13 December, 2017

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Rape In Peace (Immunity)

By Charles Sarvan

Charles Sarvan

Charles Sarvan

Qadri Ismail, in his ‘Responding to Aluthgama‘ (Groundviews, 10 July 2014) is not writing about Tamils but about the vicious (state-countenanced, if not instigated) attack on Muslims by fanatical Buddhists. Yet passing comments can be revelatory and significant. I quote: “…during and after the war, the Sri Lankan military has systematically raped Tamil women – and, yes, even men – mostly in the north. Not occasionally or in a sudden fit of insanity. Systematically.” (For the full article, click here )

18 July 2014. The media today carries reports that two Tamils girls, aged 10 and 11, were raped in Jaffna by a Sinhalese sailor. The children are receiving treatment in hospital.

Other “incidents” involving adults pass unrecorded for several reasons. A complaint can be made only to the army who are, invariably, the perpetrators: sheep complaining to foxes and wolves about attacks by foxes and wolves. This, in turn, results in bullying and with punishment of different kinds. Why complain when there is no hope of justice and every possibility of further harm? Then there is the factor of shame, particularly in what is a “traditional” society: rape is often simply not talked about, much less reported.

But rape is a form of torture. It has been found that those who have been tortured, or have undergone a similar extreme experience, never recover. They never regain their former self, and remain for ever tortured or raped. In short, what was a single happening is, in fact, life-long.

Rape has both physical and psychological effects, among the latter are:-

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – feelings of severe anxiety and stress

Depression

Flashbacks – memories of rape as if it is taking place again

Personality disorder

Sleep disorders

Guilt and shame

Distrust of others; uneasy in everyday social situations

Sudden anger

Feelings of personal powerlessness – victims feel the rapist robbed them of control over their bodies

Suicide or attempted suicide

In Sri Lanka, in the areas occupied by the army – more in the North than in the East – a whole population has been delivered to security personnel to do what they will with them. Even Sinhalese civilians can act as they please vis-à-vis the Tamils knowing that the army and the police are with them.

This state of affairs is not dramatic, such as the shooting down of a Malaysian plane or the onslaught on Gaza, and so the world is unaware and, being unaware, unheeding.

I quote from Colombo Telegraph, 18 July 2014:

“The Colombo High Court sentenced UPFA strongman and former Tangalle Pradeshiya Sabha Chairman Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana and three individuals to 20 years rigorous imprisonment for the murder of British national Khuram Shaikh and raping his girlfriend in December 2011.

There was heavy lobbying worldwide for the prosecution of Shaikh’s killers to which included the British government as well as the MP for Shaikh’s home constituency – Rochdale, Simon Danzuk. The delay in the proceedings of the murder case turned into a major issue in the run-up to the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo last year, which prompted the main suspect -Vidanapathirana’s indictment that was carried out soon after the conclusion of CHOGM last year.

Vidanapathirana and five others were accused of brutally murdering British national and International Red Cross worker Khuram Shaikh at a hotel in Tangalle on Christmas Eve of 2011. The men were also charged with assaulting and raping Shaikh’s girlfriend Victoria Alexandrona.”

Irrespective of the skin-colour, ethnicity or the class of the victim, rape is a heinous and utterly despicable crime; one that, by implication, shames all men. However, having said that, one notes the factors leading to conviction in this particular case:  Khuram Shaikh was not only a British national but an employee of the International Red Cross. His female friend was not from some third-world country but a Russian national. Pressure was brought to bear on the Sri Lankan government by the British government at the highest level. In short, much was at stake for Sri Lanka. (No doubt, Sampath Chandrapushpa Vidanapathirana will receive special treatment while incarcerated and perhaps, as has already been suggested, once “the dust dies down” and attention shifts, his sentence will quietly be commuted for good behaviour.)

What then of the rape of anonymous women, “faceless”, voiceless and helpless? That such crimes are not vigorously investigated and most severely punished is a damning indictment of the government. At the least, by its inaction, the government is found to be guilty. It is particularly sad and ironic of an Island that claims to preserve the teachings of the Buddha is in its purest form. The essence of Buddhism is not power; not violence, bullying and rape but high morality and deep compassion. When a sailor, a member of the state’s armed forces commits rape with impunity then, finally, the state is the rapist.

Is it nothing to you, all you who pass by? (Lamentations, 1:12)

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    But unfortunately the Sumansekera doctrine will disagree with you and say
    “post Nanthikadal all such dastardly things are permissible as long as your in the ruling party and that’s the way of life for the majority inhabitants which we want to preserve and which the diasporians and jihadists are trying to scuttle” ;-)

    over to you K A Sumasekera for your further thoughts!

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      Peace Lover

      Charles Sarvan writes

      “18 July 2014. The media today carries reports that two Tamils girls, aged 10 and 11, were raped in Jaffna by a Sinhalese sailor.”

      JimSofty, sach, wathie, Banda, I am no human, OTC, mechanic, Navin, Paul-iban, …………… demand to see the video clip which shows those children were being raped.

      These horrible things don’t happen because this is Sinhala/Buddhists country. Tamils are conspiring with International Community to tarnish the country’s image.

      Where is David Blacker?

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    Rape In Peace (Immunity)

    “Qadri Ismail, in his ‘Responding to Aluthgama‘ (Groundviews, 10 July 2014) is not writing about Tamils but about the vicious (state-countenanced, if not instigated) attack on Muslims by fanatical Buddhists.”

    fanatical Buddhists.

    Yes, they are fanatical Para-Sinhalese Buddhists.

    They are paras, foreigners from South India.

    So, Expose, Expose and expose.

    Identify the culprits.

    Publish their names., their locations. Print and Put on the internet and everywhere.

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    What about the investigation into murders of many Tamils?

    Trinco5, Muttur17, parliamentarians, priests, journalists, …….

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    If the small brats are committing these crimes ,Imagine what the big boys are up to.

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    The rape was committed by the soldiers of the army of occupation in the north. Rape is a weapon of war. The victims have been maimed till they die. The perpetrators should be deemed war criminals and dealt with accordingly.Bensen

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    They will be tried in Court-Martial and aquitted from all charges!!!
    Make sure he/they go to a civilian court and get a maximum punishment.
    Name and Shame those Naval B********s!!!!

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