Sri Lankan police are investigating an alleged assault on two girls accused of watching pornography in the east of the country last week. A group of men allegedly beat up the year-olds after they came out of an internet cafe in the mostly Muslim town of Kattankudi, near Batticaloa. The father of one of the girls says they were accused of watching pornography - a charge the girls deny. Mohammad Yusuf Abdul Razak told the BBC the men forcefully took his daughter and another girl to a local house and beat them up, before taking them to a local Islamic office. After hearing this announcement, Mr Razak says, a large crowd gathered there and some started to denounce the girls.
'Mrs Sri Lanka' beauty queen injured in on-stage bust-up
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The winner of a major Sri Lankan beauty prize has suffered head injuries after a brawl broke out on stage. Moments later, the winner seized Mrs De Silva's crown, claiming she could not be awarded the title because she was divorced. The prize has now been returned to Mrs De Silva, after pageant organisers confirmed she is not a divorcee. But the winner, Caroline Jurie, stripped Mrs De Silva of her crown, citing a pageant rule that competitors must be married and not divorced. She placed the crown on the runner-up, prompting a tearful Mrs De Silva to walk off stage, a video of the incident showed.
Sri Lanka to ban burqa, shut more than 1,000 Islamic schools
The draconian Prevention of Terrorism Act remains in effect, facilitating torture and other abuse. The government failed to initiate security sector or criminal justice reform. Human rights defenders and victims of past abuses are subjected to intimidation and surveillance.
We are definitely going to ban it. The minister said he signed documents outlawing the burqa, but they need to be approved by the cabinet of ministers and Parliament where the government has a two-thirds majority to see its bills through. Hope govt makes it very clear and educates the racists what exactly they are banning. Banning is one thing, educating the public another.