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One rationale for the initial finding at the office of the Mannar JMO, is that the women, following intimidation, did not actually allow any medical examination to occur.
If community pressure did not result in a second examination, the women’s case would lack the essential medical evidence upon which successful prosecution rests.
As put by Amnesty International, the PTA is ‘one of the main legal tools deployed by the government to silence its critics’ and places persons detained under its provisions in a type of ‘sinister limbo’.
The PTA continues to be the antithesis of progress towards greater civil rights in Sri Lanka; and its permissive provisions create legal spaces for arbitrary arrests to thrive.
Members of the armed forces also threatened Wijikala’s mother.
Their case finally came to trial after five years; this is not an uncommon delay.The transfer of criminal proceedings between courts is one reflection of an overwhelmingly politicised Attorney General’s office.This practice exacerbates enduring ethnic barriers to justice: Tamil women whose cases are transferred to Anuradhapura find the travel challenging, they may not understand the language used in court, and often feel like they are in an antagonistic space.It is important to note that prosecution of rape cases rests with the Attorney General, whose office is vested with broad powers to withdraw indictments and terminate High Court proceedings.Where state actors are involved, prosecution has been conspicuously reticent.Three police officers and nine navy personnel were later identified as perpetrators.