Women’s and Child Bureau evicted

Staff at the Women’s and Child Bureau of the Police in Colombo Fort, were unceremoniously told to vacate their building and shift to the Police sports club pavilion last Monday.

Some 80 members in the staff were told to shift to the sports division in the upper floor of the pavilion which could accommodate only about 20 persons.The staff have been severely handicapped as they do not have the required facilities including arrangements to speak to child and women victims of violence. They also do not have an internet connection.

Besides the Women’s and Child Bureau, the Police welfare division and one of the barracks located on the ground floor too have been told to vacate, but they have not been given alternative arrangements.
The reason given to the staff has been that members of the Presidential Security Division wanted the building.

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