The woman who was assaulted by a police officer in the Ratnapura town recently, claims that the suspect had carried out the brutal attack due to her refusing his indecent proposal.
Speaking to Ada Derana in an exclusive interview, the victim, a resident of Kanadola in Ratnapura, said that the Police Sergeant had asked her come with him to an inappropriate location on several occasions and that when she had refused for the third time or so he plotted to extract revenge from her.
She said that the police officer had instructed a woman named ‘Ganga’ to start an argument with her. During the argument, Ganga had allegedly called out to the police officer and asked him to hit the victim.
He immediately came there and assaulted me with a wire while spouting filth at me and then kicked me while I was on the ground, the woman said.
Police Sergeant, P.P. Thissera, who was caught on camera assaulting the woman was interdicted by the police department today.
The video of the incident, captured by a witness using a mobile phone, had gone viral on social media websites recently, prompting criticism on the Sri Lankan police department.
The video shows the police officer verbally abusing and repeatedly assaulting a woman with a baton-like object on the streets in broad daylight.
She stated that the incident took place around 8 days back near the Ratnapura bus stand and that she had visited the police station to lodge a complaint.
However, I turned back because the HQI was absent and did not think of pursuing further action, she said.
Police spokesman SSP Ajith Rohana, when contacted by Ada Derana, stated that further investigations are being carried out regarding the incident and that a special police team has been assigned to track down the victim, who is no longer in the area.
He stated that the police intend to find the woman in order to record a statement. The spokesman said that they have already started obtaining statements from eye witnesses.