17 June, 2019

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How Far Can An Orange Cloth Take You?

By Muheed Jeeran –

Muheed Jeeran

In a small rented house in Hunupitiya near Roseville Garden a Muslim family consisting the mother, three married daughters and five grandchildren were living for some time. They used to stitch frocks and sell them out of their home and this was one of their incomes for survival. They used to buy different coloured cloth. The colours of the cloth included all sorts of shades of blue, green, red, white and orange. 

Yes.

Orange. 

About ten days ago, noticing the orange coloured fabric used for stitching frocks, their up stair tenant who is also Muslim had tipped off the police stating that they are suspicious about this family who possess ‘robe material’ of Buddhist monks. Two police officers visited the house for a search operation and found the orange coloured poplin material among the other coloured cloth. They were convinced that this was a false alarm, but, at the same time a neighbouring Buddhist lady took one of the frocks and went outside screaming “they are having our monks’ robes”.

This fiasco precipitated the neighbourhood to gather and start throwing stones at the house and even the policemen could not control the mob. The mob entered the house with swords and knives to attack the family. The family, including children hid inside the toilet as they had no other option. The mob tried to break the door and at the same time threw stones through the ventilation gap of the toilet to injure the poor family including five children. Somehow STF and other police arrived at scene. They successfully rescued this family and evacuated them to the Kiribathgoda police station. 

While this besieged family sought refuge inside the police it was evident to the police that they were innocent. But due to unfounded objections of the neighbours, the police had to investigate this family under emergency regulation detaining them for twenty one days.

What is sad was that this poor family was forsaken by their own mosque. The clergy failed to visit this family in order to look into the family’s welfare. The police were considerate enough to not lock them up inside the cell but have given them a separate cell to stay together. They were also getting all the basic facilities, thanks to the humanity and due conduct of the Superintendent of Police for Peliyagoda Division. But the police was delaying their release promising them their freedom on an unknown date. 

When I heard of this incident, I immediately visited the police station and met this family in person. When they saw me they started to cry, begging me to help them out. They stated that their entire household items were destroyed by the mob. I promised to support them as it was my moral duty as a human being and an activist. 

Following a discussion with the Peliyagoda Superintendent of Police, Mrs. Madara Ariyasena, she promised to release them as she knew they are innocent. She understood the true story behind the attack. She is also in a catch 22 situation because if they were released under normal law without applying emergency law then they might encounter protests by the petitioners. 

She said they would complete documentation and try her best to inform the Attorney General’s department to fast-track the investigation as the reports are clear now. 

It was with a heavy heart I left the police station after doing my best to help this family. I hope they will be released in a day or two. 

Today in Sri Lanka, hatred and violence seem to be blind to humanity. 

A piece of orange coloured cloth can put a family, even children behind bars.

The hands of hatred are long. 

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    From prison to freedom!

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    Is this a genuine Humanitarian Story . Or is it another story to make the Orange the baddies?..

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      It could be genuine. I also had such an experience with one of my Muslim friend who got arrested for possessing two swords he took home during the Digana/Ampara riots to protect his two grand daughters in case of an home invasion by mobs. His wife (66) and two grand daughters became so scared & helpless b’cos not even their relatives came for help. Me and my friends got together to feed them for about a week until they find money. The funny thing is that my friend does’t even go to Friday prayers, let alone being a jihadist. I believe that tere are so many sad stories like this.
      This is one of the major reason I don’t find fault with Rishard Budiudeen for calling the army commander to find out where about of an arrested suspect. Unlike in police arrests, suspects arrested by try forces are very hard to locate.

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      This is not a healthy comment.

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        There are so many stories like this. But who is going to stretch the hand of humanity. There’s no Humanity left in SL

  • 24
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    “A piece of orange coloured cloth can put a family, even children behind bars”.

    A piece of orange cloth can also get one freed from prison depending on who is wearing it.

    • 8
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      Steve Fantastic comment

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        Orange cloth (Sivuru) will take you to nibbana, but Black cloth (Burkha) will take you to hell.

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      A piece of orange cloth will also get you the best seat on the bus.

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      Well said

  • 12
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    Yes, as you said the hands of hatered are long and cruel too. However if we work in unison we have the ability to maime it to a large extent. The core of the problem is not terrorism, it is the antipathy and malevolence ( absence of teue guidance) in the hearts that turn to erase the humanity in all beings. I hope and pray this family and the rest who have been affected are helped, and find relief by the grace of God. Stay blessed.

  • 4
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    Sad

    Very sad that even a single husband of 4 married ladies hadn’t been there for their care.

    Absence of hubbies made the mosque to turn blind eye?

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    If they definitely caste their votes for Sirisena, they will be released soon

  • 10
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    Why action was not taken against the lady who caused so much commotion? Police is duty bound to take into custody who incite violence as well.

    How Far Can An Orange Cloth Take You?

    As far as how far a red cloth can take you.

  • 8
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    today anyone can shave their head wear an orange robe and pass off as a monk

  • 6
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    Have you as an activist lodged a complaint against that lady who instigated all these violence? No actions so far to even arrest at least one person from the mob of attackers via CCTV footages?

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      Have you as an activist lodged a complaint against that lady who instigated all these violence?

      On what grounds ? There’s no law against stupidity in the country as we can all see at each election

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    It is a pathetic story of the poor industrious family was mauled by the thugs who took the law into their hands to harm this hapless people. Police had miserably failed to make fair judgement to detain them under police custody under emergency rules. The educated elders along with the police in the surrounding should have played sensible and responsible role to prevent the attacks by the thugs. Sole motivation of the thugs is purely on harming the innocence to rob. This evil culture had been in practice in Sri Lanka for many decades which would harm the integrity of our country.

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    the sri lanken ulema, most are uneducated fools. starting from the top acju donkeys. and why does a muslim have to report on another muslim. a curse.

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      Jehan the Islamic idiot, this Muslim has violated the religious doctrine of not turning a blind eye to crime committed by a Muslim on non-Muslim. Just because racist like you want Islamic terrorism to go on killing non-Muslims to fulfill their agenda of Islamization of Srilanka, do not find fault with Muslims with self conscience.

  • 10
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    ‘when they saw me they started to cry..begging me to help them’.
    Being chased out for no reason and being abandoned by those from the Mosque,would have hurt them deeply.blessings on you Mr.Jeeran for befriending this helpless family.

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  • 13
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    How sad. The terrible problems of one poor family. This sort of unthinking hatred has been repeated all over the island for decades.

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    Sad , very distressing.This is what happened during emergency times for JVP and LTTE Times.

    Mostly own kind sort to take revenge over petty issues and jealousy.
    That is how bad our Emergency law is , it protects the criminals and criminalise the innocent .

    This proves that this time the Forces and police have been very discipline and just in dealing with one of the most dangerous and the globally feared terororist’s situations where even the most powerful nations have failed .

    This story breaks my heart and I would like to extend my gratitude first to.our Police and then to you Mr Jeeran.

    Where are our peoples hero TV stations ? No they will never cover such stories of the poor (Muslims) who are innocent and helpless, onlyVIPS among Muslims get coverage.

    Shame on the entire Muslim council and the entire Community.

    At least now I hope the people of other religions understand its a Myth that Muslims help Muslims , look what a nasty women who informed is ,even this poor family struggling and surving on their own with dignity was hard for her to take it.

    I have seen this kind among my own relatives too.

    They will not help nor let the fallen even survive on their own struggle .

    What a bunch of hypocrites

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    Readers please note this area is where a large.number of Muslims (Malays & Moors) live.

    Thank.you CT , if not for the writer and especially you CT the one and only jouranal who is a voice to the voiceless & less priveleged lot, we would have never known this incident .

    Who knows how many incidents have gone unreported .

    I kindly request the Government to make sure to include a clause to severely punish those who give out
    False information against innocent and the mobs who attack the innocent

    MR
    JEERAN Kindly provide more information of the victimized family and about the false informant here so necessary steps could be taken to proceed to request the President to see
    What justice can be done

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    What will happen if you wear a orange robe in Saudi ?

    These chaps enjoy what other countries offer and yet want to make all countries a hell like Saudi

    This utter hypocrisy must stop

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    @Kebab
    Peanuts&monkeys .
    R u ok ???

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    I have a deep fear , if this kind of irresponsible actions go unchecked and not stopped and if the innocent of the muslim Community become victimised and have no one to turn to , will they turn to KIL??? (Karijites of Iraq & Lavent)

    Wonder how many of us know or even understand the KIL’s mentality .

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    The contents of the article is depressing to most of us. Thank you activist Muheed Jeeran for everything you did for the victims and for stressing the cooperation of conscientious police.
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    Those who went through similar ordeals in Black July 1983 tell us that the goons had maps with “House for Destruction” clearly marked.
    The victims in the Muheed Jeeran article were betrayed by another Muslim but the goons have not changed very much.
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    World over the distinctive orange coloured dress is worn by rescue workers.
    In SL? {“How Far Can An Orange Cloth Take You?”}

  • 5
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    If true, it is a sad comment on the hatred being sown in the name of religion. If our police and the armed forces were professional and not controlled by or afraid of corrupt politicians, things like this would not happen.

    In the meanwhile the real menace to society who dons orange robes, has been set free! Why? Because he and his buddies are a gang of thugs for hire, to start riots and do the bidding of politicians.

    Only peace-loving civilians can force these bastards out. But they would need to work across religions, ethnicities and social classes, and not fall prey to the well-tested “divide-and-conquer” strategy of our rulers.

    Are you willing to work with the sinhalese? Or only against them?

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      A piece of orange cloth will also get you the best seat on the bus.

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    I just heard a case where a Muslim lady was arrested for wearing a dress depicting ” DharmaChakra” which actually turns out to be wheel of a ship. That goes to show Lankan police dosent know the difference between wheel of ship and dharma??? or else this how emergency laws are being used in targeting innocent people and not the wanted. Innocent people are locked in when the “Ape Man” is out on a pardon. For a change educated monk , who is director of Walpola Rahula Institute for Buddhist Studies has come out criticizing “harassing people in name of symbols is not Buddhism, even if it a true symbol “. Human rights lawyer Weliamuna and HRC has taken up the case supporting the victim. Glimmer of hope?? On a side note one so called Sociologist ??????? Dr. KKK, not kidding Kumudu Kusum Kumara as asserted “Buddhist symbols should not be worn on body or clothes”. This is LANKA for you.

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    Please write about this in Sinhala media. Because Sinhala completely ignores such tragedies

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