163601759 731334974229961 7955710971590836982 nThe Ratnapura District Child Development Committee was held on 25.03.2021 at the District Secretariat Auditorium with the patronage of Mrs. Malani Lokupothagama, the District Secretary Ratnapura.

Addressing the Child Development Committee, Chief Inspector, M.G. Pushpalatha , OIC of Child and Women Bureau of Ratnapura Division (Included 17 Police Stations) presented a comparative clarification on grave crimes against children and women reported to police stations in 2019 and 2020.

Considering the cases of grave crimes reported to the police stations in Ratnapura Division, 2 murders, 2 attempted murders, 77 rapes, 4 crimes connected with incest (incest means Sexual activity between two people who are very closely related in a family), 45 grave sexual abuses, 39 abductions (to take a child away illegally), 03 kidnaps, 2 cases regarding inhumane treatment, and 01 incident of causing grave injury are among the cases. Accordingly, the number of grave crimes reported was 175.

In 2020, considering the grave crimes against children reported to the police stations in the Division, 03 murder cases, 01 attempted murder case, 68 rape cases, 05 incest related cases, 40 grave sexual abuses, 34 abductions, 03 inhumane treatments, 03 cases of causing grave injuries were reported. Accordingly 159 child duress cases have been reported in 2020.

In the same way considering the grave crimes against women reported to the police stations in 2019, the total number of cases were 53 and 10 murders, 13 rapes, 01 case regarding incest, 23 cases causing grave injuries, 06 abductions were among them.

In 2020, 29 cases including 05 murders, 02 attempted murders, 12 rapes, 01 grave sexual abuse, 07 cases of grave injuries, 02 incidents of procuring (Procure is to provide a prostitute for money) were reported.

She further presented statistics on minor crimes against children reported to the police stations in 2019,viz. 69 cases of sexual abuses, 26 cases of assault and causing injuries recording the total as 95 cases

Similarly, in 2020, the total number of minor crimes against children reported was 84 and among them 74 were sexual abuse cases while 09 cases of assault and causing injuries, 01 criminal intimidation case are the others

She further pointed out that crimes against children were mostly reported from Ratnapura, Nivithigala, Kalawana, Kuruwita, Balangoda, Eheliyagoda, Pinnawala, Ayagama, Kiriella, Siripagama and Pelmadulla police areas.

In the same way, crimes against women were mostly reported from Ratnapura, Nivithigala, Kalawana, Kiriella, Balangoda, Kuruwita, Eheliyagoda, Pelmadulla and Weligepola police areas.

Accordingly crimes against both children and women were mostly reported from Ratnapura, Nivithigala, Kalawana, Kiriella, Kuruwita, Eheliyagoda, Pelmadulla and Balangoda .

Ms. G.D.L. Udayakumari, Additional District Secretary, the Divisional Secretaries in the district, the Child Rights Promotion Officer and other Public and non- governmental organization officers were present the event.