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Teenage boy in Sri Lanka stabbed to death over TikTok video

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Police is investigating the killing of a 17-year-old boy in Sri Lanka in the island’s capital purportedly over a TikTok video.

The victim was attacked Monday (03) on Madampitiya Lane in Grandpass, Colombo, by a group of six boys, one of whom had stabbed him to death, police said.

The attackers have yet to be identified.

According to the police media division, the teenager and two of his friends had been on their way to his aunt’s apartment in Randiya Uyana when the six boys approached them: three in school uniform and three in casual wear.

The group had allegedly abused the boy, both verbally and physically. The boy had remove his belt and started to lash out in retaliation when one of the boys in casual stabbed him in the abdomen with a knife. The group had then fled the scene, police said.

The victim’s two friends had then rushed him to the Colombo National Hospital by where he succumbed to his injuries.

The TikTok account owned by the deceased, centred around pictures of himself, has over 2,000 followers and more than 17,000 likes. The last three videos uploaded on the page featured photos of an unidentified girl to a soundtrack of breakup songs and voice clips. His last two videos, also featuring the same girl, were uploaded the day prior to the incident.

Sri Lanka’s DailyMirror, a privately owned English daily, reported that the victim’s mother is uncertain over the true circumstances of her son’s death: whether it was in fact over a TikTok video or a possible romantic relationship.

Investigations are under way, police said. (Colombo/Jan04/2022)

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Sri Lanka’s sex workers face false charges: Women’s collective

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s sex workers have faced fundamental rights violations including unlawful detention and cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment, a representative of the Abhimani Women’s Collective said at a conference yesterday (26).

“Following their arrest, sex workers frequently experience the infringement of their fundamental rights, including the right to fair treatment, due process and protection from cruel and inhumane treatment,” said a report by the Abhimani Women’s Collective.

Soliciting on the street is currently illegal under section 7 1 (a) of the Vagrants Ordinance which criminalizes ‘any person in and about any public place soliciting any person for the commission of any act or of illicit sexual intercourse or indecency.

This provision along with section 2 of the Brothel’s Ordinance, which criminalizes the aiding and abetting of the management of a brothel, has been used to arrest sex workers in the country.

However, many sex workers claim that they have been presented before court on false charges of drug possession and have been subjected to harassment by both Police and customers.

“When inquiries are made over our arrest, the police say that we have been charged with drug possession,” Sakuni Mayadunna, a sex worker, said.

“Prostitution is not legal in Sri Lanka, so therefore, sex workers will face problems,” Chief of Police in charge of the Child and Women Abuse Prevention, Renuka Jayasundara, said.

“However, every citizen has fundamental rights in this country. We have not authorized the Police to carry out actions such as hitting detainees or not providing a female officer. If those actions happen, a complaint must be filed.”

Attorney-at-Law for the legal aid commission, Ganga Somarathna, said that the legal aid commission provides legal support for such victims whose income is below 45,000 rupees and also for women and children. (Colombo/Sep27/2023)

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Sri Lanka to introduce social security system: minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Labour minister has said that they are set to introduce a comprehensive national social security system, covering all workers.

“The system will address the weaknesses of the current system and provide much-needed support to workers and their families,” Manusha Nanayakkara, Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment said on X (formerly known as Twitter).
He did not specify the details.

Nanayakkara also spoke of the need for robust social security when he met with exporters last week to discuss labor law reforms, boosting female workforce participation and attracting FDI.

Sri Lanka plans to reform labour laws for an export-oriented economy.

The pandemic and the economic crisis highlighted the need to improve the coverage of social security.

Studies have shown that Sri Lanka’s women are kept out of formal employment by childcare, elderly care and housework, as day care and elderly homes are either too expensive or too few.

The government imposed a Social Security Contribution Levy to increase its revenue last year. (Colombo/Sep27/2023)

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Sri Lanka’s stocks up in trading on Wednesday morning

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka shares were picking up in trading on Wednesday morning.

Turnover was at 50 million. Trading in the Capital Goods Industry Group was driving turnover.

The All Share Price Index was up 0.37 percent or 41.78 points to 11,289.94, while the S&P SL20 was also up 0.68 percent or 21.66 points to 3,187.65.

Hatton National Bank, Commercial Bank and LOLC saw gains in morning trade, while Tokyo cement and Lanka Hospitals were trading down during morning trading. (Colombo/Sep27/2023)

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