Apr 10, Colombo: Chief Government Whip Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told Sri Lanka parliament that children have been recorded as the most victimized where sexual abuse and rape were concerned.
The Sri Lankan government says that a total of 3,859 cases of rape and sexual abuse have been reported in the country in 2012.
The number of child rapes had been the highest at 1,759 as opposed to rape of women which was recorded at 330.
Gunawardena has made this statement in repose to a question raised by JVP parliamentarian Sunil Handunnetti.
A total of 1,194 cases of child abuse had also been recorded in 2012 while 547 children and 29 women had been sexually harassed during the year.
Right activists say the actual numbers could be higher as some incidents go unreported due to fear of reprisal from the perpetrators and social stigma.