Seya Sadewmi 16 September — 12 September ,  was a four-year-old Sri Lankan child who was abducted, raped and murdered. After an extensive search of the premises by the police K9 unit, the naked body was discovered on the morning of 13 September near a canal. An autopsy revealed that Sadewmi had been sexually assaulted and was strangled to death. Later he revealed that his brother, Saman Jayalath, manipulated him into confessing. A subsequent DNA test revealed that Jayalath's DNA samples match with those found at the crime scene, and he was indicted on four charges. Prior to disappearance, Sadewmi was last seen around 8. According to her parents, she was sleeping with her mother at the time, and her father was not home.
The group is inserting nude images into the photos of the girls obtained from social media and sexually abusing the victims by threatening to release the doctored images to internet, according to the National Child Protection Authority NCPA. As a result of these investigations, the National Child Protection Authority's Special Police Investigation Unit has arrested seven persons who had online threatened a girl in Borella, taken her to various places, and raped her several times. The suspects have been produced before the Colombo Chief Magistrate's Court and remanded. The suspects have been produced before an identification parade on the 17th February. The National Child Protection Authority said that investigations are still underway to arrest more suspects in connection with the incident in the future. All the suspects arrested are under 20 years of age. The Authority points out that the presence of school children among them should be a matter of concern to parents and teachers. Muditha Vidanapathirana. SL Breaking News.
Long way to go for gender equality in Sri Lanka despite early start
Asia Sri Lanka has led the way to female liberation or gender equality in Asia in important ways, and has had an early start in comparison with other South Asian countries. Yet, gender equality remains a distant dream for the majority of its women, writes P. Balachandran in DailyFT. With economic development, spread of higher education, and a rise in awareness through the phenomenal growth of the media, particularly social media, significant changes are taking place. But the road to gender equality is still long and hard. Notions of the value of women and their place in society are still dictated by a male oriented tradition. However, the beginning of the movement toward gender equality was encouraging. Sri Lanka or Ceylon as it was called earlier, was the first British colony to get universal adult franchise.
Sri Lanka, an island known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean, boasts an exotic beauty — attracting thousands of tourists every year. It's this public face of pride, serenity and beauty which the government seek to portray, whereas, the reality is far worse. The country has now faced civil war for over a quarter of a century, the war being between the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam LTTE , who fought for the creation of an independent state in northern and eastern Sri Lanka against the Sri Lankan government. The Pearl of the Indian Ocean has buried the lives of many over the past quarter of a century; however, its most recent war resulted in a horrific bloodbath claiming the lives of thousands of innocent civilians. Tamil Voices SIlenced. However, the atrocities and violations of human rights caused by the Sri Lankan army were fuelled by the government leaving the future of surviving civilians with no hope, dignity, or justice.