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Living With Violence: Rape & Murder In Jaffna

By Thanges Paramsothy

Thanges Paramsothy

Thanges Paramsothy

On 14th May 2015, morning around 8.30 am, a domestic servant who came telling an incident of rape and murder of a student studying advanced levels in Pungudutivu Maha Vidiyalam. The landlord, eighty years old lady, was listening to the incident scolding the unknown person/s who committed the crime. I came out of my room and listen to her. She explained the incident as follow:

“An eighteen years old student, S. Vidhiya, went to school on 13th May 2015 from her home. She did not return home after the school. As she did not return home in the evening, Vidhiya’s brother went to the school in search of her. He got to know that she did not attend the school. Her brother with their relatives was searching her. They did not find her immediately. They eventually reported about her disappearance to the local police and kept searching her. The next day early morning, on the way to the school from her home, her bicycle was found. One of her shoes was found near her bicycle and other was in another place. Her dead body was found inside the bush in Vallan, ward-10 in Pungudutivu. Her each leg was separately tied up in two separate trees. Her hands were tied together keeping behind her head. She was raped and then murdered.” She finished telling the incident and started doing her usual work in her landlord’s home.

The incident quite disturbed me. I wanted to obtain further information about this incident so that I decided to visit the place of the incident. When I went there, it was bit late. Police were present in the area. Nobody was allowed to see the body. However, people after getting to know about this have visited the place and seen the body before the police came. It seemed that the body was in a terrible condition according to the people’s expression. Even though people were not allowed to see the body after the present of the police, they were on the lane talking about this with anger, fear and suspicion. After a while, the body was taken away from the scene.

Following the incident, the school students and teachers were on the road condemning the murder and demanding for justice for the affected family and the safety of the students in general. A three-wheeler, which carried loudspeakers, announced about the murder and requested Pungudutivu’s people to join the protest. The school head master said that those, who committed crime, should be punished. The family who is affected by this incident should be given justice”.

Photo: by Thanges Paramsothy, students protesting against the murder of the fellow student in Pungudutivu

Photo: by Thanges Paramsothy, students protesting against the murder of the fellow student in Pungudutivu

Apart from this murder of the student in Pungudutivu, Jaffna in general has now become a land of gang-related crimes and alcoholism. We regularly hear murder, rape, gang fights and theft as common news in local newspapers. Women in post-war Jaffna seemed to be easy targets of sexual and physical harassment and verbal abuses. The local inhabitants are not happy with the way the criminals are treated by the police establishment and the law of the country. The people say that those who committed crimes are rarely arrested and punished. Even though they are arrested, they however easily come out without getting punishment. The crime committed by local youths and gangs often went unpunished. This at any means does not give justice for those who are affected.

When a country slowly moves towards democracy, justice, peace and reconciliation in post-conflict scenario, allowing rooms for the incidents like this will create fear and distress among people who have already gone through a series of violent during the time of armed conflict and political violence. The crimes, which increasingly affect the potential harmony of the people and the country, need to be stopped by the relevant establishment. The only way of doing this is placing the law and order in practice.

*Thanges Paramsothy – PhD Research Student in Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of East London.

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    This area has been a habitat of anti social militants. These type of actions with protection from punishment are rewarded to them for their duty to their leaders and captains. Who are they. May be they abduct and share the girls with their bosses. They are allowed to gather money in any form and make an escape to foreign countries as refugees. There they make a statement as a child recruit or tortured by pro LTTE people.
    A well planned agenda of those who wants de stabilise and destroy a disciplined nation
    by training and encouraging the disoriented youths to engage in this sort of anti social activities.
    A person who has been observing the happenings in North east Sri Lanka can note this. Who are those operating with the said agenda??????

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    A new Tamil author from the next generation! We really need people like this who can responsibly speak up without fear. This makes others read/listen.

    Thank you Mr. (Soon Dr.) Paramsothy. Please return to Jaffna to teach when you complete your studies and infect our students with your fearless, responsible enthusiasm for justice and truth. It is this kind of writing that will win Sinhalese over to the cause of justice for Tamils. That is the only way we will get justice.

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      Dear Rich,

      Paramsothy is not new.
      He has written very good balanced articles before.
      I too share your admiration.

  • 8
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    Pungudutivu is a small area…..Police should be able to find the criminal easily…..

    :-)

  • 8
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    A big thank you.

    Unless we begin to pay attention to the crime-related issues that are destroying our war-ravaged society and demand strong, but legal, preventive and punitive action by authorities, there will be further escalation of such unconcienable violence. Sexual perversion & depravity, alcoholism, drug addiction, theft and fraud have become the post-war burden of a war-battered society. Ours is a society with many serious fault lines that are being yet ignored.

    What is sad is that community leaders, politicians and the media are not raising a hue and cry about this cancer that is destroying us from within. In a society cowed by decades of violence and injustice, there is yet no will to acknowledge and confront this menace, although there is much mumbling. The critical problems facing the war-battered who have survived the war, should receive urgent attention and concerted attention from all concerned at least now.

    Dr,Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      Why do the men resort to this kind of heinous crimes? Has the war desensitize human feeling towards each other?

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        Dear NV,

        The Tamil mind set has been criminalised to a large extent by the militancy, the wars and the populations response to it.

        Laws were broken and crimes were committed with impunity. Bribery and corruption became rampant. The fear to do wrong was lost. The end justified the means. Those who did wrong and engaged in illegality survived better , succeeded or wielded power. Force commanded respect. The veneer of civilisation was scrapped off significantly as a result. The migration of people of quality and education, removed the example factor from society. The anchors that moored them to a stable society were torn asunder and the resulting drift brought out the worst in us.

        Alcoholism, drug addition ,sexual depredation and pursuit of easy money, are visible symptoms of a much deeper social problem.

        This is a rich field for study, while it is a tremendous tragedy. Unfortunately the PROBLEM is not receiving the attention it demands.
        Dr.RN

        Dr.RN

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          Dr Narendran,

          “Laws were broken and crimes were committed with impunity. Bribery and corruption became rampant. The fear to do wrong was lost. The end justified the means. Those who did wrong and engaged in illegality survived better , succeeded or wielded power. Force commanded respect. The veneer of civilisation was scrapped off significantly as a result.”

          Unfortunately I would not use past tense because all of this continues. The families and schools are unable to raise children properly. Children can see bad examples of negative behavior and even crime that goes unpunished. This creates an expectation of impunity.

          The police wants to do as little as possible for as much bribe money as possible. Most of the police sent to Jaffna appear to be blind and deaf.

          I don’t know if the situation is any better in other areas of Sri Lanka.

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            Uthungan,

            Thanks for your comment and the insight. My comment implied that the situation continues.

            Dr.RN

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          RN “..The Tamil mind set has been criminalised to a large extent by the militancy..”I beg to disagree.

          First you are making a generic statement about Tamils. Then you are accusing the militancy.

          This would not have happened under LTTE’s watch.

          I watched the videos of the funeral events. What struck me was that the students both boys and girls were united and very vociferous and appealed to the present government to take action and provide security and protection.

          These students did not come across as having criminalised mind set. However I was surpriesed by their courage to come openly and protest. Previous regime would have tear gassed them. There was no heavy police prescense either.

          It is a common knowledge that since the end of the war drugs and alcohol were peddled openly out side school gates in the NE while the police turn a blind eye.

          Vidhya was gang raped and then brtually murdered. This is not a crime comitted by some one with a criminalised mind but psycopaths let lose.

          who are the culprits who comitted his horrible crime. Whay are they still at large. This is not the first one in the NE since the end of the war.

          Is it possible tha some one in the establishment past behind this.

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      Bravo and keep up the good work. We need the men to stand up for the rights of women.

  • 1
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    A very very sad incident once again in a society inured to violence and lawlessness by having been helpless by-standers to thirty plus years of horrible crimes by liberators and counter liberators.

    Thanges’ message about the need now for the police and other responsible state institutions to be vigilant and active is timely and important. Thank you, young man.

    One hopes and hopes the police will do their job whoever the perpetrators are.

    But how sadly vain these hopes have become time and again in our blessed country!

  • 2
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    Thoughout the island life (prcious) has become cheap. Such things happen in India too. The govt. must act to protect lives and property not only through law and order measures but through the education system. Well meaning diaspora too have a role to play in curbing their hard earned cash falling into the hands of lazy young relatives.

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      lal loo

      “Thoughout the island life (prcious) has become cheap.”

      What were the Sinhala/Buddhist politicians and law enforcers doing since 1948 to tackle the law and order from being a thing of the past?

      “Such things happen in India too.”

      The people of this island live here and not in India. Are you in a competition with India to hit the bottom?

      “Well meaning diaspora too have a role to play in curbing their hard earned cash falling into the hands of lazy young relatives.”

      Their young relatives do not have access to stolen cash from state coffers nor do they have anyone who could earn 10%, 20%, 30% on commissions to get things done.

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        NV,

        “Their young relatives do not have access to stolen cash from state coffers nor do they have anyone who could earn 10%, 20%, 30% on commissions to get things done.”

        Are you possibly in diaspora or otherwise mostly outside of NP if you ever lived here? If you think that our administration is “clean” you are wrong. Come and try to get something done without bribes or/and political connections.

        Another reason for the crimes is the hopelessness that now is beginning to reach the mind of even the slowest youngsters. They have no future and cannot escape. The villages are like open prisons where most people survive on handouts with nothing to do. Having some cash,no future and nothing to do is bad mix. Earlier these youngsters migrated or joined the LTTE. No there is nothing for most of them.

    • 2
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      @lal bugger is at it again. The northern Tamils are going to listen to a congenital racist. Sure that is going to happen.

  • 8
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    Now they said that the army was raping now the army is out who is doing this. This is what happens all the time in Jaffna. Now that the army is out this situation will get worse. Where are the politicians and all others who are shouting saying that the army is raping. The army at least gave some protection to the poor people. I like to hear the comments from the tamils living in these areas.

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      Army is still there. The same police are still there. It is not entirely wrong to say that “Mahinda Chinthanaya” has permeated into the Tamil areas as well, because of the “stooges” of Mahinda had the last laugh for the last 10 years or more in the entire Tamil areas, especially in the little islands in the North!!

  • 5
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    Give the police powers to Vicky to tackle these kind of matters.

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      Is this the same Wigneswaran who appealed to Modi to release Tamils convicted of murder and rape ?

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        Good one! He’d spend all his time personally delivering fruit baskets to each and every one of these Tamil criminals.

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          Ponnalingam

          Perhaps CV W learnt the art of being good citizen from MR:

          Rajapaksa visits Mahinda Abeykoon at Bogambara Prison

          Mahinda Rajapaksa visits Tissa Attanayake at prison in Colombo

          Mahinda Rajapaksa visits Wimal’s wife at hospital

          Mahinda visits Johnston at Welikada Prison

          Basil Rajapaksa further remanded till 20 May, Mahinda visits Basil at Colombo National Hospital.

          Mahinda Rajapaksha’s Visits to Duminda Silva’s Resident

          I Have ‘Files’ On All Those Who Defected: Mahinda

  • 4
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    This is a brutal murder done by social barbarians.This could be the symptoms of social disorganization in the context of post-war Jaffna community.As a Sociologist I strongly raise my voice against the crimes against humanity.

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      Sivakanthan,

      “This could be the symptoms of social disorganization in the context of post-war Jaffna community.”

      Can you not study this problem? One of the problems are the 50000 families in the Northern Province where the mother has to try to do all alone. These families have only recently been officially discovered.

      “Sri Lanka’s new Government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, estimated last month that Northern Province, which bore the brunt of the three decades of conflict, has an astonishing 50,000 families headed by single women.
      It is the first time anyone has attached a figure to the phenomenon and it could have profound implications for Government policy.”

      “At least one in five families in the north is led by a woman with no husband, according to official estimates.”

      Help at last for war widows

      By Amantha Perera
      IRIN: Almost six years after Sri Lanka’s bloody civil conflict came to an end, an underreported legacy of the fighting is finally being acknowledged: the extraordinarily high number of war widows struggling to make ends meet.
      Sri Lanka’s new Government, led by President Maithripala Sirisena, estimated last month that Northern Province, which bore the brunt of the three decades of conflict, has an astonishing 50,000 families headed by single women.
      It is the first time anyone has attached a figure to the phenomenon and it could have profound implications for Government policy.
      “It has remained a huge problem since the end of the war,” said Roopavathi Ketheeswaran, the top public official in Kilinochchi District, which forms part of Northern Province and used to be the stronghold of the Tamil Tiger rebels. “(It is) a problem that had gone largely unaddressed because of lack of resources.”
      Yogeshwari Ramalingam, a 39-year-old widow from neighbouring Mullaitivu District, is trying to put her three children — aged eight to 14 – through school. But it is tough going.
      “During the war, my husband went missing,” she told IRIN. “He went looking for food and never came back. Since then I have been struggling.”
      Peace as scary as war
      The family home was hit by shelling during the war, but Ramalingam can’t afford to rebuild it. When she returned to her village in 2011, she received around $189 from the UN refugee agency, UNHCR. It was meant to help the family resettle, but after spending about $50 on roofing materials and the rest on food, the money was soon gone.
      Since then, Ramalingam has been surviving by doing odd jobs in the village and traveling 20 kilometres out to work in the paddy fields during rice harvesting seasons. She was given some vocational training in embroidery by a local, church-based NGO, but has been unable to use her new skills because of the lack of employment opportunities.
      “It has been hard, very hard. I thought the war was the nightmare. Peace has been equally scary.”
      New approachUntitled-1
      The Government, which took office in January, has signalled a new approach to addressing the divisive issues that still linger, long after the end of the civil war, including the parlous situation facing women in war-ravaged Northern Province.
      At least one in five families in the north is led by a woman with no husband, according to official estimates.
      The Government has already announced the establishment of a national centre in Kilinochchi to look after the needs of such families and has now introduced low interest loans of up to $260 specifically for these women. “This is the first time such a centre has been set up, so now we can look at this unique group and provide targeted assistance,” Ketheeswaran said, adding that the biggest problem was lack of jobs. To that end, “we will also provide tailor-made vocational training,” she said. There have been very few programmes designed to help the war widows to date. Since the start of 2013, the International Committee of the Red Cross has provided 435 women with funds of up to $378 to start new businesses. While the grants are welcome, that number represents only a small fraction of those needing help.
      No jobs
      While the national unemployment rate for women is 6.6%, “the unemployment rates among females are higher in the north,” said Muttukrishna Sarvananthan, author of a research paper on the issue due to be published in June. Female unemployment rates in the five districts that make up the Northern Province are 10.9% in Jaffna, 29.4% in Kilinochchi, 21.6% in Mannar, 20.5% in Mullaitivu and 9.0% in Vavuniya.
      The districts with the highest figures – above 20% – are those where the fighting was fiercest. By comparison, the unemployment rate for women in Colombo is 3.2%, 7.0% in Galle and 6.8% in Kandy.
      “The Government could give priority for single female heads of families in recruitment to the public sector,” Sarvananthan suggested.
      Social workers in the north say that poverty forces many women to leave their potentially vulnerable children behind as they seek jobs further and further away from their villages.
      “There are children dropping out of school. There are frequent cases of child abuse. There is also underlying trauma that has not been treated,” said Saroja Sivachandran, who heads the Jaffna-based Centre for Women and Development, which provides vocational training.
      There have also been cases of women resorting to prostitution, though no official figures are available.
      Numbers unknown
      For a long time after the war, the plight of war widows was a taboo subject because it was linked to the sensitive issue of those still missing or unaccounted for, Sivachandran said.
      The Sri Lankan Government has never confirmed the number of deaths during the final and deadliest phase of the war.
      An advisory panel set up by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said there could have been at least 40,000 war-related deaths between 2008 and 2009. A recently published book by the University Teachers for Human Rights (Jaffna) put the figure as high as 90,000.
      Although there is no gender breakdown in these figures, it is assumed the vast majority were men. A generation of war widows was created, and the women left largely to fend for themselves.

      http://www.ft.lk/article/421025/Help-at-last-for-war-widows

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    This is not only happening in Jaffna but everywhere in our country,hopefully the culprit or culprits will be found,however this should not be taken as a political case quoting Tamil and sinhalese agendas.A human girl was destroyed and what ever race justice will or again I hope be served.After an era where Tamil girls were used as weapons for war hopefully the future will be brighter for them and their parents.

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      Wathsala Manathunga

      “however this should not be taken as a political case quoting Tamil and sinhalese agendas.”

      Ah by the way this island is ruled by the Sinhala/Buddhists and the police is mainly manned by Sinhala/Buddhists who should take responsibility for whatever is happening in the island.

      The Sinhala/Buddhist nationalism has brought the island to its knees, rampant corruption, impunity, unceasing parochial nationalistic pride, ………. has stopped people care for each other and those who have access to political power get away from murder.

      During the war and after there had been many incidents of rape in the North and East. Those rapists mostly identified as members of armed forces have got away scot free.

      It is not about hapless Sinhalese or Tamil girls/woman irrespective of their race its about the quality of security they rightfully expect from the state. If majority of the people were concerned about violence and rape they could have stopped it when systematic use of rape as an instrument of war was applied in the North East during and after the war.

      So its about the past catching up the future.

      One rape is too many, one death is too many.

      Get the law enforcers to work for the people.

  • 2
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    Why can’t they release the countrywide statistics on crime and be transparent.

    No where in the world police does not know the language of the community they work but only in Sri Lanka. Not only that, but the police is from different religion and culture. A dark black symbol of oppression.

    Please note still there is a lot of navy and army in Pungudutheivu. See Pathivu .com

    The army camps in the north is like a spread out fishing net . no fish can escape.

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      Pacs,

      “Why can’t they release the countrywide statistics on crime and be transparent.”

      I also would like to compare crime in Jaffna with the districts. Don’t know who has statistics and a lot of crime is not reported.

      “No where in the world police does not know the language of the community they work but only in Sri Lanka. Not only that, but the police is from different religion and culture.”

      Actually surprisingly many of them can Tamil. There are Muslims, Indian Tamils and even genuine Jaffna policemen and women.

      “A dark black symbol of oppression.”

      How to solve this problem?

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    Thanges Paramsothy,

    Thank you very much. When I saw the title of your article my expectation was to find yet another Uthayan style news about members of the security forces or EPDP raping and murdering in Jaffna. Maybe they are the culprits but you don’t blame them without evidence. Thank you for that and bringing up crime in Jaffna to the CT. I also thank you for apparently using your real name.

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    http://island.lk/index.php?page_cat=article-details&page=article-details&code_title=124710

    Looks like the police is doing something. Will the courts do their duty?

    Schoolgirl raped and killed
    May 14, 2015, 9:47 pm

    By Norman Palihawadane

    Kayts police yesterday morning recovered the body of an 18-year-old schoolgirl of Punkudutivu Tamil Vidyalaya dumped in a palmyrah grove.

    Police said the victim had been raped.

    The victim’s parents had complained to the police that their daughter had not returned from school.

    The police suspect that the sexual attack had been carried while on she was on her way to school.

    An officer said that the police suspected the involvement of one or two suspects in the murder.

    He said sniffer dogs had been deployed to apprehend the suspects.

    The police recovered the victim’s school bag from a shrub.

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    Dont blame the Sinhalese for these acts. This is what the tamils have done for generations only now we have the LTTE leftovers who are going above the limit. Is this what you want a separate state for???? This must be a punishment killing like it was usual during LTTE times. Dont you remember the people murdered and their heads put up on the lamp posts. When more LTTE prisoners are relased there will be more of this and it will be the poor tamils who will suffer. It was only the tamils who suffered most during the LTTE and now they want a separate state to continue their good work. Who says that Tamils culture is a old culture I see this as the Tamil Culture they have not yet come out of the era of barbarians!!!

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    All the more reason why they should devolve police powers.The people could have then shouted outside the CM’s office and he would not have been able to come out.now they will have to go to colombo and shout outside the IGP’s office,if they are inclined to travel so far.

    Policing is something that involves day to day activities and surely the tamils have the ability to manage those can’t they.Or do they lack intelligence and education to do that and want the sinhalese to it for them as they are doing it so well in the south too as well as north.

    sinhalese are not a master race to rule the tamils,though they may be thinking so like hitler did of his germans who he felt should rule all other races in europe.First let the master mahawamsa race rule themselves effectively first and then we can decide to be ruled by them.No police powers,then no solution to ethnic issue.

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      shankar,

      “All the more reason why they should devolve police powers.”

      Do you know what this means? Please explain.

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    Someone has said that this happens in the south of the country. This type of killing where the victim is tied to two trees does not happen in the south of the country. This is a punishment killing and nothing else. No one will find the culprit because he must have already run across to India till this b lows over!!! Hope you all enjoy the separate state!!!

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      “No one will find the culprit because he must have already run across to India till this b lows over!!! Hope you all enjoy the separate state!!!”

      Why do they have to cross the ocean? They could jolly well be in one of the army camps just like the “grease devils” of forner years!! Worse still they may be the ones who must be doing the investigation!! It is not surprising in the Dharmista, when you think that the biggest criminals are still outside the prison to do all the damages. One is eternally “living in an ambulance” feigning sickness!!

      May be it is a punishment and warning for “voting out” the biggest criminal and his family!

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    It is high time they enforced the death penalty and also harsh penalties for crimes like in the east asia.Our IGP has to be sent to japan,korea,taiwan,HK,singapore and copy exactly the systems they have there for srilanka here.Those countries are practically crime free and are far ahead of the western world.Not only in crime but in many other areas too they have got ahead of the so called superior white skins.We brown skins have to decide once and for all in another ten years where we want our country to be,in white skin levels of western world,yellow skinned levels of east asia,or continue to jog on like this in brown skinned levels of india and pakistan.We must have a vision.

    My vision is for srilanka to be like taiwan in another 10 years time.

    Why taiwan?Very similar country to ours.island that is half our size.

    Just copy everything that is there onto us.Oh i forgot the master mahawamsa race would not like to copy others.they would like others to copy them for a ego massage.

    The east asians initially copied the westerners at everything and then beat them too.First stuff your ego and just copy,then improve using your own initiatives and beat the other mother fuckers in this increasingly competitive world.That is my motto in life.I first look at others who are successful and copy them.no harm in being a copy cat.

    a swiss chap was telling me his company which did high tech items had decided not to sell to the chinese any more,because they found that they will buy only one single product of their product line and the repeat order never came.

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      shankar,

      “Our IGP has to be sent to japan,korea,taiwan,HK,singapore and copy exactly the systems they have there for srilanka here.”

      Another citizen who doesn’t know what the IGP is responsible for. Have you heard of courts and penal code?

      “My vision is for srilanka to be like taiwan in another 10 years time.”

      Dreaming.

      “Why taiwan?Very similar country to ours.island that is half our size.”

      It is an island but any similarity ends there. They have, for instance, very high results in education that we totally lack.

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        uthungan

        okay we will send the IGP and the Chief justice both to east asia to see how they have rid their countries of crime.Anyone else?

        “Dreaming.”

        i have a dream-martin luther king.

        “t is an island but any similarity ends there. They have, for instance, very high results in education that we totally lack.”

        There are many things in taiwan that we lack.Why i compared it to us is that in physical characteristics it is very similar,an island next to a country of a billion people,half the size of srilanka,and 2 million more people than us at 23 million,but we will catch up with our higher population growth rate.

        Now when it comes to physical attributes we cannot do anything and are helpless,so no point in comparing us to the US or australia,but other things can be ‘gap narrowed’ with the right vision and as you call it dreams.Dreams also must be realistic.

        Thanks for your comments.Criticism is my friend and praise my enemy.Thinking different,doing opposite of others,weird guy me.

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          shankar,

          “Thanks for your comments.Criticism is my friend and praise my enemy.Thinking different,doing opposite of others,weird guy me.”

          Good to know this. Very few people can accept criticism and never develop themselves.

          Instead of the IGP and CJ I would send politicians, religious leaders, academics. doctors, midwifes, officers and principals. Anybody else?

          Singapore is a better example for us because there are many different ethnic groups, languages and religions. Even Tamil is an official language there. In Singapore all the groups manage to live in peace without high crime rates. Of course it is not a democracy.

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    The Sinhala race does not have to copy anybody. It should be the separate state of tamil eelam who should copy others because they are still in the barbarian era. The egoists are the tamils who talk about their culture etc. sinhalese if you listen to them they never talk of such things because their culture is taken for granted by them hence they do not have an inferiority complex. Your vision may be to be like Taiwan but do not forget the two states does Taiwan have two states. The vision of all Sri Lankans should be to live together amicably like they are doing in Colombo and copy what ever is good from each other. This is not so difficult unless you want to control other low caste tamils and rape them and punish them etc like you have done for the last 30 years. The people writing in this forum seem to be educated but dont seem to have evolved at all from the barbarian stage which is a reason why they keep finding fault with the Sinhalese all the time. Don’t forget that you have earned your money in the south and taken all the advantages from there and then keep talking badly of them. Do you think that the south of Sri Lanka also belongs to you!!!

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      msd

      ” Do you think that the south of Sri Lanka also belongs to you!!!”

      It does not belong to you either. Its my ancestral land and your homeland is in either Tamil Nadu or Bihar.

      “The people writing in this forum seem to be educated but dont seem to have evolved at all from the barbarian stage which is a reason why they keep finding fault with the Sinhalese all the time”

      Its an amazing observation.

      Maybe you are right they still remain barbarians but have education. In your case you remain a Neanderthal without an education. How did you miss it?

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      msd

      “The Sinhala race does not have to copy anybody.”

      This is exactly what i have been saying of people who have a superior mentality.Their ego will will not let them copy anybody else.Secretly they want others to copy them.Premedasa tried hard to get the world to copy the gamudawa and try and try he might but at last he got nepal or bhutan,i’am not sure which,to come and look at it with a lot of fanfare.i’am not a bhuddhist,but i’am sure the worlds first and best psychologist ever,would have said something about control of the ego.

      “sinhalese if you listen to them they never talk of such things because their culture is taken for granted by them”

      time to time they exhibit it too in 1958,77,81,83 and 2014 aluthgama.

      “Your vision may be to be like Taiwan but do not forget the two states does Taiwan have two states.”

      Over 95% of taiwanese are Han chinese.2.3 % aborogines.

      Srilanka has sinhalese 75%,tamils 15.3%,muslims 9.7%,1 N.Veddha.

      So there is no comparision here.Due to successive governments after independence mishandling ethnic relations in srilanka,a cry for independence has arisen by the tamils traditionally living in the north and east of the country.Whether that cry will subside with better handling of race relations by sinhala dominated governments in the future only god knows.We can only look at the economic and social well being of the country at the moment and select a comparable country in physical and demographic characteristics which is far ahead in economic and social well being and copy what it has done and hope for the best.

      “dont seem to have evolved at all from the barbarian stage which is a reason why they keep finding fault with the Sinhalese all the time.”

      Welcome criticism,without getting angry and try to improve yourself.

      “Do you think that the south of Sri Lanka also belongs to you!!!”

      Of course it does.What makes you think you are the exclusive owners.

      thanks MSD for your valuable comments.I welcome criticism.

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    I thought CT brought the report from the Islet in Jaffna, it would brought out much more information. Many websites have published the arrests of the alleged perpetrators with blood-stained shirt and their name of the parents. It supposed to be family dispute and what lead to the killing of the school girl cannot be condoned.

    Police made typical degrading comment like “She must have gone with her boy friend” to the family, was same as what the Indian police have said to the Rajasthani raped victims’ father. Let the police correct themselves and give priority to the safety of the children/vulnerables.

    Three brothers have been remanded in custody yesterday (15/05/15) until 21/5/2015 by Kayts magistrate Judge Lenin Kumar. The suspects are Poopalasingham Indrakumar, Jeyakumar and Thavakumar – Sons of Poopalasingham and Saroja. The suspects are remanded in Jaffna Prison.

    The victim was taken to derelict house and was found dead in a bush tied her both feet to two different places, her hand tied and placed in the back of her head, mouth stuffed with clothing. Her postmortem has been carried out and elucidated the injuries in medical detail. When her eldest brother found the body in the morning, he fainted and was recovered for many hours. He was hospitalised in the state of shock.

    Police action was quick in action once it was a murder inquiry and a person was arrested initially and the interrogation lead to the arrest of other two.

    One of the perpetrator is known for his Rs.10,000 contract killing gang. It is noteworthy information. The vital question is why Police did not take any action against him on his activities all this time? Why people did not act on such culprit? One of them already has an outstanding case.

    As the guns are not tolerated by the security, no guns are in use in Tamil areas. But the gangs are using swords. Why are they allowing such weapons? Now for girl-friend/boyfriend problems, family disputes and neighbours disputes the gangs are invited by one party or both parties. Then they demonstrate their violence in public and in market places. The mafia culture that permeated Sicily after their civil war should not be allowed in the war affected areas.

    These gangs are expecting social acceptance and trying attend family events, temple celebrations, etc. Everyone must resist them at all costs and ostracise them from public. A special unit in the police must be formed to counter such menace without delay to get the public support.

    Last month when a group of university students on motorbike were chased and attacked by a sword gang. The gang had already inflicted the injuries before they checked the identity and found that they pursued wrong targets. By that time, a student had lost one arm!

    The culture to work with the police is also requires more intake of Tamilians to reflect the social composition in North and East. We also need to spread the policing in all islets, border villages and affected areas. We do not need massive police stations but good network of down-sized police stations. Community policing can be introduced without any further delay.

    Post-trauma treatment and psycho-social support for the war affected community was deliberately denied from Manik farm to Fifth floor torture victims. If anyone serious about growing violence in the community, please please start with the mental health issues, substance & alcohol abuse, tackle unemployment and social degradation.

    The continuing demonstration of the students and in some cases primary school infants holding placards is demanding punishment of Arab standards. Violent disposition is evident. Tyres were burnt on the road and it is taking an ugly turn if the organisers do not bring this matter under control.

    This event has taken the focus away from the remembrance week of the dead! An event the Sinhalese and Tamils should commemorate in the right spirit of reconciliation!! Never again such destruction of human lives

    I await for your responses

    Japan has agreed to expand SL’s telephone services of 1929 for child abuse

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      saroja

      excellent comment.you have given us an insight into this incident and the attendant social problems in those areas in great detail.
      thank you very much.

      Should we send gota the pest controller with his DDT spray to these little islands?i remember he rid colombo of its muslim underworld some time ago with dead bodies strewn all over the place.it was part of his colombo beautifying program.

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      Saroja,

      Thanks for your comment.

      “One of the perpetrator is known for his Rs.10,000 contract killing gang. It is noteworthy information. The vital question is why Police did not take any action against him on his activities all this time?”
      MIght be because of bribes, politics or the usual lethargy. Usually there has to be a written police complaint for them to act.

      “Why people did not act on such culprit?”
      Fear, close relatives, money, politics, shame because of the sexual nature of the crime?

      “One of them already has an outstanding case.”
      95% of criminal cases are dismissed by the courts and this often happens after years of legal process. Without witnesses and evidence nothing happens. Many cases never go to court because the police doesn’t investigate and prosecute. I know that they prefer to force parties to settlement. “Money buys justice” and we are all “innocent until proven guilty”.

      “These gangs are expecting social acceptance and trying attend family events, temple celebrations, etc.”

      They control many events and receive money for doing it. Almost nobody has the guts to resist them. Often there is a cover of a caste based community group that controls one area with political links. The villages are divided based on caste. Temples,churches, cultural centers and even nurseries often are controlled by one caste.

      “The culture to work with the police is also requires more intake of Tamilians to reflect the social composition in North and East. We also need to spread the policing in all islets, border villages and affected areas. We do not need massive police stations but good network of down-sized police stations. Community policing can be introduced without any further delay.”

      Actually the police has already community policing. There are “peace committees”(forgot the official name) in all GS divisions, a police civilian advisory committee etc. Problem is the lack of confidence due to war and the abuses and corruption of the police.

      “Post-trauma treatment and psycho-social support for the war affected community was deliberately denied from Manik farm to Fifth floor torture victims. If anyone serious about growing violence in the community, please please start with the mental health issues, substance & alcohol abuse, tackle unemployment and social degradation.”

      Very little has been done.

      “The continuing demonstration of the students and in some cases primary school infants holding placards is demanding punishment of Arab standards. Violent disposition is evident. Tyres were burnt on the road and it is taking an ugly turn if the organisers do not bring this matter under control.”

      Who are the organisers? Has this been hijacked for political purposes?

      “This event has taken the focus away from the remembrance week of the dead!”

      Just wait and you will see action.

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    The armed struggle of various Militant/Terrorist groups had two Principal objectives; One was the establishment of a Separate State.This was ,however,a mind-set of the Tamil population in the early days of this stupid adventure.The other was to dismantle the social fabric of Tamil society; This has been achieved.What we see now in Jaffna and its environs,at one time,the the cultural centre of the Tamils of Srilanka is the result of this;The creme of Jaffna society have left.The Dregs are destroying what is left behind.

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    Saroja,

    Thanks for your narration. I am glad the suspects have been arrested. No excuse, including caste will mitigate this sordid rape-murder. Police are to be commended for the quick arrest. I have on two occasions recently visited the crime room in a northern police station and had occasion to listen to narrations of complaints and their variety. The police have cause to become cynical, but should avoid hurting the parents and families of such victims. This should be part of their training.

    The caste factor has also been brought in. Was this girl raped and killed because she was of a so-called higher caste? What is relevance. Further, one politician has nostalgically said women were safe during the Tiger reign. He of course failed to explain why it was so and whether he would like justice to be dispensed like the Tigers did!

    Dr.RN

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    SAROJA,tks.for enlightening.There are certain websites,insinuating that the Sinhalese govt.is responsible and still thinking of EELAM.pl.remember what the Tamils need is not EELAM but to establish an economy that can sustain 80,000 widows.Remember even Japan or any other coountry would give aid thro.only the Govt.You should learn to live with Sinhalese whether like it or not and get maximum benefits like the Tamil in Malaysia and Singapore.The separatism started nearly seventy years ago and ended in NANDIKADAL.The 17 million Sinhalese are not going to allow that again.The Tamils wanted a civilian governor and they got it,They wanted some lands to be released and they got it.The Tamils need a new and modern thinking.Establish the economy.Start export orientated economy instead of depending on handouts.The eastern CM has said that they can supply rice to entire Sri Lanka,This is called positive thinking.Jaffna women are clever.Buy sewing machines and establish cottage industries.You also can export palmyrah products and sea products to 3 million Jaffna Tamils living overseas.I am a Jaffna Tamil has seen the Tamil struggle for seventy years of point of no return.One Jaffna Tami born in Jaffna and became Deputy prime minister of mighty Singapore said once you cannot drive forward by looking back.In the coming electinon,please elect sensible leaders like SAMPANTHAN AYA, Sumanthiran who are even respected by USA.They will lead.You are lucky to have WIGGIE and give them all the support.I AM SURE JAFFNA WILL SURVIVE BUT GET RID OF THE MENACES LIKE DRINKING,DRUGS RAPE etc. And go back to studying culture in fortiees and fifties.I have done personally to Sri Lanka what I can in terms of 100000 s of dollars and my times are over.Remember the words of Swamy YOGAR ,EPPAVO MUDINTHE KARIYAM ORU POLLAPUM ILLAI,means all happens according to destiny and no harm.

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    Thank you for your comments Mr Das. This is what all tamils should realise. We are all human beings and there is no use thinking of ourselves as Sinhalese, Tamils, Burgers etc. Reading what Saroja says there are some very grave problems in Jaffna and they have to be sorted out among ourselves meaning the people who are living presently in Jaffna and the south. The sinhalese are very good considerate people and you must appreciate that even in the south some of the biggest and most prosperous business people are tamils and muslims and how could they do well unless the sinhalese are tolerant. We need their help to develop and improve the situation in Jaffna. Looking at what is happening do you think anything is going to improve with a separate state?

    Reply to Shankar
    Sorry this is coming late. I am glad you think you belong to Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka belongs to you. So think as a Sri Lankan and not as a Tamil. The ego of the Sinhalese is not the problem I think it is the otherway around. It is useless everyone thinking about their ancestors and how big they were in the past and ruining the present and and also ruining the future of our children. We have lived together for so many generations and we should take a lesson from the war we had for thirty years. Do you not have any sympathy for all the innocents who died in it for no fault of their own and all the sri lankan soldiers who sacrificed their lives just because some lunatics wanted a separate state. Politicians always bring up any slogan that will help them win an election and of course the people have to undergo the results of their actions. If things were the way they were before Sinhala only came we would have had no problems. Maybe we should have learnt something from what we went through and we should look for the lesson there. One thing I think we should make sure is that people behave in a more humane manner and all sri lankans should ensure that rapes of the sort we were discussing here never happen again. Men in Jaffna should be educated to respect other human beings especially and never, never use rape as a way of punishing someone either the girl or her family.

    And Shankar I agree with you I think Gota is the one to do the job!!

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      Re: “And Shankar I agree with you I think Gota is the one to do the job!!”

      The important question is: Who will punish or expose what unlawful activities, murders Gota has committed? Who will expose his 2 brothers and his sons, and wives who have committed heinous crimes?

      What is the guarantee that the arrested persons are the perpetrtors of the crimes? What if it is another case of “Gopi, Jeyakumari and Vibushikas case. No one believes the police, army, navy and the Sinhala politicians any more!!!

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    What is the proof you have that Gopi, Jayakumari and Vibushika are innocent. If you have the proof now is the time to bring it forward. Various accusations are being made against Gota etc. etc. have they proved anything? We would also like to see the proof please show us.

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      MSD

      What is the proof you have that Gopi, Jayakumari and Vibushika are innocent?

      I think common sense as well as the law dictate, one is innocent until proven guilty.

      But, Srilanka of course is a land like no other! anything is possible.

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    These rapists could be [Edited out]’s men who roam about Pungudutivu
    They should be wiped out of All Islands in North

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