Civil societies sources in Amparai state that disadvantaged Tamil Saiva families are being converted to Islam by mosque leaders through financial enticement, reported TamilNet. Approximately seventy five Saiva families living in Nainaakdu have been converted to Islam and a mosque has been erected recently for the convertees’ use.
Tamil girls working in textile shops owned by Muslims in Kalmunai-Akkaraippaththu have also been facing sexual harassment and used for prostitution. These allegations have been reported to local police, who are however to be believed to be part of the prostitution ring.
The Sri Lankan government has expressed concern over a recent Memorandum of understanding, signed between the US Embassy in Colombo and the Trincomalee Urban Council, to establish an ‘American Corner’, a public information centre.
A Sri Lankan military soldier is suspected to have perpetrated the rape of a 7 year old girl in Nedunkeni, Vavuniya, reports Uthayan.
The incident led to a protest by local Tamils, demanding that the culprit be arrested.
Sri Lanka's Public Relations and Public Affairs Minister, Mervyn Silva, has decided to launch a hotline for public complaints, reports Colombo Page. The hotline would allow the user to choose their language of choice,