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Born 1982
Died 2009
Occupation Journalist Television Anchor

Isaipriya alais Shoba was a Sri Lankan Tamil journalist and television anchor on Tamil Tiger TV, the flagship television channel of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. She was reportedly abducted, raped and murdered by the Sri Lankan military during the final phase of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009.[1][2]

Life and career[edit]

Isaippiriyaa was born in 1982, and was educated in the Manipai Green Memorial School up to her fifth grade, and later on at the Veampadi Girls High School in Jaffna until 1996. With her family displaced by war to Vanni, Isaippiriya continued her studies in Vanni till she joined the movement’s media division.[3]

Isaippiriya is known to have been a gifted dancer, and had married sometime in 2007 or 2008. Akal, her infant child had died of asphyxiation while in a bunker during a Kfir Jet bombing, during 15 March 2009.[4]

Until 8 May 2009 she was working as a volunteer in the Mullivaikkal makeshift hospital.[4]


The British television news outlet, Channel 4, showed video footage in the documentary No Fire Zone which depicted Isaipriya was raped and murdered by the Sri Lankan Army after being taken into custody during the final stages of the Sri Lankan Civil War in 2009.[3][5][6][7] Previously, Channel-4 has released images of the journalist and TV commentator stripped naked, hands tied behind back, and shot dead.

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch confirmed that the body in the video belonged to her but the Sri Lankan Army has denied the allegations.[8][9][10] She became a cause célèbre and her rape and murder caused international outrage.[1][2] Her death has been an influential aspect, within the international community to debate on a boycott of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2013, which is planned to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

The family of Isaipriya had known nothing of her capture and execution until video evidence was broadcast on Channel 4. Isaipriya's mother in an interview to Channel 4, told them that she had always thought that Isaipriya had died a victim of shelling.[11]

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  1. ^ a b "Isaipriya video cause for concern, govt yet to decide on Manmohan's Sri Lanka visit: Chidambaram Read more at:". India Today. 2 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Forgotten heroes of the Eelam war". 29 Oct 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Woman victim in Channel-4 video identified as Journalist Isaippiriyaa". Tamilnet. 01 December 201. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "New evidence emerges on war crimes committed on Isaippiriyaa". TamilNet. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sri Lanka 'war crimes' video: woman's body identified". Channel4. 8 December 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  6. ^ "Isaipriya 'raped' and killed by Sri Lankan Army, says Channel 4 video Read more at:". Headlines Today. 1 November 2013. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  7. ^ "Sri Lanka war crime victim's spirit seems restless over involuntary death pose.". Salem News. Jul 1, 2012. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  8. ^ "Sri Lanka: Army Unit Linked to Executions". Human Rights Watch. December 8, 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Sri Lanka war crimes probe demanded by rights groups". BBC. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  10. ^ "New video evidence of alleged Sri Lankan war crimes requires UN investigation". Amnesty International. 9 December 2010. Retrieved 6 November 2013. 
  11. ^ "Isaipriya's fate was previously unknown to her family". TamilGuardian. Retrieved 10 November 2013.