According to the Sri Lankan official statistics, 21,458 children and women had been abused  or raped during the last four years, UNP parliamentarian Rosy Senanayake said  yesterday. Addressing a news conference in Colombo, she said that there was a rapid  deterioration in the law and order situation, but President Mahinda Rajapaksa,  who had made an election pledge to provide security for children and women, had  done nothing to stop the slide, she said, adding that that had been quoted as  saying he could not send the police into people’s homes. This year alone 1,700 child rape cases had been reported and the figure in  2011 was 1,619. Every day, around three to four girls were raped. During the  last one year 600 children had been raped in Jaffna, she said. Rosy said that the National Survey on Children had found that 26 percent of  children who should be in school were employed and of this number 52 percent  were from rural areas. Empowering females as well as protecting them was one of the main planks of  the platform on which Rajapaksa had won two successive elections. But, only 619  of perpetrators of sexual violence had been convicted since he assumed office,  Senanayake noted.    ]]>


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