Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

7/24/2012 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Of the 1,450 female rape cases reported last year, child rape accounted for 1,169

The high instance of child rape in the nation of Sri Lanka has moved the local government to consider tighten relevant laws and make the offense punishable by death. According to a government statement, of the 1,450 female rape cases reported last year, child rape accounted for 1,169, alerting authorities and activists to a rising trend.

Under Sri Lankan laws, those under 16 years are defined as minors and sex with a minor is considered rape, with or without consent.

Under Sri Lankan laws, those under 16 years are defined as minors and sex with a minor is considered rape, with or without consent.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

7/24/2012 (2 years ago)

Published in Asia Pacific

Keywords: Sri Lanka, child rape, offenses, bail, death sentence, non-consensual


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Police reported that over 700 complaints of rape or abuse of children were filed in the first half of the year, with at least four cases were being reported daily.

According to the National Child Protection Authority -- the situation is far worse. Law enforcement estimates that over 20,000 cases of child abuse may have occurred in the first half of this year.

The insecurity of children, popularity of mobile phones with internet facilities among young people, access to pornography, increasing substance abuse and lack of sex education are the chief reasons behind the increase, NCPA says.

An October 2011 study of child abuse in Sri Lanka's north-central region showed that 30 percent of the cases were of female minors, less than 15 years of age having consensual sex with a male partner.

Other child rape cases were attributed to the "strength, power and dominance of perpetrators who could be relatives, teachers or religious dignitaries," a senior prosecutor at the attorney general's office told IPS. "While we do our part, society also needs to take a serious look at this issue," he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

The Women and Media Collective, a campaign group, has denounced these alleged crimes, saying that Sri Lanka has become a society where "perpetrators of heinous crimes against women and children can live with little fear of the law."

Child Development and Women's Affairs Minister Tissa Karaliyadda says that he has drawn up plans to tighten the laws that deal with child abuse, including making it punishable with the death sentence.

Authorities are also trying to sharply reduce the time taken, which takes six years on average to complete a prosecution, and thereby reduce impunity to offenders who often go free on bail.

"But I think there are many runaways (under-age couples eloping) cases and sex with consent which appear in the first complaint (to the police) as suspected rape and provide somewhat misleading data," Dr. Hemamal Jayawardena, child protection specialist from UNICEF says.

Under Sri Lankan laws, those under 16 years are defined as minors and sex with a minor is considered rape, with or without consent.

A maximum jail term of 10 years is imposed on offenders. Authorities are now examining proposals to enforce the death penalty and make it an offense for which no bail can be posted.

Menaca Calyaneratne, director of advocacy at Save the Children's Colombo office, warns about a new breed of abusers called "professional perpetrators" who are "professionals in their own fields but carefully choose an area of work that gives them unhindered access to children in order to abuse them."

Fields such as education, sports, childcare organizations and children's institutions harbor predators such as principals, teachers and sports coaches who are known to abuse their positions, she said, adding that about 90 percent of child abuse is perpetrated by someone known to the victim.

"We used to tell children to be careful of strangers, but that does not seem to be valid anymore," Calyaneratne says.

A version of this story was first published by Inter Press Service news agency.

.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for January 2015
General Intention:
That those from diverse religious traditions and all people of good will may work together for peace.
Missionary Intention: That in this year dedicated to consecrated life, religious men and women may rediscover the joy of following Christ and strive to serve the poor with zeal.



Comments


More Asia Pacific

Who built this MYSTERIOUS FORTRESS in the middle of a Siberian lake? Watch

Image of Por-Bajin was built 1,300 years ago, but it is unknown by whom or what they did.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Scientists are still hard pressed to reveal a definitive answer to who built a 1,300-year-old structure in Siberia, and for what purpose this walled structure had. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Located on the middle of a Siberian island and enclosed by stone ... continue reading


Desperate for a son, man horrifically buries his 10-year-old daughter alive in India Watch

Image of Abul Hussein despised his 10-year-old daughter, because she wasn't a son.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many parents in India consider their daughters an economic burden, while sons are seen as the breadwinners, according to Daily Mail. Having a son means your legacy lives on. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Hatred toward female babies and the huge cultural ... continue reading


There's always the Sun: Bangladesh takes steps to become the 'first solar nation' Watch

Image of The Bangladeshi government aims to provide electricity to all of the country's households by 2021.

By Pantho Rahaman, Thomson Reuters Foundation

Residents of Islampur, a remote village in the northern Bangladeshi district of Naogaon, were stunned one night last summer when the darkness was suddenly illuminated by electric lights coming from a village home. DHAKA, Bangladesh (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - ... continue reading


Who will win China's war on women? 33 million more men than women in China Watch

Image of China has the largest disparity between men and women; there are 33 million more men than women in China.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

China's ongoing issue with a growing population and a disparity in the numbers between each gender is only getting worse; as 2014 there were 33 million more men in China than women. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - China's longstanding family restrictions and ... continue reading


India turns on Christians; 2014's wave of religious terror leaves many fearing state-sponsored persecution to come Watch

Image of 2014 saw a wave of violence in India as Hindu nationalists targeted Christians. Five people died and thousands were subjected to violence.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Last year was not a great year for Christianity. Persecution and murder were rampant in the Middle East-especially in Syria and Iraq-throughout Africa and even India. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - In 2014, India saw a wave of violence towards Christians that ... continue reading


Death of the red dragon? Why China's economic boom is about to bust Watch

Image of One of China's many ghost towns. Built at the height of a massive real estate boom, many Chinese cities and suburbs now lay empty.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Long the boogie man of the United States and the west, China's economic growth has slammed to a halt, hitting its slowest rate since 1990. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The U.S. needn't be afraid of the lurking threat of Chinese economic hegemony, as the Asian ... continue reading


How did President Obama know North Korea was behind the Sony hack? Because we hacked them first! Watch

Image of Access to the Internet is highly limited in North Korea, and only a select few individuals of high rank in the Communist party may access it unfiltered and restricted.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Many Internet security experts and firms were quick to question President Barack Obama's claim that North Korea was behind the hack of Sony Pictures Entertainment in December of 2014, especially so soon after the hacks took place. But the New York Times has ... continue reading


Barbarically appalling death penalty executions revived in Indonesia, starting with two female drug smugglers Watch

Image of Hurting from drug use, Indonesia begins executing death row drug smugglers.

By Abigail James (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Six drug smugglers were shot dead by firing squads in Indonesia, Southeast Asia's largest drug market. 40 to 50 people die each day from drugs in Indonesia, according to the National Anti-Narcotic Agency. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Trying to protect the people ... continue reading


In Manilla, Pope Francis condemns mankind for destroying the environment Watch

Image of Pope Francis wore a rain poncho during much of his time in Manila, and left early to avoid an incoming tropic storm.

By Matt Waterson (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

There's a new voice speaking out on climate change, as Pope Francis entered the ring, calling on mankind to fulfill the charge they were given by God to steward the world and all of creation. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis made his remarks at a ... continue reading


Spread the Reign of Christ Throughout the World! Pope Francis Tells Crowd of 7 Million in the Philippines Watch

Image of May the Santo Nino (Holy Child Jesus) continue to bless the Philippines and may he sustain the Christians of this great nation in their vocation to be witnesses and missionaries of the joy of the Gospel, in Asia and in the whole world.- Pope Francis

By Deacon Keith Fournier

Sometimes, when we see the troubles, difficulties and wrongs all around us, we are tempted to give up. It seems that the promises of the Gospel do not apply; they are unreal. But the Bible tells us that the great threat to God's plan for us is, and always has ... continue reading


All Asia Pacific News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Hebrews 11:1-2, 8-19
1 Only faith can guarantee the blessings that we hope ... Read More

Psalm, Luke 1:69-70, 71-72, 73-75
69 and he has established for us a saving power in ... Read More

Gospel, Mark 4:35-41
35 With the coming of evening that same day, he said ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for January 31st, 2015 Image

St. John Bosco
January 31: What do dreams have to with prayer? Aren't they just random ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter