Protests continue seeking justice over Jaffna school girl killing | Sunday Observer

Protests continue seeking justice over Jaffna school girl killing

1 July, 2018

Public agitations seeking justice over the murder of six-year old school girl Sivaneswaran Regina are continuing daily since the day after the murder was detected on June 26 at Kattappulam village near Sulipuram in Jaffna.

Demonstrations were reported yesterday at Chenkalady in Eravur in the East and on previous day (Friday) in front of the Jaffna post office. Six suspects, arrested by the Vaddukoddai police, are under interrogation and they include the victim’s paternal uncle Sivakumar Satheeskumar (22) who is believed to be a drug-addict and he has confessed to the gruesome killing of the child by throttling her neck with a coir-rope used for tying cattle.

He had also admitted that he lured the child to a remote area saying he will show her doves and relieved her of her earrings before strangling her and showing the body into a well. There were signs and bruises all over the body of the child, found only with her underwear, indicating sexual molestation, according to police reports. Reports also said that the said suspect was behaving as if he was mentally deranged.

The first protest demonstration was held at Sulipuram junction interrupting vehicular traffic movement for some hours and demanding maximum punishment to the culprits. Protests were held daily in the North and the East demanding justice for the victim.

Protesters chanted slogans and carried placards demanding the law enforcement authorities to stop drug trafficking in the peninsula and bring to book the culprits among the law enforcement authorities who are conniving with the traffickers, requesting not to sideline rural areas and requesting local and national political leaders to look into the plight and problems of the people.The protests were joined by women’s organisations, university students, members of local government bodies, Christian and Catholic nuns, school children and teachers, political leaders from local communities and members of the public. Protesters have threatened that the protests will be expanded island-wide and will continue indefinitely if immediate and maximum punishment was not meted out to the culprits and if effective and immediate measures were not taken to prevent the abuse of children and women in the North.