23September2017

Sri Lanka police continue harassment of Tamil woman activist

A police unit in Sri Lanka with a reputation for torture is continuing with its harassment of a Tamil woman in the forefront of a movement against enforced disappearances.

Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers have repeatedly  visited Mariyasuresh Easwary in the northeastern district of Mullaithivu where Tamil activists were staging a continuous vigil demanding answers from the government about their missing loved ones.

Assault

Easwary was assaulted by three men last week who threatened her with death for having a leadership  role in the protest.

Policemen who visited her twice on Sunday (20) evening had insisted that she accompanies them to the police station to record a statement about the assault.

The activist who had already given a statement to police has refused to go with them in the absence of her lawyer.

Medical authorities in the Kilinochchi general hospital had referred Easwary to police on 15 Tuesday when she went for treatment following the assault.

Arrested by navy

Her husband Mariyathas Mariyasuresh who went fishing in the Valaignarmadam sea in 2009 May had been missing since then.

Regional Tamil media quoting Sri Lanka military  had later reported that Mariyasuresh and a few other alleged LTTE suspects have been arrested by the navy.

© JDS

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