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14 July 2010 07:00 am - 64     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A manager of a tourist hotel in Talpe, Galle has been taken into custody for allegedly sexually abusing a 14 year girl who was on vacation in Sri Lanka. The victim, a British national, was on a visit to Sri Lanka with her parents and was staying at the hotel.


The Women and Children’s Bureau in Galle has initiated investigations after a complaint was made by her parents to the Colombo Tourist Police. The victim has been referred to the Karapitiya JMO for medical examinations.

  Comments - 64

  • Runing Tamil Wednesday, 14 July 2010 12:45 PM

    I guess the girl is not a Tamil. Had she been a Tamil from the UK, the story might have been twisted. So sad Sri Lanka.

    JAMES Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:08 AM

    shame shame shame on you
    molesting underage girl
    this fellow should get life imprisonment or be hanged

    dave Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:16 AM

    Should be hung after careful investigation.

    Podi Guru Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:28 AM

    Saudi girls CANNOT walk alone on a street, day or night. Citing that part of the world is no help to the situation here!

    Citizen Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:41 AM

    Ban the internet

    Roshan Wednesday, 14 July 2010 09:52 AM

    Government and the Police are more worried about the political prisoner, nobody care for increased rape and murders.

    jeeves Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:01 AM

    so much frustration in sri lanka!! these things will stop if porn and red light districts are legalised in SL...its that need to go on about governments being bad and saudi laws being implimented.

    Vijayakumar Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:08 AM

    It is such sad news to read, I would blame the parents for taking the child to Sri Lanka for holiday.

    hejey Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:23 AM

    Agree with Gayan
    One case out of 500K tourists. These kind of incidents are common in many other countries, some times ago there was a case in Goa, India, the victim was murdered. Later found the victim was a drug addict and was out in her room drinking even after mid-night inviting trouble. Murderers were identified, Due to political involvement, case delayed and delayed...
    But in this case in Galle, I think that our legal system will take necessary step as the culprit is in custody.

    RajasH Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:34 AM

    I blame them for choosing Sri Lanka as their holiday destination

    ND Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:37 AM

    tamils and sinhalese, or muslims and burghers are all capable of rape. What is your point? Dont drag race into everything.

    ND Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:39 AM

    No need of Saudi laws. We have a good enough system. What ever the system, that does not prevent bad people doing bad things. System is just a deterrent to a degree.

    ND Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:41 AM

    I am not from the south, but its only people from the south who are this way? No one in colombo? No one from elsewhere? Dont be prejudiced.
    I know well educated professionals in the city who cannot complete a sentence in English without a swear word.

    Lionking Wednesday, 14 July 2010 10:58 AM

    Blame this on the western culture. Is this Asia's Miracle?

    daywalker2563 Wednesday, 14 July 2010 11:06 AM

    how can someone rape a 14 year old girl? it's inhuman...

    Wasantha Wednesday, 14 July 2010 11:12 AM

    Disgraceful. It is a regret to hear a Manager of a hotel raping a 14 year teenage girl, who visited as a guest. We have heard a number of sexsual haraasment complaints from guests but this is the worst ever heard. A big blow to our tourism industry. The victims position cannot be rectified at any cost. Be a detterent maximun punishment should be imposed.

    Naren Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:57 AM

    Taking the much hyped 'sri lankan hospitality' a bit too far i imagine?

    Upali Wednesday, 14 July 2010 12:49 PM

    I don't understand why anyone would want to visit this crazy country.
    I hope this will be a good warning for anyone thinking of visiting Sri Lanka.

    citizen1 Wednesday, 14 July 2010 12:56 PM

    'Do as I say but not as I do' kind of laws have turned this place into a nut-house.

    Saradiel Wednesday, 14 July 2010 01:17 PM

    what happens to the voter base then? Best policy is to keep the public, ignorant

    abran Wednesday, 14 July 2010 01:59 PM

    I agree with Marikkar start a redlight street. Allow people to enjoy freely. Stop illrgal activities.

    Mahesh Wednesday, 14 July 2010 02:03 PM

    Yes. Lets fight inhumanity with more inhumanity. Take your brain out of that ditch.

    Jeevantha Wednesday, 14 July 2010 02:08 PM

    Land like no other, remember? Who will come to Sri Lanka after this? Only child-molesting, women-molesting ARABS will come to Sri Lanka Arab Paradise Island.

    UJ Wednesday, 14 July 2010 02:12 PM

    Well done dude, you made us proud! The way to go to promote tourism in sri lanka!

    Kirthi hewamanne Wednesday, 14 July 2010 02:27 PM

    We have been going backward since 1956 in every aspect.

    Nothing more to say

    Ramesh Wednesday, 14 July 2010 02:28 PM

    Can we impose death sentence for the rape/murder convicts to put an end to these ?

    kalumnsu Wednesday, 14 July 2010 06:43 PM

    Shame on Sri Lanka!

    nizam Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:01 PM

    'Chinthanaya' : moving our country towards the 'stone age'!

    BandaraKumara Thursday, 15 July 2010 05:19 AM

    The government should give a maximum punishment to that idiot who raped the minor.

    sandman Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:15 AM

    While condemning this barbaric act by the Manager, Western visitors to our country should have the knowledge about our way of life, our culture and heritage. Some tourists behave and wear very inappropriately without realizing the temptation that they are offering to onlookers, this is one of the reasons and tourists should be made aware of these things. I once again condemn this act by the Manager which has brought the whole country to shame.

    Dhammika Heenpella Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:17 AM

    As a country which is trying to get out of this economic mess with some help from the tourism industry this news sounds very unfortunate. Bad impact on "Visit Sri Lanka 2011" project. Hope the culprit would get maximum punishment if found guilty so that it would be a lesson for others.

    kanis Thursday, 15 July 2010 06:26 AM

    Does ethniccity matter? Sinhala or Tamil, crime is crime

    Abdul Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:13 AM

    What's happening to the paradise island? The so called manager has let his country and countrymen down. We are supposed to be the nice people.

    gnapala Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:47 AM

    Sympathy to the victim.
    BBC will take care and tourism will be impacted too.

    Marikar Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:48 AM

    Whats happening to our SriLankans?
    Are these men so frustrated?
    I think its time to have a 'RED LIGHT DISTRICT' in SriLanka, for these frustrated men.

    Nivantha Fernando Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:48 AM

    What a shame.....This is really bad situation....

    Indika Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:50 AM

    This will have huge impact on tourism. Give the maximum punishment to this idiot.

    Ganga772 Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:51 AM

    Pathetic situation as far as the industry is concerned

    Podi Guru Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:53 AM

    Bugger, I think you need to come up with a new name!

    Alipola Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:53 AM

    Is this manager tamil or sinhalese?

    malli Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:53 AM

    The wonder of asia !! Kidnap, Rape, Ransom. Murder, drugs.....anything goes - if the roots of a tree are spoilt...the rest of the tree can not be good....if the people who govern the country are corrupt, the rest of the country would be the same

    Hash Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:55 AM

    Do the Saudhi Laws seem justifiable now ?. Better implement them here to stop such inhuman activities and to setup a Disciplined society.

    spark Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:58 AM

    This is not surprising. We see many of the men who come from deep villegers, specially from the south gaping at the women in Colombo. Many cannot finish a sentence in sinhla without a swear word inbetween.

    Gamini Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:59 AM

    So much for Sri Lanka being Paradise. Who is kidding who ??

    Concerned Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:06 AM

    Give him the highest ever punishment, even it exceeds the limits of the law books. Our apologies to the parents of the child who have been hurt to much.

    Ratnasiri Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:10 AM

    Is this the first incident that happend? Our costal line beaches and Hotels are full of these kind of activites , child prostitution, Beach boys etc.. Even a few days back there was a smilar incident about raping a kid by a 60 year old. Where are we going?

    RIYADH Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:10 AM

    why should we ask about ethnic??? is this a matter when a child is raped??

    Hettiarachi Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:12 AM

    I agree with Hash. why don't we implement Saudi rules.where a teenage girl alone can even walk on the street in the middle of the night without any contrast in our country our people don't even allow a foreigner who stays in the Hotel. Really bad name for our country.

    bugger Wednesday, 14 July 2010 07:43 AM

    What's happening to us?

    Andare Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:13 AM

    These kind of men are psychologically effected. Starting from his parents, School religious leaders within a given religion should take responsibility for this incident.

    nishV Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:20 AM

    the government should take serious action about this matter and give the maximum punishment for sick (animals) of this nature. just cos of one, the whole country will get a bad reputation.

    Shivanka David Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:22 AM

    from this incident no one will like to come or visit sri lanka what a shame!!, give the maximum punishment to this fellow so that everyone else may learn a nice lesson.

    Tm Abay Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:22 AM

    Boost on tourism. No wonder we're Asia's Miracle

    mick Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:23 AM

    where are we heading towards.

    roshan raz Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:24 AM

    sri lanka is a pradise "for criminals". because this is the only country where any murderers or rapist could live a peaceful life. no life imprisonment, no death penalty, sometimes no charges even....

    simon Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:27 AM

    much needed boost for tourism and reputation of the country.

    hotchoc56 Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:30 AM

    One of the reasons for this is the short-sightedness of SOME of our less-enlightened religious and political extremists, who campaign for lovers being caught in public, nudity on screen to be banned, kissing to be banned on screen and in public, pornography (underage porn certainly is abhorrent!) etc.
    It is only in this country that not a day goes by without a rape being reported. How many go unreported is a mystery. Why? Because there's no sexual freedom. The repression is what creates these beasts!

    Sanath R Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:36 AM

    BBC will go to town with this. It is sad to note these happenings at a time where the leisure & tourism industry is poised for a better future in the aftermath of terrorism.

    rodney Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:37 AM

    foreigners will say,Sri Lanka is an " island of Idiots".

    how can you develop the country with these kinds of people.

    before developing the country we should develop the behaviour and attitude of the sri lankan people.

    Gayan Samarasekara Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:37 AM

    If you sneeze the government has to be blamed.. These things can happen in any part of the world. What government has to do is that it should take all the possible actions to eradicate such things. At the moment, we should target the tourism industry, as it plays a serious role in our economy. -- "Stop it Immediately" --Later it could be addressed widely.

    kandy kolla Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:38 AM

    exactly. we should have a more liberal society. we are not the taliban to ban porn. porn is bad but try googling 'sexual frustration' watching porn reduces sexual frustration. i don't know much truth there is in that study, but most of the experts advice the same. please see things in a broader prospective and have open mind to all situations.

    RajasH Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:45 AM

    soon after the war ended New York Times travel guide nominated Sri Lanka as the top travel destination for 2010. We need only a couple of rapes incidents like this by peadophiles on western tourists to destroy the image.

    steve Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:51 AM

    Rather than building harbors and air-ports educate the gullible down-south people.

    Cat Wednesday, 14 July 2010 08:53 AM

    This man is a small sprat. What about a politician with a muscle power who raped several girls?

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