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LTTE tortured Tamils towards end of war: UN

A desperate Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam had forcibly cut the hair of displaced Tamil girls to prevent them from fleeing as girls with short hair could be suspected of being Tiger cadres, a new UN report has said.

world Updated: May 24, 2010 01:14 IST
Sutirtho Patranobis

A desperate Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) had forcibly cut the hair of displaced Tamil girls to prevent them from fleeing as girls with short hair could be suspected of being Tiger cadres, a new UN report has said.

The report, which according to Daily Mirror online has been compiled by secretary general Ban-Ki moon's office, said that at least 199 children were killed and 146 were maimed between January 1, 2009 and May 19, 2009, adding that the actual number of casualties was likely to be higher.

"Interviews with internally displaced persons also indicated that during the months leading to the end of the conflict, there were reports of rape during fight and of sexual harassment, especially towards former female LTTE cadres, including girls," the UN report said without identifying who the perpetrators were.

The Daily Mirror report also said that some young girls were forced by their families to marry their relatives to avoid forced recruitment by Tamil Tigers during the final stages of the war.

The report comes at a time when the Sri Lankan government is fending off renewed allegations of war crimes committed during the final stages of the war in 2009.