Lanka tops sexual harassment list in South Asia

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Sri Lanka has topped the list of sexual harassment cases in the South Asian region especially relating to women being harassed in public transport, the Legal Aid Commission said yesterday.

Commission’s Chairman S. S. Wijeratne made this revelation while addressing the White Ribbon campaign that was held at Bastian Mawatha with the aim of stopping sexual harassment in public transport.

Referring to a journal report that published recently, Mr. Wijeratne said as Sri Lankans we should seriously be concerned about the matter. “Though the population in India is higher than Sri Lanka, incidence of sexual harassment in public transport is very much lower in India when compared to us.”
However, he said owing to several public awareness campaigns, there was a gradual decrease in such incidents in the recent past.   

Mr. Wijeratne said the victimized women in public transport were reluctant to make complaints about the matter to bus conductors, bus drivers or to the police. “They used to bear the trauma without seeking legal assistance.

The LAC is ready to assist and appear on behalf of such victimized women in public transport. He further said the campaign against sexual harassment in public transport would be carried out until a proper environment for women was created in the country. (Lakmal Sooriyagoda)

  Comments - 30

  • My Lanka Saturday, 01 December 2012 05:01 AM

    Sexual what......?????? No Wonder why MR govt has rated high by some tourist outfits.......

    Abdul Saturday, 01 December 2012 06:25 AM

    there is an easy solution for this problem. lets stop packing people in buses like canned salmon.

    Chow Chow Saturday, 01 December 2012 07:16 AM

    Bodu Bala Sena is sleeping on these issues. Hypocrites!

    Chow Chow Saturday, 01 December 2012 07:21 AM

    Even I have been harassed this way LOL

    shihan Saturday, 01 December 2012 07:35 AM

    BBS should be banned

    richardson Saturday, 01 December 2012 07:43 AM


    moh Saturday, 01 December 2012 08:09 AM

    we should not blame only male category for this. how abt some girls/women married or not co-operate for this type of things. ?
    or ladies themselves lean towards males.?

    dave Saturday, 01 December 2012 08:49 AM

    Legalize the Prostitution.
    Nothing will be happened. Or at least do not apprehend the Girls in Massage Clinics.
    Face the truth. Do not preach for the sake fo preaching.
    Be practical

    Confused Saturday, 01 December 2012 09:05 AM

    Non sequitur...prostitution and harassment have nothing to do with each other.

    Paddy Suman Saturday, 01 December 2012 09:11 AM

    Ladies only public transport please.

    common man Sunday, 02 December 2012 12:00 AM

    So long women are using the public transports and this time surprisingly we are at the top. definitely this has to do with the current dress code. via DM Android App

    Ram Saturday, 01 December 2012 09:40 AM

    Need of the hour:
    1. Tougher punishments for culprits
    2. Help desk for recieving complains and system to act quickly
    3. Limit number of passengers in the bus/train
    4. Make survilience camera mandatory in public transport/bus/train. Cameras and equip. are cheap these days.
    5. Make awareness

    Vaidy sathasivam Saturday, 01 December 2012 09:51 AM

    Separate buses for women should be operated during peak times to reduce such incidents

    Thoththa baba Wednesday, 19 December 2012 09:07 AM

    This is not really true..India is way ahead of us in sexual harassment "qualifications". For instance, there is a massive uprising against a brutal sexual assault on a medical student in Delhi a few days ago. India is finally awakening from their slumber. We have to also bear in mind that sweeping such incidents under the carpet wont make us a clean nation.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 01 December 2012 10:03 AM

    Another dubious distinction for the country in its journey to be the Miracle of Asia. The public are just following the ruling government politicians and their lackeys who exploit women at every turn.

    Jagath Leanagej Sunday, 02 December 2012 02:49 AM

    Asiyawe ass charya.

    Saskia Saturday, 01 December 2012 10:44 AM

    Now you all understand what would have happened to the women from north and east. Don't deny anymore and accept the truth.

    xlntgson Sunday, 02 December 2012 04:10 AM

    Monologue! Sexual advances are not sex acts, but the limitation is not defined, some men are accused on the women's conclusive definitions.

    LBJ Monday, 03 December 2012 01:02 AM

    great bullet points.

    reader Saturday, 01 December 2012 12:00 AM

    this is not good :( via DM Android App

    meranchi Saturday, 01 December 2012 03:14 AM

    law have loop hale to escape.....i....

    roger Saturday, 01 December 2012 03:20 AM

    Oh so now we no what is happening to the woman up north east it is evidence. We all tend to deny the truth whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

    lalitha Saturday, 01 December 2012 03:32 AM

    is this part of the mahinda chinthana?

    dachee Saturday, 01 December 2012 03:39 AM

    Well done boys... go ahead.......

    Jay Saturday, 01 December 2012 03:40 AM

    We are getting there..."WONDER OF ASIA"!

    Jana Saturday, 01 December 2012 03:42 AM

    Way to go SL! The Chinthanaya of 'one and only' in SL history!!!

    s.perera Saturday, 01 December 2012 03:54 AM

    while countries like Australia and Switzerland take the awards for "the best country in the world", Sri Lanka tops the sexual harassment list in public transport. GREAT STUFF AND KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! -.-

    grey Saturday, 01 December 2012 12:00 AM

    making of the miracle of Asia via DM Android App

    hkshewa Saturday, 01 December 2012 04:31 AM

    but how many times a day we recite " kaame sumichcha chara...." Something is wrong somewhere...!

    mamath Saturday, 01 December 2012 04:45 AM

    In public transport some women lean against us ..and we the males are sexually harassed

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