Sri Lanka police investigate attack on teenage girls for watching pornography

Colombo, June 29: Sri Lankan police are reportedly investigating an assault on two girls for allegedly watching pornography in eastern Sri Lanka last week.

A group of men had allegedly beaten up the 17-year-olds after they came out of an internet cafe in the Muslim dominated town of Kattankudi, near Batticaloa, the BBC reports.

The case raised concern about the rise of radical Islam in that area.

The father of one of the girls said they were accused of watching pornography, which the girls vehemently denied.

My child has physically recovered from injuries. But she is mentally shattered," he said.

He also alleged that they were forcefully taken to a local house and beaten up, before taking them to a local Islamic office.

"After that, an announcement was made from a mosque using loudspeakers that two girls who were caught doing wrongful things are now in the office complex," the father said, adding that a large crowd gathered there and some started to denounce the girls following the announcement.

He claimed that the police finally intervened and took the girls to hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, local mosque authorities denied making any announcement, saying the girls were kept in the office and "interrogated", but were not ill-treated.

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