Recently, the Tourist Police also launched a poster campaign across Sri Lanka aiming to create awareness on how to be cautious while traveling and important contact details in an emergency situation with the assistance of British High Commission in Sri Lanka.The Tourist Police sought the assistance from the general public in order to create a safer environment by dialing 1912 to report any unsafe environment and practices by people who are involved in the tourism sector directly or indirectly. (Colombo Gazette) Currently, there are 11 Tourist Police Units across Sri Lanka and to ensure the safety of all travellers, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority along with the Tourist Police Division has launched a new project to establish 22 new Tourist Police Units across popular destinations of which the 1st Unit is set to be opened in the center of Mirissa Tourism Area on 22nd of March. Furthermore, the suspect has been ordered to appear before the Kotiliwila police station every Sunday between 9.00 am to 12.00 am while the case is scheduled to be called on 28th of this month for hearing. The Police have arrested a suspect over the harassment of a tourist in Mirissa, the Tourist Police said in a statement.OIC Police Tourist Division, Prabath Vidanagama said that the Kotiliwila police arrested the 36 years old suspect on the same day of the incident and later produced him before the magistrate and he was released on personal bail of LKR 200,000.
ECONOMIC PROBLEMS WERE not the only reasons why Irish people decided to up and leave the country in the past.Physical and sexual abuse and parents with alcohol or drug problems were listed as some of the main reasons why Irish people emigrated.The findings are from a recent ESRI report that looked into the causes and consequences of migration through the experience of Ireland’s older people.Data from over 8,000 people aged 50 and over and who had returned to live in Ireland was collected between late 2009 and early 2011.Abused as childrenThe survey found that 16 per cent of men who lived outside of Ireland for up to 10 years had experienced physical or sexual abuse as children. For men who had stayed in Ireland, the corresponding figure was just under 10 per cent.While 13 per cent of men who lived outside of Ireland for between six months and 10 years indicated that their parents had alcohol or drug problems, when compared to 7.5 per cent of stayers.A similar pattern is seen for women who were categorised as short-term migrants – 13 per cent had experienced physical and/or sexual abuse when compared to eight per cent of women who decided to stay in Ireland.Alcohol abuseBoth categories of men indicated they had experienced stress in their lives, with the return migrants more likely to have suffered from alcohol problems.This was also found to be the case for female migrants who had lived outside of Ireland for less than 10 years. However, women who had lived outside of Ireland for 10 years moved to employment and to live economically independent, which they could not do in Ireland.Social isolationThe findings of the report also indicates that social isolation is a feature of the lives of Ireland’s return migrants.Between 45 per cent to 62 per cent of men (depending on the length of time back in Ireland) were said to be socially isolated. This compared to just over 30 per cent of those who have never left.For women who stayed, a third are modestly or mostly isolated, which compares to between 39 and 46 per cent of return migrants.Read: ‘Messages of hate’ appearing around Dublin, says immigrant group>More: Three arrested after good weather brings trouble to Portmarnock beach>