Published On:Wednesday, January 30, 2013
A 42 year-old woman complained of rape by a Buddhist monk
(January 30, 2013, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) A 42 year-old woman from Kelaniya (name withheld) complained that she was raped by a monk from Shanti Viharaya, Kalaniya, when she went to meet him for some advice on 04th January 2013. He forced her to a room inside the Viharaya, struck her on the forehead, forcibly removed her clothes and raped her. She begged her attacker not to do this by kneeling at his feet however that did not deter him. The name of the monk is Ambanpola Seelarathna.
The woman was taken to the Ragama Hospital and was warded there for a week. On the date of the incident itself she complained to the Peliyagoda police. When she gave the interview today, she was in a police jeep from the Peliyagoda Police Station and she was being returned to the station to make a further statement. She stated that the police officers had told her that later she will be taken to the Shanti Viharia, presumably so the police can inspect the scene of the crime and to identify her attacker. She complained that despite of her complaints from the very date of the incident the monk has not been arrested. He is well known in the area and engages in selling charms (Gurukam).
Several of the victim’s relatives are living abroad and they are urging justice for the victim.
Earlier, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) informed the public in Sri Lanka and abroad about the possibility of yet another person being beheaded in the Middle East like the earlier incident of Ms. Rizana Nafeek. Mr.Wengadasalam Sudeshkar was sentenced to death on December 31, 2012. At the time of the incident that caused an unintentional death, for which Sudeshkar was tried, he was 20 years and six months of age.
The sum that has been agreed upon is Rs. 3.5 Million, which amounts to US$ 28,000 (QAR 100,000).
The AHRC has earlier published the letters written to His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa and to the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment. Despite making these urgent requests it has not been possible to get any response from the Sri Lankan authorities guaranteeing assistance to make this payment.
Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar comes from a very poor family living Kala Eliya, Sri Lanka. His mother has appealed for support to rescue her son, stating that the family is not in a position to provide this ‘blood money’.
After publication of the appeals made to the Sri Lankan President, the AHRC has received many responses requesting that under these circumstances the only practical course of action available is to make a public appeal for the collection of this sum in order to save the life of this young man who faces the imminent threat of execution.
Under these circumstances, the AHRC is launching this fund raising campaign to raise the necessary sum to support the family of Mr. Wengadasalam Sudeshkar to enable them to take the necessary steps to rescue their son.
We are urging everyone to support this call with the view to avoid another tragedy like that of Ms. Rizana Nafeek. As a gesture of the AHRC’s own commitment, it will contribute initially US$ 3,000.00 for this fund. We are calling upon all persons of good will to contribute generously for this purpose. The AHRC undertakes to be responsible for all issues relating to accountability for all monies received.
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