System fails to mete out justice to victims of sexual predators


By Madura Ranwala

National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) Chairperson Dr Natasha Balendra and its Deputy Chairman Sajeewa Samaranayake yesterday admitted that the legal system in the country had failed to mete out punishment to child abusers the way it should as court cases of that nature would last for about eight to nine years and the sentence would not amount to even ten year imprisonment.

 She was addressing a media briefing at Madiwela NCPA auditorium in the wake of brutal killing of Seya Sadewmi Bakmeedeniya (05) of Kotadeniyawa. Deputy NCPA Chairman Dr. Sajeewa Samaranayake, Acting Police Spokesman SSP Priyantha Jayakody and some other NCPA officers were present.

 "We are discussing the matter with relevant ministries and requesting the government to set up Special Provincial High Courts in each province to indict the suspects within one year and hand them down the maximum sentence of 20 years imprisonment. However, we do not promote death penalty as it is not the only remedy to prevent crimes of this nature and it is not accepted by the United Nations," Dr Balendra said.

She requested the public not to get agitated over the recent unfortunate incident at Kotadeniyawa and to make any complaint on any matter regarding children’s protection via phone number 1929.

SSP Jayakody, NCPA Chairperson and her deputy pointed out that the NCPA, Police and other government organisations alone could not solve or reduce sexual, physical, verbal abuses directed at children and insisted that parents, society and relevant authorities should educate their children on the threats facing them constantly, win their confidence for them to disclose any kind sexual harassment and take preventive measures to keep a watchful eye on children.

 "The children too should be aware of the threats as there can be sexual predators around them and they should be careful not to be alone in invulnerable places. After all, this is a collective effort."

The NCPA‚ÄąChairperson said that her outfit had received about 4,000 cases of different nature.

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