The assault of a 14 year old autistic boy from Aluthgama on 25 May has caused outrage and calls for justice on social media.
CCTV footage on the incident shared on social media, shows the boy being dragged across the road, assaulted by policemen and some bystanders, close to a Police checkpoint.
The news of the brutal assault by police on Thariq Ahamed, a 14 year old autistic boy of Dharga Town, Aluthgama is shocking and the prejudice that ensued after by the Police and the JMO needs to be exposed. Thariq was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder since he was 4..(1) pic.twitter.com/8dd6DVTW8Q
— Ali Zahir Moulana (@alizmoulana) June 4, 2020
Police had reportedly assaulted the boy for traveling in a bicycle during curfew and later refused to accept the complaint over assault.
Following the revelation of the incident, a number of Sri Lankans have called out for justice for the affected teenager.