|Brutal rape rattles village in
One of the
suspects is a 15-year-old boy
Samarasinghe and Ishtartha Wellaboda in Kekirawa
The sun rose to brighten up another day in Kekirawa,
but it was a gloomy day for the residents of
Wedinigama, a village situated six miles away from
the Kekirawa town.
Wedinagama, a typical village hardly known to the
outside world, has now come into limelight, because
of a heinous crime committed on a deaf and dumb
middle-aged woman and her 10-year-old daughter about
a week ago.
According to Kekirawa Police, the woman and her
little daughter were sexually assaulted by two
persons who stormed their hut at predawn last
After reaching Kekirawa town, we decided to call at
the Kekirawa Police Station to get the Police
version of the crime before proceeding to the
village itself. The Police officer whom we met there
was very co-operative and readily gave us whatever
information we asked for.
The woman and her 10-year-old daughter, victims of
the sexual attack, hail from a four-member family at
Wedinagama. The other two members of this family are
the victim-woman’s husband and her three-year-old
son. Parents are deaf and dumb by birth. But the two
children are not handicapped by this disability.
They can hear and speak well.
“They are a poor family at Wedinigama,” the
Police officer said.
We were shocked to hear what he presently disclosed.
“We have already arrested one of the two suspects.
He is a 15-year-old boy,” said the Police officer.
“The main suspect has been identified as Kumara, a
well-known thug in that area,” said the Police
officer. According to him, Kumara had persuaded the
boy to become an accessory to the crime.
“Kumara had first raped the mother and later the
girl after posting the 15-year-old at the door to
look out. Later, he encouraged and assisted the boy
to rape the mother,” said the Police officer.
According to a villager, there are 360 families in
the village and most of the residents are farmers.
We, on our long trek to the village, had to walk
through paddy fields, streams and negotiate
‘edandas’– pole crossings over waterways. Later, we
came upon the daub and wattle hut where the family
lived when the tragedy struck them.
However, the family had abandoned their home.
There was hardly anything inside the hut except a
When we were walking back along a footpath, we met a
woman who described herself as a relative of the
It transpired during the conversation we had with
her, the family of the victims did not have a
cordial relationship with the neighbours.
“We have been helping this family a lot. The
husband of the woman victim is a hard-working farmer
and is doing odd jobs to supplement his meagre
income from farming,” she added.
“We, neighbours feel extremely sorry about what
happened, especially about the 10-year-old girl.
There is no good environment in this area for
children to grow up. The two children are more
unfortunate than others, their parents being deaf
and dumb,” she said.
According to the relative, there had been a heavy
downpour with thunder and lightning on the night the
crime was committed. Thus, the screams of the
victims may have got drowned by the sound of the
rain. Therefore, neighbours may not have known what
had happened,” she said.
Next we met the husband of the woman victim.
He explained the gruesome scene using sign language
and a fellow villager translated.
“It was raining outside. When I heard some sound
coming from the back door, I opened it but there was
nothing I could see first. So, I flashed my torch
light outside. Then suddenly two persons set upon
me. They beat me up injuring my chest and my arm.
Next they tied me up and threw me on the bed and
went to my wife’s bed and took away my wife and
daughter,” he said with eyes filled with tears.
According to the husband, his assailants had faces
covered with bandanas. He explained that one of them
was tall and stocky and was wearing a sarong which
was folded up while the other was short and thin and
he was wearing a shirt and pants which were folded
The man numbed with shock could see what was
happening, but he was helpless.
“I was helpless. Though I screamed there was no one
to help me. There was nothing left for me to do
other than remain still and watch what was
happening. They tore away the clothes of my wife and
were behaving in an abnormal manner. Later they
carried my daughter away on their shoulder towards
the shrub jungle,” he said.
According to the Police, they are still looking for
the main suspect. The villagers said the main
suspect posed as a soldier on leave.
The mother and daughter are now receiving treatment
at the Anuradhapura Teaching Hospital.