TC Talks (Episode 03): Do We Need International Women’s Day?


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2 thoughts on “TC Talks (Episode 03): Do We Need International Women’s Day?

  1. It’s heartbreaking to see these empowered Tamil women who once fought state-sponsored rape culture with guns are now the victims of sexual abuse, sexual slavery, rape, forced pregnancy at the hands of sexual predator Sinhalese security forces.
    Narrating her experience of meeting higher officers at Palaali, another ex-cadre said that after tiring her by interrogation for three hours, she was given with cool drink. The drink fainted her and she awoke to find that she had been sexually assaulted. … “I feel like fighting again. If I get a gun I would kill a particular lot before losing my life,” swore another woman fighter who survived a suicide attempt after sexual assaults and harassments in the SL military camps.
    The Sinhala Government forces (military, police and CID) are notorious for using rape as a weapon of war. In fact it’s the main reason why so many Tamil girls and women joined the LTTE, in search of protection. In January 2000, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) issued an urgent appeal concerning the increased rape of Tamil women by the Sri Lankan Army: “The Sri Lankan security forces are using systematic rape and murder of Tamil women to subjugate the Tamil population… Impunity continues to reign as rape is used as a weapon of war in Sri Lanka.”
    In a statement to the UN in 1998, the World Organisation against Torture observed: “Sri Lankan soldiers have raped both women and young girls on a massive scale, and often with impunity, since reporting often leads to reprisals against the victims and their families.”
    “The consistent policy of rape and violence against Tamil women that we have documented for many years is a fundamental military tactic of the Sri Lankan forces,” International Educational Development, an NGO, also told the UN that year.

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