Re-victimization of Rape Victims in Criminal Justice System in Sri Lanka: An Exploration

Muthukuda Arachchige Dona Shiroma Jeeva Shirajanie, Dr. Nirmal Kanti Chakrabarti and Dr. Arpita Mitra

During the last 25 years, changes have been made in criminal law in Sri Lanka to protect the society from crimes and criminals. Among those changes, amendments introduced to rape law to protect rape victims were the most significant. Victim protection law which was passed by the Parliament of Sri Lanka in 2015 has added some value to the existing rape law. Nevertheless, the victims of rape are re- victimized in criminal proceedings. Therefore, this paper intends to critically review the contemporary substantive rape law and procedural laws in that respect to see whether they are sufficient to minimze the re –victimization of rape victim in the criminal justice process. The paper is mainly based on secondary resources including, domestic penal statutes, international instruments, books, journal articles, web documents, decided cases etc. A brief statistical analysis of the offence of rape and observations and opinion of author based on interviews conducted with the relevant officials and rape victims are also included to achieve the objective of the study.

Volume 12 | 05-Special Issue

Pages: 1398-1405

DOI: 10.5373/JARDCS/V12SP5/20201899