This article is based on discussions around cyber exploitation with students, parents and teachers in rural and urban Sri Lanka, grappling with the motivations for sharing naked pictures and videos. The list of search results found on Google. What makes a young girl stand naked in front of her mirror, point her smartphone at it, and take a picture? What makes a young man, who receives this picture, share it with his friends on WhatsApp, perhaps even sell it to a website that specializes in girlfriend pornography? Since May , when a group of 70 girls from different schools in Colombo approached us at the Grassrooted Trust about being blackmailed because of naked pictures and videos they had shared with their boyfriends, our engagement with cyber exploitation and violence has been characterized by three surprises.
Sri Lanka Army Admits Torture of Women Recruits — Naharnet
One of them is a work colleague who helped me pick out a shirt for a wedding the other day. She could barely make it across the road to Liberty Plaza without two men following her. A woman is raped every 90 minutes? Sri Lanka, if not a rape-ey culture, a very unsafe environment for women in general. To test this, a friend and I walked for about a kilometer along Thimbirigasyaya. Then we backtracked, with her walking about 50 meters ahead and me following, and I watched. It is the look you would give when you could either eat someone or kill them, and not necessarily in that order.
After a month of catcalls and groping, Hannah Tennant-Moore wonders what she's doing alone with a masseur Boys have no problem. Because if boys see us, they try to grab us.
Tweet Sri Lanka's military admitted on Saturday soldiers had abused and tortured female recruits, a rare admission of guilt after years of allegations over its personnel's treatment of Tamil rebels during an uprising. A military spokesman said it accepted the authenticity of a video leaked on a dissident website that appeared to show soldiers torturing women soldiers, adding instructors had overstepped their authority for an undisclosed act of violating "military discipline". The fuzzy footage showed women recruits being subjected to cruel and degrading treatment and sustained beatings by men in uniform. The spokesman said the incident had taken place in October in the north-central district of Anuradhapura, further south of the war zone where fighting ended in May with the defeat of Tamil Tiger rebels. It is the first time the military has accepted a leaked video showing torture as authentic, previously rejecting as fabrications several others allegedly showing executions of surrendered Tamil rebels and sexual abuse of female detainees.