Army refutes allegations of sexual exploitaion of tamil women
The Army Headquarters has noted with dismay a recent
statement, alleged to have been made by the head of an ethnic
reconciliation body on sexual exploitation and abuses of Tamil women by
the Army in the post war scenario. The Army categorically denies the
same as a baseless allegation.
In 2010, civil administration was firmly established
in the North and the Army withdrew from all forms of civil
Since then, the Army has not been involved in
administration concerning civilians, and the question of sexual
exploitation and abuses during the said process does not hence arise.
Regrettably, the author of this statement has made
unsubstantiated and baseless assertions without specifying any incident
of sexual exploitation or abuse.
The Army wishes to place on record that it has a Zero
Tolerance Policy on sexual abuses as evidenced in Premawathi Manamperi
case in 1971, Krishanthi Kumaraswamy case and Rajini Vellaydunpillai
case that took place during the period 1995-2005. In all these
instances, the Army fully cooperated with the civil court cases against
the accused who were on trial, resulting in death penalty.
In line with this principle, the Army always takes
stern action on Army personnel against whom ex facie cases have been and
discharged summarily from the Army despite acquittal/pending action in
civil courts. It shall continue to pursue this policy.
At a time when the Government is genuinely committed
to the Rule of Law and Reconciliation, baseless assertions of this
nature would only jeopardize the reconciliation process. (Ends)
Courtesy: Army Media Division