The accused railway ticket inspector The accused railway ticket inspector
May 10, 2018

Police delay recording a complaint of racist harassment (video) Featured

Jaffna police kept a woman and a journalist, both Tamils, waiting for seven hours when they had gone to complain about an alleged racist and sexual harassment incident in a train.

The accused in the incident is a railway ticket inspector in the Kankesanturai-bound train, identified as Jayanath Perera of Maligawatte.

He has allegedly harassed the woman, a British citizen, in the train, when the journalist, Udayarasa Salin of ‘Valampuri’ intervened. has posted a video of the incident in the internet.

Salin told fellow journalists outside the Jaffna police station on Tuesday (08) that they had gone to lodge the complaint around 11.00 am, but had to wait for four hours, as there were no Tamil police officers.

It was only after minister Mano Ganeshan was informed and he spoke to the DIG that an order came at 2.30 pm to record the complaint.

But, even then, the record book was missing.

Salin said that at the police station, the ticket inspector tried to attack him, but was taken away.

He said that during the incident in the train, he showed his media accreditation and tried to settle the incident, but that he was abused in filth.

According to him, this is the third racist complaint against this ticket inspector.

Produced before the Jaffna magistrate’s court, the accused pleaded not guilty and was released on a Rs. 100,000 bail.