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 Post subject: Woman miscarries after torture by police in Sri Lanka
 Post Posted: Thu May 05, 2005 3:22 am 
Woman miscarries after torture by police in Sri Lanka

Written by Staff Writer
@PressEsc, Wednesday, 04 May 2005


A pregnant woman suffered a miscarriage four days after she was allegedly tortured by the police in the Southern town of Embilipitya, a human rights group reported today.

K.A. Ganga Kalpani was tortured along with her husband, Walakadage Gamini Senadeera, by officers of the Embilipitiya Police Station, the Hong Kong based Asian Human Rights Commission said.

Kalpani was admitted to the Embilipitiya Hospital on 30 April 2004 and according to the doctors at that hospital she delivered prematurely due to the torture inflicted on her some four days earlier.

Kalpani and her stillborn baby were sent to Ratnapura General Hospital for further investigations.

Prior to this incident, on April 10 following an act of assault by a police officer, a man died at the Police Station in Maharagama, a suburb of Colombo.

"Despite all these incidents, nothing has been done by the Sri Lankan authorities to correct the situation," the human rights watchdog said in a statement. "The most recent gruesome incident of the pregnant woman giving birth to a stillborn baby due to the police torture is an example of the extremely callous behavior of the Sri Lankan police."

AHRC urged that the responsible police officers must be charged not only with torture but also with murder as a medical report revealed that the death of the child was due to the police assault.

AHRC insisted that the inquiry in this case should be taken from the hands of the local police and handed over to a special unit for a complete and impartial investigation.

They warned that any attempt to hush up the inquiry would further aggravate the gross abuse of human rights that has already taken place in the country.


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