By Nayanajeewa Bandara
A senior police team has been appointed to investigate a complaint by a woman army deserter who alleged that she had been raped by three police officers including an Inspector from the Buttala Police Station when she went to lodge a complaint against her lover.
Uva Province DIG, H.N.G. Ambanwela has appointed an investigation team under an ASP to hold a formal inquiry into the alleged incident. The woman soldier attached to the Gajaba Regiment is a resident of Udugama in Galle.
It is alleged that she had been in love with a young man from Buttala and had been living with him at his relative’s house after she deserted the army.
In June this year, her lover insisted she undergo an abortion after she told him she was pregnant but as she refused, it led to a dispute between the couple.
The ex solider visited the Buttala Police to lodge a complaint and at the inquiry the couple came to a settlement that they would get married.
However, her lover and his parents chased her away at the dead of night from the house and she had once again visited the Buttala police seeking legal remedy.
It is alleged that instead of helping her, three police officers on duty had raped her and produced her after two days later before Wellawaya Magistrate for deserting the army.
She was later handed over to the Military Police who recorded her complaint against Buttala police.
The victim was admitted to Diyathalawa hospital and was later transferred to the Badulla Hospital.