Tamil mother and daughter raped and other Tamil civilians killed

Place: Batticaloa | Courtesy: Collection
| Date: 19970109

"Three Tamil women, including a mother and daughter, were raped at their home by soldiers on 9 January at Thiyavattavan in Batticaloa District. Two soldiers were taken into custody a week later by police.

Another woman has identified a Special Task Force (STF) member as the man who raped her on 1 January at Vellaveli. Two others at the STF camp in Vellaveli have also been arrested. Local people are concerned and say several incidents of rape remain unreported. Five soldiers are already in custody for the gang rape of a woman in Kalkudah in November...

As the Army retaliates after Tiger attacks, civilians are increasingly being affected. The Army shot dead S Sornammah, 40, mother of eight children, on 6 January at Thihiliveddai. Six week-old Sivanesan Prema was killed at Vinayagapuram on 19 January. The following day soldiers shot and injured M Lingarasa, 67, and C Sasikaran and damaged ten houses near Kalkudah after seven soldiers died in a Tiger ambush. On the same day, following another LTTE attack at Kiran, in which a soldier was killed, S. Kengeswaran was shot dead and two others were injured.

The Army conducted a major search operation between Vantharumoolai and Santhiveli in early January. Thousands of people were paraded before masked informers. Some were detained and later released. The Army has denied the arrest of S. Singarajah and S Gnanasekaram. The whereabouts of 15 year-old psychiatric patient P Theivendrarajah, arrested at Nasivantivu on 7 January is unknown." (British Refugee Council - Sri Lanka Monitor, January 1997)

"Sri Lankan commandos of the Mansoor Tileworks army camp (Batticaloa) have raped and caused grievous injury to a Tamil woman carrying food to her husband. She was on her way to a paddy field where her husband was working when Sri Lankan STF troops intercepted her, raped her at gun-point then beat her viciously about the body. She is currently undergoing treatment at Batticaloa hospital." (Tamilnet News Report, 4 January 1997)

"Sri Lankan soldiers violently raped three Tamil women in Batticaloa. At 3am (January 2nd) troops broke into a Tamil house where a mother, daughter and woman relative were sleeping. The rapes took place at gun-point. Neighbours later admitted all three to Valaichenai hospital. The soldiers are members of the STF, the so-called elite force of the Sri Lankan army. Rapes by the STF are said to be occurring on a regular basis in Sri Lankan-occupied areas. Last week, two incidents were reported in Mandoor, fuelling anxieties that military discipline in occupied territory is rapidly breaking down, especially in Batticaloa. Local Tamil women live in terror of the STF whose recent record of indiscipline is staggering." (Tamilnet News Report, 15 January 1997)