A 40-year-old man was arrested over the sexual abuse of two underage girls in the disguise of performing a ritual on them.
The girls, from Weragantota area in Weragama, are aged 10 and 16 years.
They were taken to an office where horoscopes are checked by their father in a bid to help them with their studies.
The palmister has informed the father that the girls were suffering from bad luck and a ritual should be performed to rid them from it. He has also asked the father to bring three lemons from one branch along with several other items.
After the father left the office the man has taken the elder daughter to a chamber and sexually abused her. He has later abused the younger one.
He has threatened to kill them, showing a sword, if they revealed what had happened.
Later the father had come with the items and the ritual had being performed.
The children has told what had happened to their father several days after the incident.
The abuser was arrested following a police complaint. The suspect is a married man from Dehiwala area.