The Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) has appointed a committee to look into the recent incident in Avissawella involving two females being arrested by the Police on the grounds of their sexual orientation.
The Police are reported to have arrested the duo while at a bus stand on a tipoff of them being lesbians or in a lesbian relationship, received from three-wheel drivers nearby.
When queried about the status of the case involving the couple and what sort of legal representation they were presently receiving, President of the BASL, President's Counsel Geoffrey Alagaratnam said that he had yet to receive the report concerning the matter and would be able to comment about the matter today (25).
Meanwhile, the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) informed that they had done nothing yet pertaining to the matter.
Media Spokesman of the HRCSL, Human Rights Commissioner Saliya Peiris said that they had not received a complaint regarding the matter.
"We will have to look into the circumstances. We take certain major issues up on our own but elsewhere we have to receive a complaint," he added.
Police Media Spokesman, Assistant Superintendent of Police Ruwan Gunasekera said that one of the two females had been arrested on the offence of the abduction of an underage person, below the age of 16 years, without the permission of the parents.
"It is an offence under the Penal Code. They were not taken in under loitering. One female was 19-years-old while the other was 15 years and nine months. The underage female has started an affair with the older female. They were lesbians. Avissawella Police received information about them on 12 January after 11:00 p.m. and had subsequently arrested them.
When checking, it was revealed that both were residents of Meerigama. They were then handed over to the Meerigama Police who produced them before the Attanagalla Magistrate. They were granted bail. The underage girl has been given to the parents. The case will next be taken up on 2 February," he mentioned.