SRI LANKA: A 13-year-old girl was raped by her father


Urgent Appeal Case: UA-51-2002
ISSUES: Sexual violence, Violence against women, Women's rights,

SRI LANKA: Risk of life; Need protection and counseling for the victim of rape and family by the state


Sandamalee (13), a student of year 8 was raped by her father (37) on 2nd September 2002. She revealed her story when her mother (34) saw her husband raping her daughter with her own eyes on the night of 26th September 2002.

Sandamalee had been raped by her father more than 6 times since 2nd September 2002.

The mother of the victim reported this to the police on the 27th September 2002, the day after she saw this horrible scene. The father of the victim was arrested on 2nd October 2002 by the Kandy police and handed to the Manikhinna police.

The father of the victim was further remanded when he was produced in courts on 11th October 2002. He is a vendor living with his wife, the daughter and the son of eleven years. They were living in Pallekele, Kandy for last three years.

When the father first raped the victim on 2nd September, the victim’s mother was in Colombo participating in the ¡°Janabala Meheuma¡± (a demonstration held in Colombo to support peace initiatives by the present government). The father of the victim sent his son to the nearby boutique and raped the victim around 8:00 p.m.

The victim was threatened with a knife by her father before being raped. The 13-year-old knew about her father, how dangerous he could be, since he used beat and torture her mother after getting drunk.

The victim is a student of a college nearby Kandy and she wishes to continue her studies. According to the mother, the young girl still screams even during the daytime when she remembers this horrible experience. She was admitted to Kandy hospital for a medical examination and stayed there for four days.

Fearing that the father would attempt to kill the victim and her mother, the mother removed the victim from her school the day before her father was arrested. The mother of the victim reported this incident to a human rights group, which has begun to prepare a shelter for the victim to stay and continue her studies.

However, the victim and her mother fear for their security. The fear is that the father will try to harm the daughter and mother. Child rights and child protection are not much talked about in Sri Lanka, therefore, the state has no programmes to help such victims and provide them counseling and other protection.

There is also a fear that proper investigation may not take place. The human rights group helping the family wants the state to take greater responsibility for the young girl and her family, and provide protection and help them to seek justice.


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Dear Sir,

I draw your attention to rape case of a 13-year-old girl by her father, a matter that is now being investigated by the Manikhinna police. This shameless act calls for stern action.

First of all, it is essential to provide proper protection, security and counseling for the victim. The young girl, whose natural protector has become her rapist, is now in situation that if not properly helped may make her destitute. The mother who brought the matter to police too is in danger.

The Sri Lankan government is a signatory to the Convention on the Rights of the Child and other human rights covenants and conventions. I urge the government to honor these obligations and the basic duties owed to young children. I particularly urge that complete protection be given to the child and mother.

Thank you.

Sincerely yours,


1. Honourable Prime Minister

Mr. Ranil Wickremasinghe

Cambridge Place

Colombo 7


Fax: +94 1 682905 or 575454 / +94 1 542919 (Secretary to the PM)

Email: or

SALUTATION: Hon. Prime Minister

2. Hon. Mr. K.C. Kamalasabesan

Attorney General

Attorney – General’s Department

Colombo 12


Fax: +94 1 436 421

Email: or

SALUTATION: Dear Attorney General

3. Mr. T. E. Anandrajah

Inspector General of Police

New Secretariat

Colombo 1,


Fax: +94 1 446174

SALUTATION: Dear Inspector General of Police

Document Type : Urgent Appeal Case
Document ID : UA-51-2002
Countries : Sri Lanka,
Issues : Sexual violence, Violence against women, Women's rights,