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Health Ministry sexual abuse cases handed over to police

2013 Aug 01


Moved aimed at preventing TU interference

By Don Asoka Wjewardena

The police would be called in to probe all allegations of sexual abuse against health workers, Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said. The ministry would not handle those investigations, he added.

Minister Sirisena said he had taken that decision to ward off trade union interference.

Addressing  a workshop on Gender-Based Violence, organised by the WHO and the Estate Human Development Fund held at Hotel Galadari on Sunday,

Minister Sirisena said trade unions always stepped in to protect culprits whenever a probe into an allegation of sexual abuse was conducted.

Minister Sirisena, however, said there wasn’t a single department or ministry where sexual offences had not been committed. He said he saw many high officials in departments and Ministries never did anything to eliminate sexual offences committed against women in their respective organisations.

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