Rajitha refutes ‘abduction’ charges

2015-03-16 11:00:46

Refuting allegations that his son had abducted an underage girl, Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne today said that the girl had come willingly.

The parents of a girl on Sunday claimed that their daughter had been forcibly taken away by Eksath Senaratne, the second son of Minister Senaratne.

“The girl had come willingly because of some of the issues with her parents. He didn’t take her forcibly. She had also given a statement to the National Child Protection Authority that she had come willingly because of the issues at home,” Minister Senaratne said.

He said the claims were a part of mudslinging campaign against him to gain political benefits.

“Some of the elements, including former Ministers who had been affected by the action of the present government against alleged corruption could be behind these attempts,” he said.

Gamini Ranasinghe, the father of the girl had complained that Eksath Senaratne had arrived in a vehicle belonging to the Ministry, which his father was attached to and forcibly took away his daughter.

Rejecting the claims, Minister Senaratne said he would take legal action against the couple for making false allegations. Addressing a media conference in Colombo on Sunday, the girl’s parents claimed that the Minister’s son kept her 17 year-old daughter forcibly. According to the parents, the girl was allegedly abducted by the Minister's son on February 24, in 2014 while she was returning home from school.
They also said that after several complaints to the police and the Child Protection Bureau, they managed to get released the girl and kept at the girl's aunt’s home in order to do her O/L examination. 
But, according to the parents, the said Minister's son had again taken away the girl on April 6, 2014 and kept her at the Minister's official residence.
“Since then, we complained to the police as well as the Child Protection Bureau in Pagoda but until now we are unable to get released her," the girl's father Gamini Ranasinghe said.(DS)

  Comments - 34

  • sss Monday, 16 March 2015 16:39

    the girl came willingly and we kept her - nicely sum up the conduct of law and order in sri lanka regardless of who is in the helm

    Reply : 6       156

    Nimal Monday, 16 March 2015 16:49

    Yes, that is good. Take legal action instead of using White Van culture.

    Reply : 18       98

    Patriot Monday, 16 March 2015 16:52

    Pinocchio on action again.

    Reply : 5       96

    ANTON Monday, 16 March 2015 16:55


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    Udaya de Silva Monday, 16 March 2015 17:14

    Mr Minister, you should have very well known that 15year girl cannot give a consent to leave the home willingly unless decided by a appropriate court of law. Your statement itself explain that you or your son has gone against the law of the country

    Reply : 5       199

    Ratavesiya Monday, 16 March 2015 17:26

    Deiyane kata kiyantada? Koyi devaluation yanta da??

    Reply : 1       57

    ara Monday, 16 March 2015 17:51

    wow, hes justifying a 16 year old girl leaving the house willingly to be with a man.

    Reply : 3       131

    Banda Monday, 16 March 2015 18:15

    Love will prevail...

    Reply : 43       13

    neil Monday, 16 March 2015 18:37

    Shame! shame!! shame!!! MR. minister...trying to justify what you did is THE mother all SHAME!!!

    Reply : 4       84

    gayan Monday, 16 March 2015 19:15

    What nonsense, may be he is thinking we are babies too.

    Reply : 4       83

    dilhan Monday, 16 March 2015 20:06

    "Yahaplana" Government lol

    Reply : 8       82

    giga Monday, 16 March 2015 20:06

    Ha ha..what goes around comes around.

    Reply : 6       70

    TONY Monday, 16 March 2015 22:39


    Reply : 0       6

    Maya Tuesday, 17 March 2015 00:23

    If they take your son and keep with them say the same, will you accept?Thinks that all others are fools.

    Reply : 4       59

    The God Father Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:26

    Dudes, read it again, he didnt mention that she had eloped but saying due to few issues she had left the house, neither the parents nor the Minister is genuine, Child protection Agency need to do a thorough investigation.

    Reply : 9       19

    Desmond Jeromme Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:26

    Doctor, we got to know, Wimal Weerawansa had approached the girls parents in so many occasions. Means... he is using them for his political gain. Arrange to arrest him.

    Reply : 35       5

    wijaya Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:40

    Why not ask the Child Protection Bureau to study this and issue a statement?

    Reply : 0       23

    helaya shakthi Tuesday, 17 March 2015 08:52

    This is the "yahapanaya" what they promised to change.Deyiyangema pihitai ape kellanta

    Reply : 3       22

    citizen Tuesday, 17 March 2015 09:02

    Extremely strange and terrible. At least if the Minister says they are already engaged / married or they intend to get married it would be some relief for the parents and our great culture we are talking about. If he is a responsible father he should have convinced the girl and left her with her parents.

    Reply : 0       41

    Hmmm Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:10

    2014 Case ekak... where was it hidden all these days???.... mmm.. Drinkable question

    Reply : 2       17

    ramola Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:24

    Thought this govt was going to wipe out corruption instead they ar exploiting underage girls.

    Reply : 1       16

    Bamboo Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:33

    Even though what he says was wrong, it seems it happen 2014 Feb.Why parents wated so long? Why now? Who was behind?

    Reply : 4       15

    dilan Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:45

    There are so many girls and boys living in this country that has issues with Parents . But does this mean all of them should be abducted and keep at your own will.what nonsense is this?

    Reply : 0       17

    Upali Tuesday, 17 March 2015 11:48

    In vain with huge expenditure a change has been installed by the people. MR also responsible for calling election with two years to be spared Those who are supposed to be indulge in good governance have embroiled with accusation.

    Reply : 0       1

    Priyan Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:04

    Rajitha this can be a mud slinging act by MR company .However since you are a learned medic I am reluctant to believe you were not aware that she was under aged.Stroctly speaking that girl cannot give consent.However in UK there is a clause called Gillick Fraser competency . I am not sure whether it is applicable to our system.What it means is a youngster Canaletto decisions of he or she can demonstrate the necessary maturity, This is for consenting for treatment but I am not sure about this kind of affair. Hope this matter will resolve soon.

    Reply : 1       2

    Nanda Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:08

    Pillars of Yahapalanya!

    Reply : 0       2

    iemerald Tuesday, 17 March 2015 12:17

    even if the girl came willingly this piece of human excrement should have notified the police and the child protection agency and given the girl to them to care.he should be charged for child abduction and probably paedophlia for having an unrelated minor in his household.

    Reply : 0       2

    neel Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:47

    Former generation of ministers sons over, this is the present generations of ministers children...

    Reply : 0       5

    shamantha Welgama Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:32

    Its very difficult to understand the politico in Sri Lanka today.99% Seems corrupted.Now we need to think of JVP only. No one else.Under President Miethripala,JVP

    Reply : 0       4

    Nanda Tuesday, 17 March 2015 14:59

    Yahapalana method of abduction?

    Reply : 2       5

    Aba Jayasekera Tuesday, 17 March 2015 16:21

    All our politicians cannot control their children. Mahinda, Kabir,Mahinda Wijesekera, Mervin, Rambukwella and the new recruit to that category - RAJITHA. How can we entrust the future of our country to these rascals!

    Reply : 0       9

    Rasa Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:13

    This is not abduction. This is an affair, one sided or double sided. Time will solve the problem, if this is not a health problem.Best of luck to all

    Reply : 2       2

    Malik Markar Saturday, 11 April 2015 14:34

    Mage Nona mata kiuwe ape puthata eka yojanawakwath hari gihilla nehe ne ithin langa inna mithurage duwa gedera thiyagaththama aduma tharamen ape lokuma getaluwa wisandei. Neethi thiyenne ara apata moda wela chanda dun ayata. Apita mona danda neethida? Api rajjuruwo.Untai me neethi heduwe. Api yahapalanaya karanne mehemai.

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    Ranjan Joseph Saturday, 11 April 2015 14:44

    What is the purpose in keeping this girl in the house of her lover for him to keep only looking at her all the time until she turns 18 to marry her according to the laws of the land, without allowing even her younger sisters to speak with her or meet her ?.

    Reply : 0       0

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