SLC sex scandal: JVP calls for hunting down sexual predators immediately



By Dasun Edirisinghe

The JVP women’s wing Women for Rights (WfR) yesterday urged Sports Minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage to expedite inquiries against officials who had allegedly obtained sexual bribes from women cricketers.

WfR Co-President Samanmalee Gunasinghe told The Island that if the inquiries were not carried out fast women would be discouraged from playing cricket.

"Cricket and other sports have helped put Sri Lanka on the map," she said, adding soliciting and obtaining sexual bribes from women cricketers to include them in the women’s national squad had to be tackled as a national priority.

Gunasinghe said that Sri Lanka women’s cricket team had performed well, but those who were already in the team were discouraged by indecent proposals.

The woman activist alleged that the situation was prevailing not only in the women’s cricket team, but also in other sports as well as government institutions.

She said that her organisation had already launched an awareness programme to educate women on those problems and how to avoid them.

"We conducted the programme in Avissawella on Saturday and it would hold it countrywide," Gunasinghe said.

She said all political parties, parents, sports associations and civil society groups had to take serious notice of the serious allegations levelled against Sri Lanka Cricket and push for a high-level probe and action against sick elements in high posts in sports bodies as well as elsewhere.

Sports Ministry spokesman Harsha B. Abeykoon, contacted for comment, said that Minister Aluthgamage had already called for a report on the allegation from the Sri Lanka Cricket as there was no written complaint on the incident.

After receiving the report, the minister would appoint a committee headed by a senior retired female judge to investigate the incident; Abeykoon said, adding that the Minister was scheduled to receive the SLC report today.

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