Matale Police charges counsellor in child abuse case

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" In a strange turn of events, six months since the event, the Matale Police filed a case against Ms. Wells, charging her with coercing a child to give false statements"

A social worker and counsellor who came across an abused child and promptly handed her over to the police in August 2020, has been charged with coercing the child to give false statements. The Daily Mirror on September 10 reported this incident where Child Rights Advocate Ruvini Wells came across a child who had been repeatedly burnt and tortured by her mother. Following a discussion with the child and a witness who brought the child to Ms. Wells, she promptly escorted the child to the Wattegama Police Station where they were made to sit for hours only to be told that they were unable to investigate the case. 

12-year-old Nirmani (named changed to protect identity) was then sent to the Matale Police station where she was forced to reunite with her wicked mother. Despite various attempts to explain to the police officers involved, that the mother’s wicked approach had traumatized the child and that had led her to attempts of suicide, no action had been taken to present the child to a Judicial Medical Officer or to a counsellor. 

"If an unknown child is brought to me with burnt marks and the horrifying story she had to say, instead of handing her over to the Police, what else was I supposed to do? Should I have looked away? Cannot a citizen of this country raise his/her concerns to the Police being part of civil responsibility?"

At the time the Daily Mirror inquired from WCI Palipana of the Matale Police who said that Nirmani is now detained at a Juvenile Offenders’ Detention Centre, despite her being the victim of abuse. The mother of the child was arrested following visits by Ms. Wells to the SDIG Kandy, but was later released by the Matale Police. 
In a strange turn of events, six months since the event, the Matale Police filed a case against Ms. Wells, charging her with coercing a child to give false statements. 


Ms. Wells who possesses all recordings of the conversation she had had with the child when the child was brought to her, says the Matale Police has continuously harassed her for exposing their inaptitude. “This incident took place in July 2020. After six months, the Matale Police have completely twisted the entire story. It is a sad and disgraceful state of affairs,” Ms. Wells speaking to the Daily Mirror said. She has also been receiving strange phone calls inquiring into her residential location and other private details, in the continued harassment she has faced since reporting this incident. 

"The 12-year-old child’s mother had repeatedly assaulted her with a broom stick, inflicted wounds using a knife and even burnt her"

Ms. Wells has also been questioned about the organization she represents, implying that cases of child abuse could only be highlighted by an organization. “If an unknown child is brought to me with burnt marks and the horrifying story she had to say, instead of handing her over to the Police, what else was I supposed to do? Should I have looked away? Cannot a citizen of this country raise his/her concerns to the Police being part of civil responsibility?” Ms. Wells questioned. 


The 12-year-old child’s mother had repeatedly assaulted her with a broom stick, inflicted wounds using a knife and even burnt her, according to an audio recording of her discussions with the counsellors. However, the Matale Police have chosen to charge the counselor who was involved in the case. 
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  • Harrased Wednesday, 06 January 2021 09:11 AM

    Is this a belated reaction of Covid 19???

    We can’ go on with this corrupt police Wednesday, 06 January 2021 09:47 AM

    We can’t continue with the Police force created by British occupiers and handed over to us when they left. We need a fresh start , a new police force of educated and cultured men, and removing the two lowest ranks, Constable and Sergeant altogether.

    Brit Wednesday, 06 January 2021 08:35 PM

    Huh?

    E Fernando Thursday, 07 January 2021 01:38 PM

    We used to have an excellent police force of educated people. It is our Sri Lankan politicians who ruined it by promoting their goons. Now no decent person would think of joining the police force.

    BuffaloaCitizen Wednesday, 06 January 2021 10:34 AM

    Good people become terrorists because of people like this Police Station. Now you know why JVP

    K.L Pathirana Thursday, 07 January 2021 11:23 AM

    Social workers enter into their profession because they're kind people with compassion who wants to help the children. Those who enter the police force in Sri Lanka, is to make a quick buck and support illicit activities.

    Culprits Thursday, 07 January 2021 12:17 PM

    This is why everyone whom I know turn a blind eye to crimes they witness. I was told of this by a very senior and a prominent police officer who is now retired. I personally would never come forward to notify authorities of a crime nor testify, if I happen to witness one because of these kind of things that have repeatedly happened in history.

    Culprits Thursday, 07 January 2021 12:17 PM

    This is why everyone whom I know turn a blind eye to crimes they witness. I was told of this by a very senior and a prominent police officer who is now retired. I personally would never come forward to notify authorities of a crime nor testify, if I happen to witness one because of these kind of things that have repeatedly happened in history.

    Nethas Sunday, 10 January 2021 06:44 PM

    There are mother or guardians who do pharmaceutical medical human research on the secrerly adopted babies as their own kids for money from the human research institutes and pharmaceutical product researchng companies. Even the foreigners (Criminals) are here who claim them as scientist after applying colour dust to their bodies to show them as locals. I am wondering why police didnt have the division to look into the human research death torture and its related violance executed on our local babies by foreign criminals and their local associates. Even somtime back we heard about baby farms in moratuwa. These are well known in African regions and india. Those countries are being controlled by Research and development lead countries criminals.wondering about our leadership of the country on handling this criminal activities which is worser than terrorism and those infilitrated foreign criminals could be used highly destablise or paralise the nation like 1983 riots and yemen collapse


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