By Colombo Telegraph –
Three Buddhist monks who had been implicated in the mob attack on Fashion Bug in Pepiliyana had surrendered to the Mirihana Police Station yesterday evening were set free after both parties eventually came to a settlement.
17 suspects including the monks were produced at the Gangodawila Magistrate Court today and the management of the Fashion Bug and the suspects connected over the attack on the premises last week, decided to amicably resolve the issue today.
The picture shows one anti-Muslim attacker Buddhist monk changed from his traditional way of wearing the outer robe to a women’s dress burqa in Islamic culture.
It was another, in a series of attacks against Muslims as Fashion Bug owns by a family of Sri Lankan Muslims. The mob had gone on a rampage setting clothes that were in the store on fire and shouting obscenities at the girls who worked in this complex, saying that they should be ashamed to work in an enterprise owned by Muslims and to never come back. The mob had also manhandled some of the girls.
Tamil Parliamentarian M.A. Sumanthiran told Parliament on March 21, 2013; “Muslim women can’t walk on the streets of this country today in their traditional dress. In Manampitiya, Hon. Minister, a young girl in an abaya, was walking and she was attacked. She has made a complaint to the Polannaruwa police. On the day the Mattala airport was opened, the same night a church in Weerakettiya was attacked by a mob, unfortunately led by religious leaders – by Buddhist monks. And they go and demonstrate before the Indian High Commission saying two venerable monks have been attacked in Tamil Nadu. We condemn those attacks. We don’t support that. No monk should be attacked in Tamil Nadu. But why aren’t they complaining about the church being attacked in Weerakettiya, in your own country, before you look at other countries? Why aren’t they going in processions protesting that Muslim women are being attacked on the road? You don’t go on processions for that, you only have to complain about other countries. Look at yourself, inside, first. You put your house right. If you put your house right no one else will ever be able to point fingers at you. You have this happening in your own country. You treat people who are numerically in the minority like dirt, and then you have the brass to stand up and pontificate about international interference and call that bullying. When you get a little bit of the taste of your own medicine you are smarting but you can’t understand how much we feel being treated like dirt in this country. You talk about changing the goal post.”
A monk is attacking the Fashion Bug
Muslim women can’t walk on the streets of this country today in their traditional dress