USNS Mercy’s two women Navy personnel sexually harassed

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Two US women Navy personnel attached to the US Navy Hospital Ship, USNS Mercy, had been subjected to an attempted act of sexual harassment by a hotel employee in Uppuveli on Sunday.

The suspect, who is a resident of Mullaitivu, was arrested by the Uppuveli Police today.

Police said the two women aged 25 and 23 had been staying at a hotel in Uppuveli, Trincomalee when the incident is alleged to have happened.

The victims had asked for some beverage from the suspect on Sunday evening.

The suspect had entered the women’s room with the beverage and is alleged to have groped their legs.

They had informed the hotel receptionist and complained to the Uppuveli Police on Monday.

The suspect is to be produced in the Trincomalee Magistrate’s Court today.

The ‘USNS Mercy’ arrived in Sri Lanka on April 25 for the 2018 Pacific Partnership and held several community-related events.

Meanwhile, a female Britisher who stayed in another hotel in the same area had also faced sexual harassment by an intruder who entered her room on Saturday morning.

Police said the suspect, a resident of Maspotha in Kurunegala,was arrested with the help of the hotel’s CCTV camera footage.

Uppuveli Police is to produce the suspect before the Trincomalee Magistrate today. (Thilanka Kanakarathna)

  Comments - 41

  • Malinga Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:37 PM

    In Sri Lanka they grope,but in the western countries they rape and murder.Both are bad but West is very dangerous.

    Thomas Wednesday, 09 May 2018 08:20 AM

    What you mean by comment is Sri Lankans are lesser evil than foreignersShame for you to talk like this, which degrades this countries reputation. You shoud condemn this act

    BuffaloaCitizen Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:39 PM

    The uncivilized nature of the southern yakkos is clearly showing.

    CD Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:53 PM

    err...... this has happened in Trincomali, by a resident of the area, which is the east.

    gamarala Wednesday, 09 May 2018 11:29 AM

    Southern - Northern are all the same in Sri Lanka. Sex straved individuals who cannot contain thier lust, Its time they are all locked up for some time.

    ANTON Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:40 PM


    Machan Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:47 PM

    Whats happening here? Is our slogan for tourism gonna be " We rape like no other"? This is going out of hand if not brought under control.

    lal Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:47 PM

    Sri Lankans need to be civilized one way or another. We can't develop like animals

    srilankan Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:58 PM

    machan we are living in a banana republic, we are like benjiman button.... we are reversing back our development!!!!

    srilankan Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:54 PM

    I heard there was a heat wave in Sri Lanka guess, this is the aftermath of that!!!!! are we getting soo desperate?????

    Dee Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:55 PM

    Seems like the guys from mulativ s no second to our 'lions' from deep down south! Both equally frustrated lot. Glad we are not from the south (or North and neither from central)

    Tax Payer Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:56 PM

    Becoming like India now?

    Siri de Alwis Tuesday, 08 May 2018 01:56 PM

    Sri Lanka is following India.Siri

    ANTON Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:01 PM


    Chari Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:01 PM

    Say Good Bye to Tourism if this trend continues. Bring Capital Punishment for Murder, Rape and Drug Dealings.

    Warren Raed Wednesday, 09 May 2018 10:27 AM

    Capital punishment will never be implemented because then all politicians will have to go first. LoL

    roger Emmanuel Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:01 PM

    USNS Mercy’s two women Navy personnel sexually harassedBiting the hands that feed. These young people have come to serve the sick and poor. Such sad instances need strict penaties to be imposed. It degrades the whole country and should be vehemently condemned by all people.

    Mm Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:06 PM

    So many perverts it’s becoming unsafe to travel as females in Sri Lanka.

    Jaliya Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:07 PM

    A very warm welcome to sri lanka ... where dirty, dark, uncivilized and low self confidence sri lankan men pray on white women thinking that the reason for the visit is attraction for dark skin men … that is how much we have learned over the years. If you want to get to know these women you have to be an island coconut … I mean a fully grown island coconut … brown on the outside and white and creamy on the inside with a shell that is not going to crack open with criticism.

    Kumara Dharmarathne Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:14 PM

    President,PM and Law and order Minister,What is happening in the country?As it seems sexual harassment for foreign women in the country was in the increase in the recent past. This is a disgraceful situation. President appointed a new Law and order Minister,but we are yet to see his performance. Although President said that he made a scientific cabinet reshuffle,what we saw was appointing the man who saved the country from terrorists as minister for wild life,and with or without knowledge President is in a big way disrespecting the war Hero.

    Akhila Thursday, 10 May 2018 11:46 AM

    It's like asking Muralitheran to bat at no 03 while Sangakkara is languishing in the dressing room

    Stunned Citizen Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:20 PM

    Firstly Sincere Apologies to those affected. Secondly, the government and Justice System needs to seriously introduce serious punishments for such offenses to deter incidents of such nature happening.

    Shan Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:39 PM

    Make these sex maniacs impotent for the rest of their life

    nash Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:44 PM

    disgrace for the entire nation, hang them with dirty politiccos!!

    JIM Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:50 PM

    Lord have mercy upon us !!!!

    ranjith Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:58 PM

    Such frustrated men, these instances must be used to set an example for others by giving the harshest punishments. if they are so brave to attack foreigners can't image what happens with local women.

    Bombastic Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:03 PM

    2500 year old "Civilisation". Terrible. Absolutely terrible that we have such shoddy respect for women.

    Aiyo Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:15 PM

    Sex, drugs are dominating Sri Lanka.

    end to sexual harrasment Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:17 PM

    I want the suspect to put in behind bars FOREVER THIS HAS TO STOP

    Kumara Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:19 PM

    To Hon President,This kind of bad news is spreading like wild fire in social media internationally.Please take action to curb this menace so the Country's tourism improve.

    Flatwhite Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:21 PM

    Sri Lanka a holiday destination where you get grouped while you are served your king coconut, sexually harassed by perverted and sick men as part of your cultural experience. Welcome to paradise

    Sunil Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:23 PM

    Expose these individuals involved in deplorable behavior and help clean up our tourism industry. These people need to learn that it is wrong to force oneself with sexual intent on another without consent.

    ANTON Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:28 PM


    Sammy Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:29 PM

    Immediate sacking and legal action, if found guilty. It's a dusgrace to the country. Staff of hotels etc. dealing with tourists should be properly screened and given strict instructions not mess around with tourists.

    Jilla Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:40 PM

    The US should bomb this worthless country.

    srilankan Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:59 PM

    that's too harsh!!!! we must be nuked!!!!

    tony Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:45 PM

    Now close all the restaurants in the area and demolish them like in Mirissa lol

    Waco Tuesday, 08 May 2018 03:51 PM

    If found guilty, castrate them.

    Thomas Wednesday, 09 May 2018 08:26 AM

    This matter is deplorable Deterrent punishment be meated our such as chopping of the RAping Tools

    ali Saturday, 12 May 2018 02:33 PM

    Bring Sharia Law here

    T de alwis Monday, 14 May 2018 01:53 AM


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