2nd lead (adds audio and photos)

LTTE denies UNICEF ‘child recruitment’ charge

[TamilNet, Friday, 14 January 2005, 10:46 GMT]
The grandmother of two children alleged by UNICEF to have been recruited and released by the Liberation Tigers rejected the accusation Friday, saying the youngsters were about to be taken into care by a orphanage as their mother was abroad and their father had abandoned the family and she (grandmother) was unable to look after them after being displaced by the Asian tsunami.

Real Audio Icon Excerpts from the statement by Mrs. Yogarani, children's aunt

Thusha with her Aunt Yogeswari.


Rajeswaran Nalini (Thusha), 12 and Rajeswaran Sharmila (Thanusha), 11, were being looked after by their grandmother, Periyathambi Sangupathi, 65, in Thirukkovil after the children’s father had abandoned the family and started a new life with another woman and their mother, Rajeswaran Thavamani, had gone abroad on employment.

Mrs. Periyathambi says she was unable to look after the children in the refugee camp at Gayathri village , after being displaced by the tsunamis of December 26.

Speaking to TamilNet Friday, Ms. Thamilini rejected accusations by UNICEF that the children were being recruited by the LTTE.

“We categorically deny the accusation we are recruiting underage persons,” Ms. Thamilini said.

“It is regrettable that UNICEF officials decided to speak to the press before clarifying the details of the matter properly,” Ms. Thamilini said.


Thusha Rajeswaran with her Grandmother Periyathambi Sangupathi

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.10.19 23:24  
SL Navy silently extends occupation of coastal lands at Kirimichchai in Batticaloa
20.10.19 23:58   Photo
Sinhala supporters of Gotabhaya encroach into pasturelands in Batticaloa
19.10.19 23:31  
Pentagon steps up maritime defence trade with India, UK seeks IOR opportunities
18.10.19 23:43   Photo
Monk backing Gotabhaya wants Tamil owners to stay away from their lands in interior Batticaloa
17.10.19 19:14   Photo
SL Police resorts to violence in grabbing lands of Tamil fishers in Batticaloa North
16.10.19 23:19   Photo
Chennai Connect and Eezham Tamils reminding Tamil Nadu to assert Tamil geopolitics
15.10.19 23:50  
Colombo destroys dairy-farming economy of Eezham Tamils in Batticaloa
14.10.19 23:48   Photo
Tamil parties in North-East stipulate ‘acid test’ terms to SL presidential candidates
13.10.19 22:15   Photo
SL Governor's latest land grab poses danger to archaeological traces of Eezham Tamils
12.10.19 22:23   Photo
Monks step up campaign against Muslims, want to carve out Sinhala colony in Ampaa'rai
11.10.19 22:07   Photo
Vote for Self-Determination, reject major candidates for more effective boycott
10.10.19 23:31   Photo
SL Police intensifies restrictions on Saiva devotees at disputed ‘chaitya’ hilltop in East
09.10.19 20:17  
Indian Coast Guard trespassed into waters off Jaffna, 18 fishers detained since 03 October
08.10.19 18:43  
Divisional Secretary, TNA MPs must act to release Chegnchoalai lands: civil activist
07.10.19 23:12   Photo
Heinous act by HRCSL: former orphans of Chegnchoalai on the brink of losing lands
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=13976