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Women sexually harassed by creditors

Voluntary organisations in Batticaloa have accused micro-credit lenders of sexually harassing vulnerable female borrowers, reports BBC Tamil.

Since the end of the war, micro-credit lenders have been active in Batticaloa, giving loans for self-employment especially to women in resettlements or deprived villages.

Lending officials reportedly harass women for sexual bribes when they strugge with repayments, mainly due to high rates of interest on most micro-credit loans.