Human Rights Activist, Political Critic and Sociological Researcher, Shanthi Sachithanandam breathed her last in private hospital in Colombo. She was 58 at the time of her death.
Although she was afflicted with Cancer for a long time, she showed much interest in Social Service activities, and participated in several events including research conferences in Sri Lanka and abroad, political and social conferences, meetings and workshops and continued to write in Tamil and English papers regarding political and social matters.
She was the founder of the Viluthu Development Centre located at Torrington Road, Colombo – 07 and served as its Executive Director and earlier had served with the United Nations.
A native of Jaffna, Shanthy Satchithanandam had her secondary education at St.Bridget’s College, and later graduated from University of Moratuwa with a Bachelor degree in Engineering. Anyhow, she had dedicated her whole life to Social Service and Human Rights activities.
While possessing mastery in the Languages of Tamil and English, she was also well versed in Sinhala.
She is the founder of ‘Mantru’, an NGO based in Batticaloa, engaged herself in several social development projects in the Eastern Province. In recent times, she was engaged in some work related to the people who had gone missing and was always insisted on having database on the people who had missing at least in internet. When the liberation struggle started she actively engaged herself in it and had written several articles critical of the activities of the Sri Lankan Government.
Born in 1958 Shanthy Satchithanandam leaves behind 2 daughters and a son. It is notable here that, her husband Mano Rajasingham also succumbed to Cancer in 2009.