Krishanthy Kumarswamy: A student and 3 others raped and killed!

Place: Jaffna | Courtesy: Collection
| Date: 19960907

Krishanthy Kumaraswamy (18) who was returning home after sitting her GCE (A/L) examination at Chundikuli Girls High School was last seen at 11.30am at Kaithady checkpoint in Jaffna. She never made it home. Her mother, brother (Pranavan - 16) and family friend (Mr Kirupakaran - 35) who became concerned went in search of Krishanthy. They too disappeared.

Forty five days later, the bodies of the four were later found in shallow graves within the army base. A ¾" width rope was found tied round the neck of Rassammah s corpse. Mr Kirupakaran too appeared to have been strangled in the same manner since the rope was wound tightly round his body. The bodies of Krishanthy and her brother Pranavan were in several pieces and haphazardly wrapped in black coloured rexene sheets.

What happend to Kirishanthy??

"The Kumarasamy massacre has shocked the conscience of people who see this as a crime committed against unarmed defenseless civilians. The government's credibility has been seriously eroded and this has led to a loss of faith and the confidence th at people had reposed in this government which claimed itself to be committed towards safeguarding the rights of all people", it added.

The movement has called upon all citizens to join them in a 'vigil' to remember Krishanthi and her family and to protest against this kind of brutality against innocent civilians.

The 'Action' begun on Friday will continue every other week day (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from 12.30-1.30 p.m. at Hyde Park, Colombo 2. She was stopped at the check point and three soldiers allegedly raped her until she fell unconscious. When she revived according to the confessions, police officers and six soldie rs further raped her. In mute testament was the torn blood stained uniform of the girl from Chundikuli High school. When Krishanthi was late in returning home, her mother, brother, and a neighbor went to look for her. The mother was 59 years old and a Vice-Principal of a Maha Vidyalaya in Kaithady. Her journey was not only futile but she, her son and neighbor were strangled, cut into pieces and buried in a little hut within the gates of the army camp according to lawyer Poopalan. After queries in Parliament and investigations, the bodies were brought in one big box at midnight. The relatives were asked to stay outside the GMO's office in Colombo while Mr. Poopalan and Tamil Congress leader Kumar Ponnambalam went in. Ponnambalam and Poopalan wanted to know why the four bodies were not kept in four coffins. In the midst of this, an ultimatum was given to the family who did not see the bodies, that within two hours the bodies had to be cremated otherwise they wo uld be buried at state expense with no rites at all.

Peace Group horrified at Krishanthi's killing

Women for Peace has expressed horror and shock the hideous sexual violence of gang rape and gruesome murder of eighteen year old Krishanthi Kumarasamy at the hands of the armed forces in Kaithady, Jaffna. In a statement, the movement said: "In thi s collective brutal violence, her mother, a widow and vice principal of Kaithandy Muthukumaraswamy Maha Vidyalaya, brother and neighbor were found buried under crudely dug graves. The highly decomposed bodies were exhumed and flown to Colombo for bur ial at state expense and the sole survivor, Prashanthi Kumarasamy, (21) was denied the right to mourn over the dead and perform the last rites.

"What is frightening is that the atrocious crimes were not committed in operational areas of heightened military offensives. Kaithady has been 'cleared' by the army and civilian administration and controlled by the military. However people experie nce terrible fear, insecurity and terror in this battle scarred zone, daily. The stubborn refusal and intransigence of the government in not allowing the relatives of the family to make the funeral arrangements on their own free will, and the indigna tion and insensitivity displayed so far in instituting an inquiry to punish the perpetrators of these crimes indicate the psychological and physical impasse this bitterest and bloodiest war has reached," the movement said.

"The Kumarasamy massacre has shocked the conscience of people who see this as a crime committed against unarmed defenseless civilians. The government's credibility has been seriously eroded and this has led to a loss of faith and the confidence th at people had reposed in this government which claimed itself to be committed towards safeguarding the rights of all people", it added.

The movement has called upon all citizens to join them in a 'vigil' to remember Krishanthi and her family and to protest against this kind of brutality against innocent civilians.

The 'Action' begun on Friday will continue every other week day (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) from 12.30-1.30 p.m. at Hyde Park, Colombo 2.

She was stopped at the check point and three soldiers allegedly raped her until she fell unconscious. When she revived according to the confessions, police officers and six soldie rs further raped her. In mute testament was the torn blood stained uniform of the girl from Chundikuli High school. When Krishanthi was late in returning home, her mother, brother, and a neighbor went to look for her. The mother was 59 years old and a Vice-Principal of a Maha Vidyalaya in Kaithady. Her journey was not only futile but she, her son and neighbor were strangled, cut into pieces and buried in a little hut within the gates of the army camp according to lawyer Poopalan.

After queries in Parliament and investigations, the bodies were brought in one big box at midnight. The relatives were asked to stay outside the GMO's office in Colombo while Mr. Poopalan and Tamil Congress leader Kumar Ponnambalam went in.

Ponnambalam and Poopalan wanted to know why the four bodies were not kept in four coffins. In the midst of this, an ultimatum was given to the family who did not see the bodies, that within two hours the bodies had to be cremated otherwise they wo uld be buried at state expense with no rites at all.

Date:06.08.1997 TamilNet

MILITARY INTIMIDATES KRISHANTI'S LIVING RELATIVES

Relatives of Krishanti Kumaraswamy living in Thenmaradchy (in Jaffna peninsula) are facing death-threats and intimidation from Sri Lanka's armed forces occupying Jaffna. Krishanti -- who was from Thenmaradchy -- was recently gang-raped and murdered by Sinhalese troops and her immediate family were also killed when they went to enquire about her disappearance. Every night Sinhalese troops now gather around the residences of Krishanti's relatives and fire repeated gunshots to terrorise them. The army's high command is aware of this. It has not taken any remedial action.