Rape and sexual crimes crimes against women during this last phase of the war are thought to be more than that of any other period. However the evidence, to a large degree is masked by the fact that women and girls who are raped are killed and their bodies disposed of – so direct evidence is difficult to find. There is evidence that the thousands of women cadres of the LTTE that have been captured are regularly raped and that the armed forces see this as normal. Here below is a list of individual cases in the past that have broken through the silence on this issue:
Krishanti Kumaraswamy, 19-year-old student (Jaffna district), raped and murdered in 7 August 1996 by 6 Sri Lankan Army soldiers.
Arumaithurai Tharmaletchumi, 17-year-old (Trincomalee district), raped and murdered in February 11, 1996 by Sri Lankan army soldiers.
Farheen Ida Carmelitta Laila Figerardo, 19-year-old (Mannar district), gang raped and killed 12 July 1999 by Sri Lankan army soldiers
Tharsini Ilayathamby, 20-year-old (Jaffna district), raped and Killed December 16, 2005 - by Sri Lankan navy sailors.
Mary Madeleine, 27-year-old (Mannar district), raped and killed in June 8, 2006, by Sri Lankan soldiers. Her husband, daughter and son were also tortured and killed in the same incident.
Koneswary Murugesapillai, (Kalmunai district), raped and killed on 17 May 1997 by policemen in Central Camp police in the Kalmunai.
Premini Thanuskodi, 25 years old (Batticaloa district), Chief Accountant for TRO and University Student, kidnapped near Welikanda army check point with her other TRO co-workers on June 30, 2006 and was later raped and murdered by Army soldiers and Karuna Amman’s paramilitary group.
Sarathambal Saravanbavananthatkurukal, 29 years old (Jaffna district), was gang raped and killed on 28 December 1999 by Sri Lankan navy sailors.
Thambipillai Thanalakshmi, 43 years old (Jaffna district), raped on July 7, 2001. Amnesty International claimed that Sri Lankan army soldiers were responsible.
Wijikala Nanthan, 24 years old, Sivamani Sinnathamby Weerakon, 22 years old, arrested with Sivamani’s husband and son by Sri Lankan navy sailors in Mannar on 19 March 2001, all of them were stripped and tortured. Both women were raped by the sailors.
Following the relevant provisions of the Rome Statute on rape and sexual abuse:
Article 7 - Crimes against humanity
(g) Rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, enforced sterilization, or any other form of sexual violence of comparable gravity;
(k) Other inhumane acts of a similar character intentionally causing great suffering, or serious injury to body or to mental or physical health.
Article 8 - War Crimes
2.(c) (i) Violence to life and person, in particular murder of all kinds, mutilation, cruel treatment and torture;
(ii) Committing outrages upon personal dignity, in particular humiliating and degrading treatment;
2.(e) (vi) Committing rape, sexual slavery, enforced prostitution, forced pregnancy, as defined in article 7, paragraph 2 (f), enforced sterilization, and any other form of sexual violence also constituting a serious violation of article 3 common to the four Geneva Conventions;