“Prevention of Child Abuse, Rape & Torture”
December 02nd was an indelible day for the Human rights Office Kandy and the people of Rattota. It was also a great day especially to the staff and the students of Tamil Maha Vidyalaya in Rattota for one of her students after receiving a historical judgment for her rape case, the triumph was celebrated at Rattota Pradeshiya Sabha hall in commemorating the International Human Rights Day 2012.
Around 10.00 am a group of more than 350 participants The principal, students of Tamil Maha Vidyalaya in Rattota, the Pradeshiya Sabha members, the parents and the civil society leaders, police officers, with the Human Rights office director Rev. Fr. Nandana Manatunga, the staff, the support group and the well wishers joined a protest march from Hindu College to the Pradeshiya Sabha. They carried posters “Protect your Children” “Fight against Child abuse” giving awareness to the people around the cause of the public rally.
After the lighting of the traditional oil lamp the director of the Human Rights Office gave an insight to the meaning and the cause of the public rally. He stated that among several cases reported from this particular school on rape and child abuse, this particular case serves as a model for all the victims. The inaction of the police of Rattota was the main reason for the denial of justice for the victims, he said. Fr Nandana accused the police for corruption and for their lethargic attitude when such cases were reported from the same school in Rattota.
It was due to the timely interventions that this rape case saw the light of the day and Fr. Nandana offered his gratitude to the parents of the victims and all those assisted them to seek Justice. He further said that while preventing child abuse and cases of rape, it is the responsibility of the parents of the victims to break the silence and fight for Justice. It was an eye opener to people of Rattota as many were not aware of the judgment. People in and around Rattota are a simple folk mostly from working in tea plantations, taking care of the survival of their families.
After the introductory talk of the Director of the Human Rights Office, the lawyer Mr. S.P. Pathmadakshan who pursued the rape case of Divya elaborated the process of the legal procedure of the case. He explained the legal process that led to the conviction of the perpetrator. They expressed their gratitude for the Human Rights Office for all the hard work it had undertaken to rehabilitate the survivor and to pursue the legal matters for a fair trial.
The principal of Tamil Maha Vidyalaya in Rattota, Pradeshiya Sabha members, a police officer spoke at the public rally. Their main thrust was to educate the people to fight against child abuse, rape and Torture.
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