Speaker accused of disregarding verbal sexual abuse of MP

By Ashanthi Warunasuriya

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena was today accused of disregarding an incident where a female Parliamentarian faced verbal sexual abuse inside the House.

Samagi Jana Balavegaya (SJB) Parliamentarian Rohini Wijeratne said that the incident had taken place during the no-confidence vote on Minister Udaya Gammanpila.

She said that opposition MP Thalatha Athukorala had faced verbal sexual abuse during the vote.

Wijeratne said that Athukorala faced abused in Parliament where there are only 12 female MPs.

She noted that Parliament is there to discuss issues faced by the public and not about illicit affairs.

Rohini Wijeratne expressed regret that the Speaker only smiled when the abuse took place.

Speaker Mahinda Yapa Abeywardena said that he will look into the incident. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. This country had first Female Prime Minister in the world. Those days were different. Only in South Asia the leadership has gone backward. What a sad news for humanity. Let’s hope COVID 19 will fix it.

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