ordered the temple authorities not to allow any one into the premises.

So the temple gates were shut and locked up by the temple workers before the people could move into the Ponnambalavaanesvarar temple said sources.

The EPDP intervened in the matter this evening and held discussions with the Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police for the area.

He has asked the EPDP to find a temporary shelter for the stranded Tamils until the matter can be resolved.

Sources said that the Police was reacting to unconfirmed information that the female suicide bomber responsible for yesterday’s explosion near an airforce checkpoint in downtown Colombo is said to have stayed in one of the lodges.

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Schools said neglected on islands

[TamilNet, Thursday, 05 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Only 33 of the total 66 schools in the islands off the Jaffna peninsula are functioning at present, said S. Ratnarajah, Director of Education (zone-1), Jaffna District, at a discussion at Sir Vaithilingam Duraiswamy Maha Viththiyalayam, at Velanai island this week.

Matters such as improving educational standards and problems of teachers within the zone were also taken up at this discussion.

Mr. Ratnarajah pledged to approach authorities to fund the reconstruction of damaged school buildings in the area.

He said that at least mini libraries should be set up for school children and that students should be encouraged to involve themselves in protecting the areas surrounding their school.

He agreed to take up transfer requests of teachers who had served in the area for more than eight years.

Parents of Tigers assaulted

[TamilNet, Sunday, 01 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The STF cordoned off Thalankudah, about 9 kilometers south of Batticaloa, yesterday and herded the villagers to the local catholic church. Here, about ten families were singled out with the assistance of Sinnavan, a TELO cadre working in the STF camp at the Manmunai ferry 3 kilometers to west of Thalankudah.

These are families from which boys have joined the Liberation Tigers in the past.

The parents were severely beaten up in the church and have been harshly warned that they would have to pay dearly if the LTTE was reported to be in the area.

A youth who had been with the LTTE many years ago was also identified. He was tied ,hung up side down and was severely beaten up by the STF, said residents in the village.

The parents were instructed by the STF to report to the Manmunai camp every Sunday.

The STF in camps further south also rounded up civilians in the Villages of Mankaadu, Theythatheevu, Kurukkalmadam and Onthaachchi madam and warned them about the consequences of not reporting the activities of the Liberation Tigers in their villages.

Woman attempts suicide over family deaths

[TamilNet, Sunday, 01 February 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A woman whose son was shot dead by the army last month was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the Batticaloa after attempting to commit suicide. The woman, identified as T. Puvaneswarie, 48, is a widow.

She said that her son was the sole bread winner for the family and after he was shot dead she was unable to fend for her three daughters and herself on her meagre income as a vegetable seller.

Her first son was also shot dead by the Sri Lankan army in June 1990 she said.

Her son was shot dead on January 19 in Sittandy by the Sri Lankan army in the Morokkottanchenai camp, north of Batticaloa. The SLA claimed that he was a Tiger but it later transpired that he was a cattle trader.

Several suicides and attempted suicides by women in the Batticaloa district due to bread winners of their families being shot dead by army has been reported since 1990.

affna stripped of its largest industrial venture

[TamilNet, Saturday, 28 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The board of directors of the Lanka Cement Company – the semi government firm which owns the Kankesanthurai (KKS) cement factory- has decided to close up this large facility in the peninsula said company sources in Colombo.

The KKS factory was the first cement production facility to be established in Sri Lanka. The natural resources for the production of cement was found in the KKS area.

Attempts were afoot since the early seventies to shift many of the large state run industrial ventures (chemicals, sugar, paper etc.,) which were located in the Tamil dominated northern and eastern provinces or to develope alternative facilties in Sinhala areas.

A cement factory was built in Galle in the southern province as part of this policy trend which continued under the UNP regime as well. Although the cost of producing cement was very much higher in Galle, the government keenly developed the factory by subsidising gypsum imports to the facility etc., The product of this factory, known as ‘Ruhunu Cement’, is promoted now as the only locally manfactured cement in the market.

Hundreds of Tamil skilled workers and technical staff employed at the KKS factory were left in the lurch following the closure of the facility in 1990 due to the war.

Many fell into debt and some comitted suicide as the Lanka Cement Company was neither willing to pay them retainers compatible with their remuneration when they were employed nor was it willing to give them the golden hand shake.

The decision to close the KKS cement factory is seen in some Jaffna intellectual circles as the culmination of a discriminatory policy which was drawn up in the early seventies by the SLFP regime.

A Jaffna academic told TamilNet today that the government can restart production at the KKS factory if it wants to, because the area is under the complete control of the SLA. The workforce and the resources are available, and the machinery needs only some repairs and servicing he pointed out.

What the decision of the Lanka Cement Company means in effect is that the cement manufacturing plant will be dismantled and removed to the south for enhancing production and generating employment there, sealing the hope of reviving the peninsula’s largest industrial venture he said.

Girl student stripped naked and whipped by SLA

[TamilNet, Saturday, 28 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A GCE (O.L) student of Vincent girls’s High School in Batticaloa was stripped naked and whipped by the SLA on March 17 claimed her parents this week. The girl,17, who did not want to be identified, lives in the village of Palugamam with her parents.

The TamilNet’s Batticaloa correspondent spoke to the girl and her parents this week in Palugamam.

Her father is a farmer.

Palugamam is a large Tamil village, about 26 Kilometers south west of Batticaloa, across the lagoon in the region controlled by the Liberation Tigers.

The girl was boarded at the Vincent Girls’ High School hostel.

On March 17, the girl had gone to school around 2 a.m. in the afternoon to obtain her admission card for a GCE (O.L) practical exam which was to be held the next day.

And then she had gone to see a friend at Surya Lane near the Batticaloa hospital. Here, according to her account, she was picked up by the SLA.

She says that the soldiers were accompanied by members of a Tamil para-military group operating in Batticaloa with the army.

She was taken to a camp and was stripped naked and beaten with sticks.

The girl has several scars and contusions on her back.

She was released around 6 p.m. in the evening. Later that night some soldiers had gone to the house in Kallady, on the southern outskirts of Batticaloa town, where she had stayed the day before looking for her. But by this time she had got home to Palugamam.

Her brother Maharajah,17, a student of Shivananda Mahaviththiyaalayam, was shot dead on Dec.22, last year by the Counter Subversive Unit (CSU), a special investigations unit under the Sri Lankan MoD, much feared by the public in Batticaloa. The CSU said at that time that it had shot an activist of the Liberation Tigers. (No action was taken when it transpired later that it was a student).

She could not say whether she was abducted by members of the CSU. The parents said that they are scared to lodge a complaint because the CSU would know immediately. And this would virtually mean, according to her father, that he or anyone of the family will not be able to go to Batticaloa town in the future.

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amil parties protest over arrests

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 25 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Tamil United Liberation Front and the All Ceylon Hindu Congress lodged vehement protests with the Sri Lankan government today over the arrest and detention of the Captain Gardens Hindu temple chief priest’s daughter and her three children.

The woman had been arrested by the Sri Lankan airforce which looks after the security of that part of downtown Colombo in which the temple is situated. She had returned from abroad recently to visit her father, Shanmuhanaatha Kurukkal.

She is yet to be released. TULF president Mr. M. Sivasithamparam has protested and taken up the matter with the government said party sources.

The Captain Gardens Hindu temple is patronised by poweful Sinhalese as well. More than three hundred Tamils were arrested again last night in some parts of Colombo.

Meanwhile the Sri Lankan Police arrested on Monday a Brahmin priest in Eravur in Batticaloa, allegedy for giving 2 million rupees to the driver who drove the bus which exploded in Colombo on March 5 for buying the vehicle.

The Police arrested the priest at a wedding in Chenkalady and took him to Colombo for further interrogation. He has been accused of being closely associated with the Liberation Tigers and of helping them in many ways.

Disease adds to Jeyasikurui toll

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 25 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Medical sources said today that more than fifteen Sri Lankan army soldiers deployed in Operation Jayasikurui in the Vanni are admitted to the Anuradhapura hospital every day afflicted mostly by Malaria and chicken pox.

They attributed the chicken pox and similar diseases among the SL government troops to the excessive heat in the area of operations and the stagnating pools of mud left behind by the monsoons which lashed the Vanni until January.

They said that several soldiers who have been severely affected by these diseases are flown to the Colombo general hospital everyday from Anurudhapura.

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1500 Tamils arrested in Colombo

[TamilNet, Sunday, 22 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
More than 1500 Tamils were arrested in Colombo during a simultaneous cordon and search operation by the Sri Lankan army and Police which was launched last night.

Hundreds of Tamils in Kotahena, the foreshore and Bambalapitiya were rounded up and hauled off to local Police stations.

A journalist and the photographer of the Tamil daily Thinakkural were arrested by the Sri Lankan Navy while they were covering last night’s mass arrests.

Very few were released until this evening said Police sources in Colombo.

Hundreds of grief stricken parents, relatives and friends of the detained people thronged Police stations in Colombo today. Few were permitted to see the persons in custody.

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Jaffna water tanks remain empty

[TamilNet, Saturday, 21 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The German Technical Institute (GTZ) which provided large water tanks for the storage of water to be used by residents of Jaffna, has refused to bear the cost of transporting the water to these tanks, said sources in Jaffna.

This has left the Jaffna Municipal Council with the task of providing water to fill the tanks, but with no source of revenue to bear the cost of the services.

The water tanks, which hold more than 2000 gallons, have been constructed in the more populated parts of the Jaffna town such as at the Jaffna main bus stand, Paashaiyoor, Kurunagar, Columbuthurai, Chundikuli and Bastian Junction in the town.

Torture victim admitted to Jaffna hospital

[TamilNet, Thursday, 19 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Sinnavan Mahendirajah, 36 was admitted to the Jaffna hospital today for internal damage caused by torture while he was in the custody of the Sri Lankan army Chankanai in Jaffna. He was arrested by the local army on March 3 and was released on March 12.

Sinnavan had been threatened by the SLA soldiers who had arrested him that he should not reveal what they had done to him to any one.

Fearing death, Sinnavan had attempted to treat his severe internal pains with locally obtained Ayurvedic oils. But his conditioned had deteriorated, compelling his family to rush him to the Jaffna hospital for treatment.

Young woman raped in Jaffna

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 17 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
A deaf and dumb girl was gang raped by a group of SLA soldiers in Meesaalai west in Jaffna yesterday around 12 noon said Chavakachcheri hospital sources. She was admitted today to the hospital after she had attempted to immolate herself by pouring a barrel of kerosene on her body.

The girl, S. Selvarani 28, was on her way to visit a friend on her bicyle when she had been stopped by a group of SLA soldiers who had gagged and bound her and had then gang raped her.

When the soldiers had let her go the girl had rushed home and had doused herself with a barrel of kerosene.

Her mother had discovered her when she was about to set herself on fire. The mother had calmed the girl and had found out about how the soldiers had sexually assaulted her.

She was then brought to the Chavakachcheri hospital this morning by her mother and relatives.

The Sri Lankan Police in Jaffna is yet to record her statement.

A Sri Lankan Police constable attempted to rape a 3 month pregnant woman in Thirunelvely in Jaffna, last Saturday. He was caught and severely assaulted by a group of local civilians.

Malaria patients die in Vanni hospital

[TamilNet, Sunday, 01 March 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Mallavi hospital treated 9064 patients suffering from Malaria during the month of January this year said medical sources in the Vanni. Of these 10 patients died, 364 had to be warded and 8700 received treatment in the OPD.

Altogether 22804 patients suffering from various ailments received treatment in the Mallavi hospital during January.

Of these only 1259 patients could be warded for treatment said the sources.

During the month, 9 children under twelve years died of Malnutrition and other illnesses they said. There was only one death caused by septicaemia in January.

Doctor harrased mother – Red Cross official

[TamilNet, Saturday, 25 April 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Sivanthan Kishore, Secretary of the Vavuniya branch of the Red Cross Society, has informed the Sri Lankan medical authorities of an incident where a Sinhalese doctor at Anuradhapura hospital had accused a Tamil woman named Arulrani (31) of working for the Liberation Tigers. Arulrani had brought her year old child for treatment at the hospital.

Arulrani is from Pandivirichchan, a village in Vavuniya which is in territory under the control of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE)

Mr. Kishore stated in his complaint stated that, despite other people protesting the woman’s innocence, the doctor had insisted that Arulrani was working for the LTTE and threatened to hand her over to the police.

Even as the mother was preparing to return to Vavuniya by ambulance, after the child received treatment, the doctor had refused to discharge the patient till the following morning.

This had led to unnecessary expenses having to be incurred by Arulrani, the complaint stated.

This case follows another incident of bureaucratic apathy and indifference last month, where a woman who had come for treatment for her infant daughter to the Anuradhapura Hospital from the LTTE controlled area in Vavuniya, was not granted permission to stay overnight in Anuradhapura nor take the body of her infant daughter (who died at the hospital) back to Vavuniya because she did not possess the valid documents required to obtain a travel pass from Vavuniya.

Daughter witnesses mother’s murder

[TamilNet, Thursday, 23 April 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Theiventhiram Sakunthala (44), recently widowed and mother of five children, was shot dead in the presence of her second daughter Wajanthi, by an officer of the Sri Lanka Army (SLA) last night 7.45 p.m., said sources in Jaffna.

Sakunthala, who owns a tea kiosk on the Chavakachcheri-Kachchai road in the outskirts of Jaffna town, was going home with Wijanthi after dark when the officer had called out to her and then tried to grab her hand.

“My mother was shot when she had tried to run in panic,” Wijanthani told TamilNet’s correspondent.

Sakunthala had collapsed in a pool of blood on the road, from where she was removed by the police to Chavakachcheri hospital. She died on admission.

The police report states that the SLA officer, identified as Captain Silva from the Kachchai camp, had shot Sakunthala because she had tried to run. The postmortem was held at Jaffna hospital.

Meanwhile, the Eelam Peoples’ Democratic Party (EPDP), confounded the already tense situation by assuming that the People’s Liberation Organisation of Tamil Eelam (PLOTE) was responsible for the killing, because a PLOTE camp was situated near the spot where the shooting occurred.

The EPDP, which has been at loggerheads with the PLOTE in the recent past, seized upon this incident as a good opportunity to embarrass the PLOTE and issued a statement condemning the incident and blaming killing on the PLOTE, said sources.

Jaffna disappearances remain unsolved

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 22 April 1998, 23:59 GMT]
Board of Investigation of the Ministry of Defence which was appointed by the SL government to inquire about the people in Jaffna who were reported missing after being arrested by the army submitted its findings and recommendations to the Sri Lankan President yesterday.

The board has said there is evidence that 16 of those persons who were reported missing in Jaffna since the SLA moved into the peninsula have been killed.

It has recommended that the government should institute legal proceedings against SLA personnel involved in 25 incidents in the peninsula pertaining to the disappearance of civilians in Jaffna.

Details of the Board’s report are yet to be released to the press officially.

ape witness said burned alive

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 21 April 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The Liberation Tigers in Vadamaradchi East issued the following information to TamilNet’s Vadamaratchi correspondent, which contradicted that which had earlier been given to TamilNet’s hospital sources by the Sri Lankan authorities.(TamilNet’s correspondent says that the version which was originally given out by official sources was apparently aimed at creating confusion to cover up the truth.)

“On April 14, the Tamil new year’s day, Selvaraasa Vasantha, a married mother of one, resident of Alvaar Lane in Pt. Pedro was raped by a SLA soldier inside the premises of the Kaarthika restaurant on Main Street, Pt.Pedro at around 3.30 p.m. in the afternoon.

The rape was witnessed by the female owner of the restaurant, V. Vijayakumari who protested about the matter to the PLOTE.

Following the complaint, the PLOTE had had an altercation with the SLA soldier who had been on sentry duty near the restaurant at the time of the incident.

The PLOTE then lodged a formal complaint over the rape with the Sri Lankan Police at Pt.Pedro.

The SLA which had come to know about the complaint the following day, April 15, had threatened Vijayakumari and warned her to withdraw her complaint immediately.

However she had defied the soldiers’ threats.

The Sri Lankan Police summoned Vijayakumari to appear at an inquiry on the rape, to be held at 11 a.m. on April 16.

At around 10.30 a.m. on April 16, two SLA soldiers in civilian clothing had gone to the Kaarthika restaurant and after ordering tea, had forcibly covered Vijayakumari’s head with a pot.

The soldiers had then poured petrol on her and had set her alight.

When neighbours attempted to douse the fire, the soldiers had forcibly prevented them from going near the burning woman. It was only forty five minutes later that the neighbours were able to take Vijayakumari to the hospital. She died later.”

Sri Lankan authorities had claimed that Vijayakumari had committed suicide – by setting herself on fire – after discovering that a SLA soldier with whom she had been having a relationship was married.

According to TamilNet’s Vadamaratchi correspondent, the rape victim, Vasantha, is said to be suffering from mental problems.

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