One in every five Sri Lankan women are subjected to sexual harassment as per research findings, State Minister of Women and Child Affairs Geetha Kumarasinghe told Parliament today.
The State Minister therefore called for reforms to be set up to address this situation.
“There is no proper environment for the women who have been sexually harassed to lodge their complaints with the police. Everyone in the police gather around when a woman comes to a station to complain about harassment. It has been found that at least 13 women constables are needed in every police station to ensure confidentiality,” the State Minister said.
“A woman who was sexually harassed at the age of 15 came to meet me recently and wanted me to help to end her court case so that she can get married. This is the sorry situation with women in this country,” she added.
The State Minister confirmed that a cabinet paper has been submitted to ban women who have children under the age of two from going abroad for employment. (Yohan Perera)
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