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Sri Lankan police are investigating an assault on two girls apparently accused of watching pornography in the east of the country last week. A group of men allegedly beat up the 17-year-olds after they came out of an internet cafe in the town of Kattankudi, near Batticaloa.

The father of one of the girls says they were accused of watching pornography - a charge the girls deny.

Mohammad Yusuf Abdul Razak told the BBC the men forcefully took his daughter and another girl to a local house and beat them up, before taking them to a local Islamic office.

"After that, an announcement was made from a mosque using loudspeakers that two girls who were caught doing wrongful things are now in the office complex," Mr Razak said.

After hearing this announcement, Mr Razak says, a large crowd gathered there and some started to denounce the girls.

Police finally intervened and the girls were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries, he said.

Md Ibrahim Md Subir, from the local mosque authorities, denies that any announcement was made, saying the girls were kept in the office and "interrogated", but were treated respectfully.

But, he said, "a little later some youngsters barged in and a big crowd gathered".

He said the situation got out of control, so they called the police.

Sri Lankan police conducted an identification parade on Tuesday, where one female suspect was identified and later released on bail.

The police have said they are looking for others who are involved in the incident. (BBC)


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  • IQBAL Wednesday, 29 June 2011 07:54 AM

    I strongly condem this. it is a violation of human rights.

    Arjuna Rana Wednesday, 29 June 2011 08:00 AM

    Early signs of Sharia Low like in Saudi. Cults and religious extremists should be nipped at the bud stage or else we will have another issue in the east this time. Who the hell these so called youth think they are? Gota pls investigate and get rid of this fancy.

    Free_Women Wednesday, 29 June 2011 08:03 AM

    How come Girls get injured if they treated girls respectfully? Mosque authorities themselves accept they interrogated the girls. interrogation means "Ask Questions Aggressively" it does include physical harm to the suspects. Islamic Extremism. Need to put a Full Stop to the Extremism this is not middle east.

    rosh Wednesday, 29 June 2011 08:02 AM

    Seems somebody wants to have another Taliban kind of regiem here in SL too. These attempts must be uprooted ASAP.

    Brotherhood Wednesday, 29 June 2011 08:04 AM

    Yes its a free country....

    Gamachi Wednesday, 29 June 2011 08:09 AM

    We should never allow these muslim fundamentalists to operate in this Buddhist country. I heard over BBC Sinhala sevaya that, they are written streets names in Arabic in these Kattankudi area.

    ajith Wednesday, 29 June 2011 11:49 AM

    Beating women by men should be denounced and is a very primitive behavior.

    Leela Wednesday, 29 June 2011 02:53 PM

    That's just a mild punishment according to the shire law. The question is; do we want shire law or normal law to prevail in this country?

    citizen1 Wednesday, 29 June 2011 03:07 PM

    Fundamentalist whether islamic or buddhist or christian are just that. Fundamentalists!! Should not be tolerated under any religious heading.

    kasthuri Thursday, 30 June 2011 05:09 PM

    good punishment, SriLanka should respect all religious respect, Looking Pornography isd a bad for people


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