Mar 05, 2018

Special high court proposed to hear child abuse cases Featured

Human rights expert Dr. Pratibha Mahanamahewa proposes the setting up of a special high court to hear sexual and other abuses of children.

He notes the most immediate case in point, the sexual abuse and murder of a boy aged 10 years at Iranawila in Chilaw.

The existing laws penalize pedophiles with prison terms of between seven and 20 years, and if the child was killed, death penalty is given as per clause 293 of the penal code.

The punishment can be given within a short period if a special high court is appointed to hear such cases, he says.

The boy, Susil Nirmal, had gone missing from home after attending a church event on February 25.

CCTV camera footage from a shop nearby showed the boy was being taken away by a coconut plucker.

His body was found two days later from a forest reserve at Muwapitiya.

The suspect was arrested from Nayaru fishing hamlet in Mullaitivu yesterday (04).

In a confession to police, he said he had taken the boy to the forest reserve with a promise to catch a parrot, sexually abused him and killed him.