Expedite probe into girl’s death - Protect Association | Daily News

Expedite probe into girl’s death - Protect Association

The Protect Association said that investigations into the death of 16-year-old girl who died of burns while employed as a domestic at MP Rishad Bathiudeen’s house should be expedited and stern punishment meted out to those responsible.

The Laxapana Regional Organiser of the Protect Association Thanuja Dilrukshi speaking at a media briefing in Hatton said that investigations into the cause of the girl’s death must be expedited. It is being revealed now that others working at the same house where the girl was employed had faced various types of harassment as well.

“Information is also coming to light that various strategies are being used to sweep this incident under the carpet. Therefore, this should be considered a special legal case and be heard soon, so that steps could be taken to bring the culprits to book without considering their status. Certain brokers are falsifying the ages of children from estates and taking them for domestic service to various places. As a result, we propose that if any house employs someone as a domestic, it should be made compulsory that a certificate is obtained from the Grama Niladhari of the area of their residence for this purpose, Dilrukshi said.

“The Minister of Labour has said that a new set of laws will be compiled for those engaged in domestic service, subsequent to her incident. It is a very good thing and our organisation thanks him for this. At the same time, we request that these laws be enacted speedily. Today, not only the estates but the entire country is waiting to see justice meted out regarding her death. Therefore, we once again request that this case be heard with priority and that the offenders be given the highest punishment. Hatton Region Organiser of the Protect Association A. Maithili and other members were present on this occasion.

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