It was a Friday. The staff of the Human Rights office, the members of the support group and the friends of Rita came together to the Human Rights office on the 12th August 2011 to thank God for the courage of Jesudasan Rita in breaking the silence and consistently engaged in her struggle for justice. It was remarkable that even after 10 years Rita is still firm in her decision to fight for Justice in a society where jungle laws are in place rather than the Rule of law.
He said that it is usual for the people to come around the victim at the initial stages assisting the victim and standing by in solidarity, however as time goes by the support groups die down, but in this case, there has being a consistent campaign and assistance to Rita and this is what we call “A civil movement” for justice.
A documentary made for the event was screened to encourage Rita and all those who are discouraged with the present dysfunctional justice system and the undue delay in the adjudication process. Finally Rita addressed the gathering and spoke clearly in Sinhala and said that she would continue this struggle because she want to break the silence and wish that Justice be done to the victims of Rape especially of her own community , the tea plantation people. Further she said that she has not done anything wrong and therefore she is determined to punish the perpetrators.
Rita was abducted and raped by the two accused Nalaka Piyal Samaraweera & Mohomad Thuwan Rameez on the 12th August 2001 while she was returning from St. Patrick's Church - Talawakelle after Sunday mass & Confirmation classes. There are 02 cases now on trial at Nuwara-Eliya high court and at the district court. During the past 10 years Rita has presented herself before 10 Judges and for more than 73 sittings.