Ashu Marasinghe, Sri Lanka’s presidential advisor, was forced to resign after leaked footage revealed him sexually abusing a dog.
Former representative Hirunika Premachandra revealed the footage during a press briefing on Friday. During the briefing, she identified Aadarsha Karandana as the dog’s owner. Karandana and Marasinghe had been in a two-year relationship after meeting on Facebook.
As her dog’s behavior began to change, Karandana asserted that she had become suspicious of Marasinghe. She would then record these acts of animal behavior in secret, without Marasinghe’s knowledge. In response to Karandana’s confrontation, Marasinghe abused Karandana.
During the press conference, Premachandra said that Marasinghe could be found guilty of breaking Sri Lanka’s Penal Code and sent to prison for up to 20 years.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has requested an investigation, stating:
“PETA urges the Sri Lankan government to thoroughly investigate the allegations against the presidential advisor and, if proven true, to punish him to the fullest extent permitted by Sri Lankan law. Daphna Nachminovitch, Senior Vice President of Cruelty Investigations at PETA United States, stated that people who abuse animals, including sexually, frequently move on to human victims.
Ashu Marasinghe is a senior Sri Lankan politician who has worked as Assistant Chief Government Whip, Chairman of the State Engineering Corporation of Sri Lanka, and Professor at the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.
In the legislature from 2017 to 2020, he represented the United National Party after being elected through the Nationalist list.