“Give us our daughter back”

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Businessman Gamini Ranasinghe yesterday said that he has been denied access to his daughter Dinithi Aloka Ranasinghe since last year, and that his daughter was not abducted but taken away by the son of a powerful politician forcibly by falsely convincing her that she would be provided with assistance in higher education.
 
Speaking to Daily Mirror, Mr. Ranasinghe alleged Eksath Senaratne, the younger son of Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne for coaxing the girl to leave her parents’ house, specially convincing her to believe that she would be taken to UK to continue her higher studies after the completion of her Ordinary Level Examinations.

 

“We were aghast at what they were capable of, and finally after an inquiry conducted by the Children and Women’s Bureau, it was decided that she should be handed over to us since we were her rightful parents”

While affirming that the family of Rajitha Senaratne and Gamini Ranasinghe were very close family friends since 1986, Mr. Ranasinghe said that he had taken his wife and eldest daughter to the Minister’s house during New Year in 2003, after which the family had been keenly interested about the welfare of his daughter.
 
Accordingly, the girl had been taken away last year by Eksath in a vehicle belonging to the Ministry to which his father was attached while she was on her way home from school. Mr. Ranasinghe said that his daughter was deliberately manipulated by the relevant party to lodge a complaint with the Cinnamon Gardens Police station, stating that she had come with Eksath Senaratne willingly because she was tortured by her mother. Subsequently, he said that the girl has denied the allegations against her mother the very next day in the presence of everyone at the Police Station stating that her custodians at the time had compelled her to lodge a false complaint.
 
“We were aghast at what they were capable of, and finally after an inquiry conducted by the Children and Women’s Bureau, it was decided that she should be handed over to us since we were her rightful parents. We arranged her to stay at her grandmother’s house after this incident, as she could study for her exam undisturbed. Unfortunately, our daughter was again taken away by Eksath Senaratne on April 6 last year, while she was residing at her grandmother’s place. She was an underage girl at the time as she was sixteen years and three-and-a-half months old when the incident took place. As the Police media spokesperson indicated, if our daughter had gone willingly with Eksath Senaratne, such a decision should have been taken by her as an independent decision and not as an induced one” he said.
 
Following the second incident, Mr. Ranasinghe had been prompt in lodging a complaint both with the Cinnamon Gardens and Piliyandala Police stations. Police, although did not probe into the matter as yet. “Rajitha Senaratne who was a very good friend of mine said that he would look into the matter, although he has done nothing as yet to address the issue.
 
Finally, my daughter sat for the exams while she was staying at the Minister’s residence. Moreover, we, as parents, have now been denied access to visit our daughter. I finally saw her last year on World Children’s Day and she was brought near the security quarters, where I, including my wife were allowed to converse with her for a few moments. She told us that she was informed by her current custodians that she had been sold to Eksath Senaratne for twenty million rupees by us. However, the Minister’s eldest son Chathura Senaratne denied these accusations and assured us not to be alarmed. He said that our daughter would be sent home in the near future and asked us not to worry over what my daughter has confided to us, because it was a misinformation she had received. They are maintaining double standards because once he went a step further by threatening to do away with me and my wife, if we continue our demands to see her.
 
I received many invitations from different political parties to come up on stage and speak about this matter, but I don’t want to sell my daughter for political benefits. During the eve of the Presidential election, Minister Senaratne paid a visit to my residence on January 6 and promised that our child would return home requesting us to leave the matter until the presidential elections were over. Since then, despite the number of complaints I have lodged, nobody has given any consideration to our plea. We are helpless at this point, and in the name of humanity, we call upon the respective authorities to hold an inquiry into this matter and give us our daughter back. Our daughter is mentally traumatized and so is everyone in her family resulting from her absence. We have heard nothing of her since the last time we met her, and we are so worried as concerned parents” he added.
 
Several attempts to contact Eksath Senaratne regarding this issue proved futile, although in a previous statement to the Daily Mirror, Minister Rajitha Senaratne denied the allegations levelled against his son for abducting an underage girl. He said that the girl had come willingly due to issues she had to face at her home. He also said that he would take legal action against the parents for the false allegations they charged him with stating that these allegations were motivated as part of the mudslinging campaign against him.

 


 

 

“Why Should I degrade myself to such an extent?”

Following are the excerpts of what Health Minister Rajitha Senaratne said at a recent news conference about this issue.

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“In the statement the girl gave, she clearly states  that she is currently sixteen years and eleven months old. According to the law,  after the age of sixteen, anyone can take independent decisions. When one turns eighteen, he/she  can legally get married. I went there in 2013 with my parents for the New Year, and that was the first time that I saw the Senaratne  family she said. The so called family friends they claim to know, were seen by  this girl for the first time in 2013. This person is one of my patients and  so are his ex-wife and present wife. The girl has stated that during one  weekend she and Eksath were taken to Independence Square by her parents. She  said that Eksath’s father is not assisting her father in business-related  activities. These complaints were even made to Eksath by the girl’s father whenever  Eksath visited them. This is the main cause behind this entire episode.

 

“Why would I need to abduct the daughter of a man who calls me ‘Sir’? Should I degrade myself to such an extent? In the complaint she has lodged, she clearly states that her father’s business-related activities had caused undue harm to her educational activities”

 

Why would I need to abduct the daughter of a man who calls me ‘Sir’? Should I degrade myself to such an extent? In the complaint she has lodged, she clearly states that her father’s business-related activities had caused undue harm to her educational activities.

 

“The girl is left destitute and helpless because when she was residing at her grandmother’s place, her mother had called her and verbally abused her”

 
Once when she explained about her father’s business to me, I told her that one cannot work as such in the Government service. She understood me well. Moreover, in the complaint she lodged, stated that owing to the frequent disturbance caused to her educational activities, once she got into in a three- wheeler and went to see the elder brother of Ekasath. Finally, the first complaint was lodged from our side. The girl is left destitute and helpless because when she was residing at her grandmother’s place, her mother had called her and verbally abused her and that is why she left the place willingly. In her statement she further said that currently she is leading a happy life and expecting to pursue her higher studies. She has requested everyone to leave her alone and undisturbed” Minister Senaratne concluded.