Rape of Deaf & Dumb Girl

Place: Meesaalai | Courtesy: Collection
| Date: 19980316

The deaf and dumb girl, S. Selvarani 28, was on her way to visit a friend on her bicyle when she had been stopped by a group of SLA soldiers who had gagged and bound her and had then gang raped her.

When the soldiers had let her go the girl had rushed home and had doused herself with a barrel of kerosene.

Her mother had discovered her when she was about to set herself on fire. The mother had calmed the girl and had found out about how the soldiers had sexually assaulted her.

The girl was operated the Jaffna hospital for a wound inside her vagina which, according to doctors who examined her, had been caused by a blunt object.

They said the girl had bled profusely from the wound and lesions caused by the forcible penetration.

Sources in Jaffna said that military officials made a subtle attempt to venture the suggestion that the girl was not raped but assaulted by persons not in the army and that she could not have known positively that she was raped by soldiers as she was blind folded.

The higher echelons of the army categorically deny that any soldier was involved in such an act.

SLA comments on Jaffna rape

[TamilNet, March 23, 1998]

The Sri Lankan army in Jaffna formally responded to the rape of the deaf and dumb woman,S. Selvarani, 28, in Meesalai on March 16, in a press note put out by the Palaly Sri Lankan Security Forces head quarters yesterday.

The SLA press note points out five items regarding the allegation that the young woman was gang raped by a group of Sri Lankan soldiers.

The following is the English translation of the five items in the SLA's press note.

"1. No complaint was lodged with the Police or any legal body that this woman was raped.

2. As the woman is deaf and dumb and was blindfolded when she was raped, she is not in a position to identify the suspects.

3. The higher echelons of the army categorically deny that any soldier was involved in such an act.

4. Medical circles say that as there was very heavy bleeding from the woman's vagina, there is no trace of fluids from the suspect in her vagina to prove the involvement of the suspected person(s) in the act.

5. The reason for the continuous bleeding was a big wound inside her vagina and she had to be taken to the operation theatre where it (the wound) had to be stitched close by doctors. The wound had been caused by a long, thick blunt object which had been forcibly inserted into the woman's vagina. Doctors say that it cannot be concluded from this that the woman was raped."

This SLA press note was also published in the Jaffna daily Uthayan.

Jaffna hospital sources declined to comment officially on the SLA statement.