“I am fully prepared to confront the Sri Lankan Ministry of Defence, which has leaked a news threatening to put me through their so-called military rehabilitation,” said Ananthi Sasitharan, the only woman candidate of the Northern Provincial Council (NPC), who also polled largest number of preferential votes next to the chief minister candidate of the NPC. Ms Ananthi Sasistharan was one of the public witnesses at the recent hearings by the Permanent Peoples Tribunal held in Bremen. She also met the US Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, who visited Jaffna recently and explained to him that what went on in Vanni in 2009 was a genocidal onslaught and that a programme of structural genocide was being stepped up against Eezham Tamils.
The SL Ministry of Defence (MoD) was considering to arrest Ms Ananthi Sasitharan and put her through a so-called rehabilitation programme, reported Shamindra Fedinando, a ‘journalist’ of The Island paper.
Ananthi wouldn’t have adopted such a hostile stance towards the SL government and its military had she undergone the rehabilitation, the paper said citing an unnamed ‘senior source’ of the SL MoD.
Responding, Ms Ananthi Sasitharan said that Colombo was trying to curb the struggle for missing persons. This struggle will continue despite the threats coming from Colombo and its military Establishment, she said.
46-year-old Ananthi Sasitharan is the wife of Ezhilan, the former Trincomalee Political Head of the LTTE and a mother of three girls. She personally witnessed Sri Lanka military taking away her husband at the end the Vanni War in May 2009.
The SL State is still refusing to reveal the fate of those who were filtered away from the civilians and taken into buses to undisclosed detention camps.