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Sexual attacks on Tamil women in the East

A 38-year-old mother of five was sexually assaulted and killed in Batticaloa on Monday, repored TamilNet on Monday.

Ms A Sinnapillai was gagged and dragged out of her home by two Sinhalese workers and allegedly raped and murdered in a nearby jungle. Her body was found dumped upside down in a pit.

Staff at Batticaloa Teaching Hospital were suspicious of the injuries on the victim’s body which was sent to a Colombo hospital for further medical examination. However the Batticaloa staff told TamilNet of the reluctance of Colombo’s medical authorities in issuing medical reports confirming rape.

In another case, villagers caught a Sinhalese worker attempting to assault a 17 year old girl on Thursday.

The man was taken to the Chairman of the Piradeshiya Sabha, who is reportedly a member of Pillayan’s paramilitary group, whereupon the policemen acting as security allowed the suspect to walk away uncharged.

A large number of Sinhalese workers from the South have been deployed in construction and infrastructure works in the East, while unemployment among Tamil youths remains high in the Batticaloa province.

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