Exhumed remains sent to Peradeniya
By Eunice Ruth
The second post-mortem on the 16-year-old girl, who died while working as a domestic aide at SJB MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s residence, was to be conducted on 31 July at the Peradeniya Teaching Hospital, said Police Spokesman SDIG Ajith Rohana.
According to the order which was issued by the Nuwara Eliya Magistrate’s Court, the post-mortem was to be conducted to ensure the details of the first post-mortem, including the external wounds, signs of cruelties, and abuses were accurate.
According to the first post-mortem, it was revealed that the deceased was abused for a long time.
The post mortem was conducted by a three-member specialist medical team.
The team, comprising Prof. Jean Perera, (Professor of Forensic Medicine, Medical Faculty, University of Colombo), Dr. Sameera Gunawardena (Senior Lecturer, Head of the Forensic Medicine Department, University of Colombo), and Dr. Prabath Senasinghe (Consultant Judicial Medical Officer, Teaching Hospital Peradeniya), was appointed on the recommendations of the Director General of Health Services, Dr. Asela Gunawardena, and Attorney General Sanjay Rajaratnam.
During investigations into the case, 36 statements were recorded and it was found that from 2011 ten maids were employed at Bathiudeen’s house and with the 16-year-old girl the total came to 11 domestic workers.
Meanwhile, as of 29 July, 80 places in the Colombo District were inspected with regards to employing minors and these inspections will continue. It will not only be homes that are inspected but in any place of employment to identify minors or underage employees.
As yet these search operations have only been conducted in the Colombo District. However the authorities are expected to widen the inspections to cover other districts soon. In addition parents, guardians and other custodians who force or send children for domestic work will face punishment, SDIG Ajith Rohana said.