The Criminal Investigation Department is investigating a news report that a particular doctor had sterilized thousands of women against their will.
Police Spokesman SP Ruwan Gunesekara says the Acting IGP had referred this matter to the CID for investigation.
The report said the doctor is a Muslim and forcibly sterilized Sinhala Buddhist women.
The issue came up in Parliament today when Janatha Vimukthi Peramuna leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake called for an investigation.
“If this is true then it is a very serious matter,” Dissanayake said.
The JVP MP added that it is “very dangerous for the entire medical sector in the country when news as such begin to spread without clear evidence. The people will be scared and will begin to discriminate health workers based on their ethnicity.”
Police and Intelligence unaware
Speaker Karu Jayasuriya intervened at that stage.
He said that both the Police and intelligence forces were not aware of an incident in which a medical officer attached to banned National Tawheed Jamaa’t (NTJ) had performed these surgeries.
The Speaker: “ When I saw that news in the morning I immediately called the Police and State Intelligence authorities. They are not aware of such an incident. But understanding the seriousness of this news report, they told me that the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) would launch an immediate investigation on the matter.”
The Speaker: “But the Police and state intelligence do not know anything about it. This matter will be taken into the discussion during the National Security Council (NSC) meeting today (23) as well.”
Professor Hemantha Senanayake head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Colombo Medical College said the allegation is “implausible.”
He told RepublicNext that “there are three members in the surgical team and all of them know which procedure is being carried out.”