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Rape As War Weapon

Tamil women stand testimony to rape in asylum cases

| by Pearl Thevanayagam

(August 19, 2014, Bradford UK, Sri Lanka Guardian) It was in 2011 I wrote this article and in the light of the UNHRC probe I am compelled to reproduce it here. Rape as a war weapon is nothing new.

Japan used South Korean women in WW 11to appease its soldiers and it atoned for it many decades later when its victims turned 80 or more. The confession was much too late and the compensation was nowhere near satisfying the physical and psychological torture they underwent. 

A Town like Alice is a novel by Neville Shute turned into a film portraying these women’s desperate attempts to survive by selling their bodies to the soldiers in order to feed their infants documented in Australia. There were also British prisoners who sold their bodies to buy milk for their babies.

Read the article; 


(The writer has been a journalist for 25 years and worked in national newspapers as sub-editor, news reporter and news editor. She was Colombo Correspondent for Times of India and has contributed to Wall Street Journal where she was on work experience from The Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley, California. Currently residing in UK she is also co-founder of EJN (Exiled Journalists Network) UK in 2005 the membership of which is 200 from 40 countries. She can be reached at pearltheva@hotmail.com)


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