Dead woman returns after 25 years

20 January 2017 08:18 am - 13     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The return of a young woman who had disappeared during the 1988-89 insurrection created a sensational issue in Giraulla in Gampola yesterday and she became the cynosure of a crowd gathered.

The young woman Padma Kumari who had been 18 years of age when she disappeared is 43 years old today. The Grama Niladhari of the area said her next of kin had even received compensation for her from the Ganga Ihala Korala Divisional Secretariat.

After her marriage the woman had settled in her husband’s house at Kohombamada area, but her marriage life lasted only three months due to the death of her husband who was abducted by four masked men and was shot dead in a tea estate.

Relating her harrowing experience after the death of her husband she said that she left the area in fear of any possible threat to her life and settled in the house of a relative in Nawalapitiya.

“However the relative handed me over to a house in Colombo where I had to work as a servant for 26 long years facing hardship. I was not allowed even to attend my father’s and brother’s funerals. I had to look after two children in that house. One of them is now 30 years and the other is 26 years. Last Monday 16, I managed to flee from that house. When I returned home no one in the household could not make me out. Ultimately my brother identified me from my identity card.” she said.

She requested the authorities to take legal action against the individuals who kept her for 26 years as a servant by force and those responsible for her husband’s death.

The Nawalapitiya Police that initiated investigations into the incident admitted her last morning to the Nawalapitiya Hospital for medical examination. (Suranga Rajanayake)

  Comments - 13

  • Adwani Friday, 20 January 2017 09:37 AM

    Lets hope Lasantha Wickramatunga and Ekneliyagoda too will return with similar horrorful stories and ultimately will save Mahinda Mama from the Gallows.

    Dee Friday, 20 January 2017 09:51 AM

    So they claimed compensation on wrong info? If she knew of her father and brother passing away, that means she was in touch. We have heard many similar stories. Interesting heart touching tale. But look deeply into the case, not the begining and the end only.

    ANTON Friday, 20 January 2017 10:17 AM


    Sangaralingham Friday, 20 January 2017 10:20 AM

    Let us face it the family or individual allegedly mistreated her must be charged and questioned and forced to pay compensation to this person. Why this woman for a long time unable to leave and contact authorities either by talking to someone or walking away.if locked up by her employer additional charge must be laid on that employer

    Avsenna Friday, 20 January 2017 10:26 AM

    Fishy. Indeed. kept by her own sister. All got tax payers money as compensation. One opportunity run for 27 years . did the sis. attend the Dame .need to investigate. If genuine ask sis. half the house as C. via DM Android App

    Huna Friday, 20 January 2017 11:12 AM

    Also at the rate of 15,000/- a month, this woman should have to be paid 4.6 million by the house was abused, if she had not been paid for her work...Interesting news. I hope the owner is not a politician :)

    ram Friday, 20 January 2017 11:23 AM

    It is very sad to hear this news. But it a believable storey. kept captive/slave for 25 years in the home country.

    ravin Friday, 20 January 2017 01:01 PM

    Forced labor? Human right people, matter to pursue?

    SERIOUS ACTION Friday, 20 January 2017 03:04 PM

    SERIOUS ACTION will only happen if the head of that household (HH) is not politically connected. Or HH is not in any law enforcing agencies !

    NOT to Forget Friday, 20 January 2017 03:06 PM

    Not to forget THAJUDEEN as well

    sigiriya Friday, 20 January 2017 08:35 AM

    Why do we have so much of woeful news? The newspapers are full of them. Is it that newspapers sell when there are headlines like this, or is it that this is the 'plight of Sri Lanka'?

    S.P.RAMKUMAR Friday, 20 January 2017 08:40 AM

    We thought these inhuman activities are happen our ladies in Middle east. But this incident happened in Our Country. Where are Labor activist, Government have to take serious action, Culprits must pay compensation.

    Raz Friday, 20 January 2017 09:11 AM

    For the news paper this nothing compared with the electronic media which will sell any rubbish to be in business by arousing the mass. via DM Android App

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