The Rajanganaya Police took into custody a 40-year-old Navy deserter along with his 14-year-old son, for sexually molesting his 10-year-old younger daughter. The father had sexually molested the victim on numerous occasions since 2009, and had allowed his 14-year-old son to molest his sister writes Ceylon Today.
The two arrested suspects were produced before the Thambuththegama Acting Magistrate, Chandrasiri Rajapaksa, on Saturday and were remanded until 22 January.
The child who was subjected to severe sexual molestation was ordered to be placed under the care of the Avanthi Devi Children’s Home in Anuradhapura until 22 January, while the underage suspect had been ordered to be placed at the Abhaya Children’s Home in Anuradhapura by the Acting Magistrate.
According to the Rajanganaya Police, the suspect had been living with his first wife in Nattandiya, Marawila and had been in the habit of sexually molesting his daughter since 2009. Around 1 ½ years ago, the suspect had separated from his first wife and had together with his children gone to live in the Rajanganaya area. He had thereafter married his present wife, who had a child of her own and is also pregnant by the suspect. However, the police stated that they are conducting investigations to determine if the suspect’s second wife had known of the abuse and if she had approved of it.
Meanwhile, the 14-year-old suspect had told police his step-mother on numerous occasions had brought pornographic videos and allowed him to watch them. He had also confessed that while his step-mother was out of the home, he and his father used to sexually molest his little sister.
Following information received by the Rajanganaya Police, the OIC and a group of officers attached to the Women’s and Children’s Unit had brought the victim to the police station and attempted to get the child to make a statement, but she had initially refused. However, when the child was again brought to the police on 11 January and questioned again, she had admitted that she had been molested by her father and older brother on several instances.
The Magistrate ordered the police to subject the child to a medical examination at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital and obtain a medical report, and also conduct extensive investigations with regard to the incident.
Further investigations are being conducted by a team of officers attached to the Anuradhapura, Thambuththegama and Rajanganaya Police Stations.