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Sri Lankan minister exposes torture of children in police custody

Sri Lanka’s Wildlife Minister Field Marshal Sarath Fonseka has accused the state’s police forces of torturing children arrested for criminal offences.

Speaking to journalists today, the Sri Lankan minister said: ‘Even yesterday, a child from my area had been taken by the police and [they] had put chili powder in the child’s eyes. His head had been covered with a polythene bag before beating him after hanging him.’

This is the first time a Sri Lankan government minister has accused the police of torturing children in custody.