The alleged raping of a Middle East job aspirant at the Bandaranaike International Airport by five persons, including two airport securitymen, sent shock waves throughout the country. It also revealed that the practice has been in operation for sometime.
The thinking appears to be that when rape takes place prior to women emplaning, they would rather opt to continue the journey as most of these women have incurred heavy expenses to obtain foreign employment. Most raped women at the airport continue their journey than return to fight for their dignity. But in this instance,the airport rapists had caught a tartar.
The airport rape victim has written to the IGP about the whole incident and called for an independent investigation. She has also called for adequate compensation.
Meanwhile, her case has been taken up by the Asian Human Rights Commission, who have, petitioned the Sri Lankan authorities to move in the matter forthwith. Or else, legal recourse will be resorted to.