Jul 30, 2021

Ishalini's body to be exhumed today for 2nd post-mortem

The body of 16-year-old Jude Kumar Ishalini who served as a domestic worker at former Minister Rishad Bathiutheen's house, is to be exhumed today following a court order.

The burial site of the 16-year-old girl is currently under police guard in Dayagama.

The body would be moved to the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital under armed guard, to perform the second post-mortem, according to the order made by Nuwara Eliya Magistrate Lushaka Kumari Dharmakeerthi on Thursday (29).

The Magistrate has ordered Police to ensure that the body is exhumed at 08:30 AM on Friday (30) in accordance with the COVID-19 guidelines.

The 03-member Panel of Experts has been  appointed to conduct the 02nd postmortem, with the nominations by the Director-General of Health Services and on the recommendation of the Attorney General.

The members of the 03-member Expert Panel are:
01. Professor Jean Perera – Professor of Forensic Medicine at the Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo

02. Senior Lecturer Dr. Sameera Gunwardena – Head of the Department of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology at the Medical Faculty of the University of Colombo

03. Dr. Prabhath Senasinghe – Consultant Judicial Medical Officer at the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital

The body will be exhumed under the supervision of the respective Magistrate, with the assistance of all experts and stakeholders in the field.

Police have so far arrested three suspects in connection with the death of the 16-year old girl at the Ex-Minister’s residence.

They are the Ex-Minister’s Wife, Father-in-Law, and a broker, Ponniah Bandaram alias Shankar, who has trafficked the girl for domestic work.

In addition, the brother-in-law of Ex-Minister Rishad Bathiudeen was arrested by Sri Lanka Police for committing rape.

Sri Lanka Police recorded statements from another 05 people with regard to the investigations on the death of 16-year-old Jude Kumar Ishalini, a domestic aide who had died at the Colombo residence of Ex-Minister Rishad Bathiudeen.

Police said 11 women had been employed as domestic aides at the residence of the Ex-Minister since 2010 and all of them were from Dayagama or surrounding areas.

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