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* Is Sri Lanka media behind the escalation of mothers' attempts to kill children?
Wed, Mar 24, 2010, 08:37 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 24, Colombo: Wide media coverage in Sri Lanka of certain parents' crimes against their own children appears to have caused an increase in similar incidents.

Few days after the incident of a mother throwing her three-year-old toddler into the Kalu Ganga near the sacred Kalutara Buddhist shrine, a second mother in Ambalangoda has thrown her newborn into a river.

Police say that the woman, an expatriate housemaid returned from Dubai within six months of her contract had conceived the baby as a result of her sexual relationship with the driver of her employer. The father of the ill fated baby is a Bangladeshi, the woman confessed.

Meanwhile, a similar incident was prevented several days ago by the grandmother of a three-year-old toddler whose mother attempted to cut the throat of the child with a kitchen knife.

The grandmother took the female child to Bulathsinhala police and said that the mother of the child, her daughter, suffers from a fit of fury time to time and has attempted to kill the child several times vowing she too would commit suicide after that.

Police directed the arrested 29-year-old woman to a psychiatrist.

Swarnavahini, an independent TV channel in Sri Lanka aired a video of the Kalutara child floating in the river and his recue by a volunteer without proper life saving techniques.

The TV channel made the incident a 'hití through repeated broadcasting of the video and followed up with the progress until the death of the child 9 days later.

Sri Lankan public say the wide media publicity given to such incidences provides means for desperate mothers to find an easy way out.

Meanwhile, Sri Lanka's main opposition has used the Kalutara incident to blame the government.

Opposition leader Ranil Wickremasinghe addressing a rally yesterday said because the government has no solutions for their problems, mothers who are starving and unable to feed their children are throwing them into rivers.

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