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Army says girls in video not Tamil

2014 Mar 24

The army says the female recruits seen in a video being harassed by male soldiers in 2002 are not Tamils as claimed by some media today.

A statement by the army issued yesterday had said that investigations found the video circulating on YouTube was authentic and those guilty will be punished.

In a new statement today, the army refuted reports which indicated that army investigations had found the soldiers guilty of harassing “Tamil” female recruits.

“It is reiterated here that there were no Tamil trainees in the batch of recruits that was trained at Anuradhapura in October 2012. In fact, the recruitment of Tamil Females into the Army had not taken place by then and no Tamil recruits were trained at Anuradhapura. The Sri Lanka Army does not tolerate any act by any individual or a group that violates the Army Act and Disciplinary Regulations irrespective of the ethnicity of victims or perpetrators,” army spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasooriya said today.

The army had said yesterday that following investigations on the video the Commander of the Army had ordered the authorities to follow up on the case and take strict disciplinary action against all those who had violated the military code of conduct.

The Commander had further reiterated that there would be zero tolerance for conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline throughout the Army.

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