23 January, 2020

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Every 90 Minutes A woman Is Raped In Sri Lanka: Rape And Other Crimes Against Women On The Increase – AHRC

Every ninety minutes a woman is raped in Sri Lanka, said Women for Rights at a press conference held in Colombo on July 14. The organisation further said that Sri Lanka is 5th on a list regarding domestic violence. Crimes causing violence relating to women and children is on the rise. In Sri Lanka the citizens live in an environment that has no respect for women and it is estimated that 95% of women using public transport are at risk of being subjected to sexual harassment.

The spokesperson for the organisation attributed this situation to the government’s policy of protecting criminals and allowing local politicians to carry out such crimes with impunity. This approach of neglect towards crime is a strategy that works from the top to the bottom of the government’s hierarchy. The organisation also said that the number of crimes against women is far higher than what is actually reported in the media.

The above statements from one of the leading organisations for women in Sri Lanka come as no surprise. The criminal justice apparatus in the country has been allowed to collapse. The investigative function of the police has now been virtually suspended and this acts in favour of the criminals. The responsibility for the collapse of the policing system lies firmly with the government and particularly with the promulgation of the 18th Amendment to the Constitution which has virtually invalidated even the limited reforms of the police and other public institutions initiated under the 17th Amendment.

Today Sri Lankan citizens do not enjoy the protection of the law. Thus, the government has failed in the most primary function that any government is expected to fulfill which is the protection of its citizens. Instead of protection the government itself removes all the legal obstacles created to obstruct the criminals. Naturally the worst affected are the most vulnerable sections of society, which is the women and the children.

Earlier, on Valentine’s Day, women’s groups held a public protest demanding, among other things, the stopping of the granting of suspended sentences to criminals found guilty of rape and other serious crimes against women. The practice of giving suspended sentences is now widespread in Sri Lanka and the practice itself arose as a result of the collapse of the criminal justice system. The courts often pressurise lawyers to reach ‘settlements’ even in serious criminal cases and as an incentive the possibility of obtaining suspended sentences is offered.

Several lawyers interviewed by the Asian Human Rights Commission stated that the practice of criminal law has virtually become a farce. The police officers manipulate the system and the Attorney General’s Department makes no attempt to resist the extreme degeneration that is taking place. Besides this the courts themselves become party to this dismal state of affairs by attempting to force down ‘settlements’.

Under these circumstances the call made by Women for Rights for government intervention to stop crimes against women is quite unlikely to bear any positive results. The challenge now is for all, including women’s organisations, to take up the collapse of the criminal justice system and the rule of law in general as the common problem affecting everyone. It is only the development of the solidarity of all those who have become victims of criminals and others who are exploiting the situation that the government’s neglect can be confronted. Until then as one lawyer said, “We all are sitting ducks”.

By the Asian Human Rights Commission

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    Good, at least we are leading from that front, thanks to “Dharmadveepa Chakrawarthi”

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      Lapatita,

      “Every ninety minutes a woman is raped in Sri Lanka, said Women for Rights at a press conference held in Colombo on July 14”

      = 24/1.5 =16 per day= 480/month= 5,760/year.

      Assume, i in 5 is reported.

      Then it is 28,800/year.

      When percentage is raped by politicians,

      What Percentage by Monks
      And the Balance?

      This data absolutely supports the Need for the Niquab and Burka.

      Not only that, every women needs to be outfitted with a chastity belt.

      Why is BBS silent? Are they in the business of raping as well?

      What happened to the 4 noble paths and 8 noble truths?

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        Why should women wear chastity belts? Put the men in straight jackets.

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          Good idea- Better put all the men in chastity belts, then it will be safer place for women to walk on this earth. Imagine the freedom women will have. She can go about without an atom fear in whatever clothes she wears-

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            Netizen & maali

            “Better put all the men in chastity belts”

            Men all of them are perverts some overt and some covert have been creative in violating woman’s body. In many cases they have used other objects to rape women, (eg Delhi rape case).

            Therefore men chastity belts may not provide sufficient protection for women.

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      So long “Musalaya” governs the country, nothing would change.
      This is our fate. STupid folks to be blamed. Not anyone else

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    Good news. also good time to ban burqa and niqab. be our girls nude or half nude. we can hear in future every second a woman raped. wonderful srilanka.

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      So, you blame rape on the victims and not the perpetrators? Even if women did walk around nude, they don’t deserve to be raped.

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        Both sides are wrong. Even in some european countries, older generations dont want to see young generations trying to wear half nude in summer times. So, like in Malaysia, we srilankens should teach our young generations, specially women to wear decent costumes. I think the internet has infected all bad habits even to many countries where people respected their own dressing cultures.

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      Are there enough monks and politicians for the service?

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      Haniff Mohamed

      “Good news. also good time to ban burqa and niqab. be our girls nude or half nude. we can hear in future every second a woman raped. wonderful srilanka.”

      Burqa and niqab don’t prevent rape.

      Only chastity belts will do.

      The state should issue free chastity belts to each and every girl in this island. This is to prevent the girls from being raped by their own fathers.

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        First of all the girls should be chaste to let them wear chastity belt or wise its like forcing horse to drink water

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        Yes Native Vedda produce provide chastity belts with sharp Blades in it also it would be a viable business for enterprising entrepreneurs

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      Rape is a matter of exercising power over women in the most brutal way. Rape happens whether women go naked or fully clothed. The perpetrator has to be punished and not blame the victim. Opposite of Burka and Abaya is not naked or nude. Do not do this extreme contrast.

      Years ago even the courts blame the victim and now gradually their views are changing. As long as you blame the victim, system will not change.
      It was in the news 5 months old baby was raped in Maradana and two days ago there was a case of a 5 year old who was left in the care of a man and he had been raping her. Rape has nothing to do with the dress.

      Now even boys are raped, so do we tell them to wear the burka or the nikab.

      A man may admire a woman for her beauty, but it does not mean that he is going to rape her for that. When you prescribe abaya and Burka, what you are saying is that all men are waiting to a rape women, if they see her as beautiful woman. It is an insult to all mankind (menkind).

      What Muslims in general would say is that women must be dressed and not show her looks to outsiders, but this is not true. Dress will not solve the problem, as long as women are portrayed as subordinate beings and have no equal rights.

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        salmaj

        “Rape is a matter of exercising power over women in the most brutal way.”

        May be its a spin off.

        However, its a matter of willy working faster than their brains (if they have one).

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          Unfortunately, we are all morally raped by RAJAPKSES. That is our stand todate.

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        exposed meat is more prone to be devoured, then the closed ones, use your common sense bro, then why don’t the women go walk around naked, let your sisters and mothers walk around clothless and see how vulnerable they become for people with evil intention. Also tell them to get into your countrys crowded buses. We need to apply our rational and see things with farsightedness. Don’t become the innocent victims to the media propagation.

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    These are false allegations to support to Niqab Last year srilankaguardian report the same rate “every 90 minute”. I don’t know how Sri Lankans(Buddhists, Christian, Hindu and Muslims) maintain it unchanged. Next year these people will say “every 60 minute”.

    Don’t forget a rape incident was happened in papiliana fashion bug.

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      Asanka,

      This is part of the Monk Vinaya.

      Take care of boys and girls.

      See the 4 Noble truths,

      Buddhism The Great — Part 1

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wNOfTGSADdY

      Buddhism The Great — Part 2

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=clcs2PSze0I

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        I thought you watched videos which were done only by people who have understand Buddhism and criticize it.

        But the fat guy on the video haven’t even understand it.

        He is just a showoff it clearly showed in the video by his word at the beginning. He want to be the one who made great video against Buddhism.

        There are Buddhist rapists and atheist rapists. So atheists are failed to achieve a better society. Atheism is just something which all sinners from every religion has adhered to.

        All laws in the world have been made according to Bible and Quran.

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          Asanka

          “All laws in the world have been made according to Bible and Quran.”

          Rape in this island has nothing to do with Bible nor with Quaran.

          Its a matter of your willy working faster than your brain (if you have one).

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            yes that’s correct.

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      It was proved that rape incident DID NOT take place at Pepiliyana Fashion Bug store. This was proved and accepted by the thugs and thug monks who led the thugs.That is why Fashion Bug pardoned them in courts. This news that there was no rape case in Fashion Bug was publicised in the print and the electronic media.

      There was a case of rape in a near by garage. Police had already taken action on this. Thugs led by monks had damaged that garage and then come to Fashion Bug. What the BBS wanted was an excuse to damage the clothes store before the Sinhala New Year. Fortunately with the timely intervention by the Government damage was minimised.

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      Haven’t seen employees at Fashion Bug wearing nikab and Abaya.

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    Beware women!! Duminda coming to Singapore for so-called “medical treatment” a.k.a. biological treatment??

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      He got the taste of red light street, for his incurable D S syndrome.

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    [Edited out]

    lol wonder if these idiots say the same thing about US ..

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    Soon, we will be like India, and the horrible rapes that are going on there. Where are the hate groups like BBS when you need them? THIS would be a good cause to protest and bring attention to disgusting crimes by rapists, who are harming their women. Instead they are wasting their energy going after innocent minorities, who have not harmed anyone. This is the fault of the Rajapaksa regime, for they lead by example. Crime is rampant, journalists are murdered, harassed, tourists are raped and murdered, and NO ONE is ever arrested and faced with the full extent of the law. Criminals are released after one call from the leadership. This is bringing shame to the Buddhist country.

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      BBS can and should really take up the issue of rape committed by everyone. Not only take up false issues like the Fashion Bug case.

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    Asanka mean in [Edited out]. Hi son of the be no rape in side the Fashion Bug. only at guy did sex with his girl friend in side a garage near Fashion Bug. the boy worked in Fashion Bug. but how many girls and woman raped by Buddhist Monk raped in side the Buddhist temples in Srilanka. these monks are fuck and run like Buddha. now the Monks are doing what Buddha did to Yasodara 2500 years ago. they only follow their master.

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      The boy who raped the girl in the garage DID NOT work at Fashion bug. The garage owner happens to be a Muslim who lives most of the time in Australia. This boy was working in that garage. A few days before the Pepiliyana incident, this boy was arrested. You can check this from Police records.
      I live in Pepiliyana and happened to know Sinhala Buddhists working at Fashion Bug stores in Pepiliyana and Maharagama shop. In fact I asked from them too,they also confirmed that Fashion Bug was innocent of this crime.

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    This is a very powerful indictment of those who disregard a fair and equitable perception of power relations in society. It is both shocking and sadly familiar.

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