Increase in rape incidents reported in 2018
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