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* Increase in rapes involving Sri Lankan school teachers
Mon, Jan 28, 2013, 11:16 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 28, Colombo: The Education Ministry of Sri Lanka says that there has been an increase in the number of rape cases involving school teachers.

Deputy Education Minister Vijayamuni Zoysa has told a local media that teachers involved in such incidents will be suspended from service.

The Education Ministry will join with the Women's Affairs Ministry and National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) to formulate laws to deal with child rape, the Deputy Minister has said.

Zoysa has explained that when a compliant of child abuse or rape is received against a school teacher, the teacher has to be suspended and an inquiry should be held into the matter.

He has added that the Education Ministry gives priority to attend to such complaints.

Meanwhile, the main opposition United National Party (UNP) has decided to take up the issue of rape in Sri Lanka with overseas human rights groups.

A recent gang rape of a 47-year-old woman sparked anger in the country and local women's rights group staged protests in the Sri Lankan capital.

According to the women's activist group Lak Vanitha, about 1,400 rapes recorded each year in Sri Lanka.

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