In­crease in rape in­ci­dents re­ported in 2018

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - METRO - BY L.W. ARIYARATNA

Dur­ing a meet­ing of the Gam­paha District Of­fi­cers of Chil­dren’s Com­mit­tees held re­cently in the Gam­paha District Sec­re­tar­iat Au­di­to­rium, a Woman Po­lice In­spec­tor of the Ragama ‘Lama Mithuru’ Po­lice Sta­tion, Sa­man­thi Renuka said there were 46 and 55 in­ci­dents of rape that had been re­ported in the first six months of 2017 and 2018 re­spec­tively in the Po­lice Di­vi­sions of Gam­paha, Ke­laniya and Ne­gombo.

This meet­ing was held un­der the pa­tron­age of Gam­paha District Sec­re­tary, Su­nil Jay­alath.

She said, “The World Chil­dren’s Day falls on Oc­to­ber 1. We com­mem­o­rate only this one day. It is the duty of ev­ery­one of us to pro­tect the lives of chil­dren by al­lo­cat­ing ev­ery day for this. Par­ents should be vig­i­lant about their chil­dren and in­cul­cate val­ues into the minds of their chil­dren. Oth­er­wise, the chil­dren’s lives will be de­stroyed pre­ma­turely.”

She stressed that when it comes to talk­ing about chil­dren, it was in­evitable to talk about the chil­dren who are sub­jected to mur­ders, de­ser­tions, cru­el­ties, se­ri­ous in­juries, child abuse, traf­fick­ing, kid­nap­ping, ab­duc­tion, sex­ual abuse and rapes. Ac­cord­ing to her, there were 32 and 38 such in­ci­dents re­ported in the first six months of 2017 and 2018 in 14 po­lice di­vi­sions in Gam­paha district and 16 cases of sex­ual abuse among women of 16 years of age have been re­ported, with a grad­ual in­crease in the oc­cur­rence of such in­ci­dents. Dur­ing the first six months of 2017 and 2018, these crimes had been re­ported in Ke­laniya and Ne­gombo.

She said, par­ents and guardians of chil­dren should, with a view to min­i­miz­ing the crime rate, un­der­stand their re­spon­si­bil­ity and build close re­la­tion­ships with the Po­lice and Chil­dren’s and women’s sec­tions.

District Sec­re­tary Su­nil Jay­alath, Su­per­in­ten­dent of the Women Po­lice of Ke­laniya Po­lice Divi­sion, Madara Ariyasena and sev­eral oth­ers spoke. This was or­ga­nized by the Gam­paha District Chil­dren’s rights Pro­mo­tion of­fi­cer, Sa­man Bandara and di­rected by the Min­istry of Women and Chil­dren’s Af­fairs, with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of sev­eral of­fi­cers.

The World Chil­dren’s Day falls on Oc­to­ber 1. We com­mem­o­rate only this one day. It is the duty of ev­ery­one of us to pro­tect the lives of chil­dren by al­lo­cat­ing ev­ery day for this

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