- on 10/24/2013
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Around 5pm on 17 October 2013,within the Jaffna municipality, one of our friends (a male youth resident of Jaffna) came to our home (a few friends were gathered there) looking verydisturbed. We were surprised to see him again, as he was with us sinceafternoon and had just left a little while ago. After seating himself on achair, he spoke, “
A female dead body, without cloths, has been found near Naachimar Amma Kovil. I saw it. The sight of it made me sick. There were afew other people looking at it. Chiiiii (he sighed)”
. It took a good minute forall of us to comprehend and the first among us to speak. We began toquestion our friend who brought the news – “
has the police arrived? Is shetotally naked? Could it be rape and murder? Can you recognise her face”?
Indeed, he did not have clear answers. He kept repeating, “
I don’t think the police have arrived. Someone was calling the police”
. Anothermale friend asked, “
shall we go and make sure that the police arrive”
. Fiveof us (two women and three men), went to the location. The body wasfound because of the bad odour emanating from it, as it had starteddecomposing. Because of this, within an hour of it being found, there wereabout 100 people, mostly men and small boys, trying to view the woman’sdead body. All were intrigued to see the cloth-less female body – despite