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Sri Lanka’s Daughter

By Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Before the protests, before this became a debate about race, political affiliations, and law, even before her body was found, happened something that happens every day in Sri Lanka. Something that we need to talk about. It doesn’t matter if she’s Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or Burgher. She’s a citizen of this country. She’s a daughter; Sri Lanka’s daughter. Every day an average of 18 girls are raped in Sri Lanka. This is an issue that has gone unaddressed for far too long. And it’s time we start looking for long term solutions to it. 

Every 90 minutes a girl or a woman in Sri Lanka is forced to have non-consensual sex. This is no coincidence. In societies with education systems that promote male superiority, don’t address the concept gender equality and respecting women, or the ethics of sex, and the only sex education men and women get is through pornography and antiquated societal norms and gender stereotypes, of course there will be high rates of rape. We live in a society where girls are taught from a very young age that they have to be careful, and behave a certain way, unlike boys. Our culture is built upon disciplining girls, although, every day, it is mostly men who commit crimes against women.

While those responsible for the rape and murder of Vidya will be brought in front of the law, nothing can bring back Vidya or justice the inhumanity faced by the thousands of girls raped in Sri Lanka every year. The law can only prosecute, it cannot protect. I believe the only sustainable solution to this: is education. We, as a culture need to rethink the fundamentals of how we bring up our children and the education system that we put them through. Think about the gender inequality we promote through it, the way we carefully ingrain to the minds of society that women are inferior to men.

We neglect sex education to such an extent that Sri Lanka is ranked number one in the world for googling the term ‘sex’. Most of the porn industry is fundamentally dominated by the idea of objectifying women. It fantasizes situations like gang-rape. It promotes the concept of women being inferior, and mere sexual objects. In Sri Lanka’s culture, the objectification of women is at such a high level that “baduwa,” the Sinhala term used in our society to casually objectify women, directly translates to “object.” Why are we so reluctant to educate our children about gender equality and consent? Why are we so shy and resistant towards having open conversations with our children about respectful intimacy, the issue of sexual harassment and the unjust and inhumane nature of it? We shouldn’t just be educating children about sex as a means of reproduction (as our national school curriculum does right now). We should teach them about intimacy and the concept of consent and respect that it involves. We have been using “our culture” as a defense against sex education for far too long and it is girls like Vidya that pay the price for it every single day. The price has come to a point that we can’t afford.

It is too late to educate most men about gender equality. I learn this every day from the amount of sexism that I face and have faced since I was a child. But, this shouldn’t discourage us. Our goal must not be to fix the broken but to set up policies that ensure the safety of the unbroken, the unborn; those who are forced by society to be broken. Recognizing the fact that it is too late for some, that there are many who are too broken to fix, is the first step to accomplishing change. They should be our motivation, our stepping stone. If we start now, our children and their children may not have to experience the unjust, unspeakable, inhumane violence that Vidya did. Education reform is the only way.

*Thisuri Wanniarachchi, 21, is the author of novels The Terrorist’s Daughter and Colombo Streets. She is Sri Lanka’s youngest State Literary Award winner and the world’s youngest national nominee to the prestigious Iowa International Writers’ Program. She is currently an undergraduate student and full scholar of Bennington College studying Political Economy and Education Reform.

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    Many will feel the anguish and frustration that is so evident in your excellent article. As a Sri Lankan man, I feel ashamed to acknowledge the sorry fact that so many of our men behave with scant respect for their mothers, sisters and daughters. This is a problem for ALL of us. We have created a nation with high literacy and erudition, and yet many of us behave like barbarians. It is clear that we must do better to educate our people in the social graces of modern society. That must be supported by a swift and rigorous imposition of the law (that already exists) for those who don’t get the message. The challenge is not insurmountable, and those at the political apex need to keep the task in constant focus.

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      Dear Ms. Thisuri Wanniarachchi

      “Something that we need to talk about. It doesn’t matter if she’s Sinhala, Tamil, Muslim or Burgher. She’s a citizen of this country. She’s a daughter; Sri Lanka’s daughter. Every day an average of 18 girls are raped in Sri Lanka. This is an issue that has gone unaddressed for far too long. And it’s time we start looking for long term solutions to it. “

      “Every 90 minutes a girl or a woman in Sri Lanka is forced to have non-consensual sex. “

      Rape and murder, gang rape and murder, the culprits are treating the women and girls as disposables. So, the society as well, need to threat the culprits disposables, to be discarded. That is where the core problem lies.

      Given below are how some other societies have dealt with this problem.

      So the Statistics are:

      1) One 18-year girl/day = 365, 18-year olds/year.

      What about the 6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15,16 and 17-year old girls?

      What about the 19, 20, 21-30, 31-40, 41-50, 51-60,61-70,71-89,81-90, 91-100 year old women. after all, the rapists are looking for a depository for their scum.

      2.) 1 Women/90 minutes = 16 Women/day = 5,840 women-year.

      Lanka, inhabited by the Paras have a long way to go. The Native Vedda Aethho had and have better ethics.

      Rape punishment in India

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlDHBbPC31k

      Death Penalty Execution for Raping Woman in India

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUsTtXb9g-8

      10 Countries And Their Shocking Death Penalty Laws

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LluEqHF7HVA

      Top 10 – WORST COUNTRIES TO BE A WOMAN

      Somalia, Saudi-Arabia, Pakistan, Guatemala, Sudan, Nepal,Iraq, “Democrati” Republic of Congo, Afghanistan.
      60% “Islamic” Countries. 40% Non-Islamic Countries.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7siLbUZEHSQ

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        Reproducing a punchinilame post on the police officer comments
        punchinilame
        May 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm

        Source: Daily Mirror Shamila Daluwatte

        “Today Vithiya Sivaloganadan: Who’s next?

        First they raped Manamperi And buried her body alive I did not speak Because there was an insurrection Then they came for women in Kahawatte I did not speak Because I was not from Kahawatte

        Then they came for women in Nuriwatte I did not speak Because I did not live in Nuriwatta

        Then, they came for Women in the North I did not speak, because Krishanthi Kumaraswami, Koneshwari, Isaipriya They were not my sisters

        Then they came for women with a different skin colour Eight men gang-raped Victoria Alexandra I did not speak Because she was just a foreigner

        Then they gruesomely gang-raped Rita John Stabbed her body fifteen times Left her murdered body on the Modera Beach I did not speak Because she was an Indian
        She was asking for trouble By walking on the beach with her jewellery in the evening

        Then they gang raped a woman in Wijerama I did not speak Because she was just a prostitute

        Then they raped hundreds of virgins And celebrated with champagne in Akuressa and Monaragala I did not speak Because I was too scared of politicians

        Then they raped Logarani Threw her naked body into a sacred temple

        Then they gang raped Saranya Selvarasa I did not speak

        Finally they raped Vithiya Sivaloganadan I did not speak Because she is Tamil She lived on a small island in Kayts”

        By Shamila Daluwatte – See more at:

        http://www.dailymirror.lk/73401/recognising-factors-behind-the-jaffna-hartal#sthash.DQNDzM6S.dpuf

        punchinilame
        May 23, 2015 at 4:35 pm
        Reply

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      Spring Koha

      “This is a problem for ALL of us. We have created a nation with high literacy and erudition, and yet many of us behave like barbarians.”

      This is a problem for ALL of us. We have created a Para-Nation in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, and proudly claims to be Propud Ancient Para-Civilization with high literacy and ERECTIONS, and yet many of us behave like and indeed are barbarians, the politicians not excluded.

      The Native Veddah Aeythho, to whom the Land belongs had and have better Ethics.

      The Vedda Tribe

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f89NuukY32U

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      I can’t wait for when Thisuri is in Parliament fighting and debating to implement these reforms. :)

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      The cat is out of the bag. Please watch this video for more details.

      [Edited out]

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        Silva

        “The cat is out of the bag. Please watch this video for more details.”

        Edited out link. Right to information? What happened?

        Can you give the key works so that the word combination can be Googles or U-Tubed?

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      Thisuri Wanniarachchi [Edited out] False Over Drametic stories.. Rape is the Worst Crime On this Eart. Yet its far more worse in nations that has not even gone through a Brutal Civil war. And PROTEST.. People like Thisuri Wanniarachchi and Colombo Telegraph would jump at the Chance espically in the NOrth to use such incidents as a Political Too and Create Non-exitant false narrative.. Like the SO called ‘Police officer Racil Slur’ Yet to any Sinhala speaker its the Usual Typical BAd Policing found every where in the nation and NOT Racial at all.. And to see Colombo telehraph Narrative, It carried every protest in SL to do with a certain Exresident and Family at the Bribery Commision and more. Yet these PROTEST IN JAFFNA WERE NOT COVERED. why???? IF ANY TAMIL SPEAKER HEARD THE NOW ONLINE VIDEO’S OF THESE PROTESTERS One would Instantly understand it a LYNCH MOOB SEEKING BLOOD’ and not justice. Sopething CMB Telegraph trying hard not to show us and WHY???

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        Aney Janaka or who ever you are, an Another H K P T.

        Sitting on the Brain[HaraK PaTiyek].

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          JULAMPITIYE AMARAYA

          Probably Lal loo’s script writer is typing for janaka as well.

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    this is gross crime and vengeance, as per the story to take revenge from mother of the deceased. This happened in one of the most remote parts of the country where majority struggling day in and day out to find food, clothing and shelter. We believe, more than respecting the female many other things matters here including the war in this area for 30 odd years. We spent few days in this island two months ago and the people are culturally rich. as an example ” no whistling at girls alone in the public” as it happen in many other parts of the island. They give way to any female before getting into ferry which it connect to the main land and behave well in the journey.

    Do make a trip to this area and see with your own eyes where lot of avenues to learn much in Sociology and various other aspects. These islands is a Blue Ocean for Social works to help our bothers and sisters.

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    I wonder if your estimates of the number of women raped in Sri Lanka are correct if they are then we certainly have a lot to worry about.

    What most Sri Lankans and Sinhalese do not under stand is that rape in the north is a different problem altogether. The culture of the tamils has been that they use rape to subjugate women and also the parents of daughters. If you have the power you establish the power by raping the women. This should be an area of study for the future. In the past you hear that when a war was won between two nations the nation which wins goes on a rampage raping the women etc. This system sad to say is still operating in Jaffna and it is absolutely necessary the people should be educated on this.

    In the case under question the girl was raped because her mother opted to give evidence against someone in the courts. This kind of act should never happen in this day and age. This is barbaric.

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      ” they use rape to subjugate women “

      Bad habits imported from India. One of the alleged culprits had come all the way from a civilized country, Switzerland.

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        Ramuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu Sammy

        “Bad habits imported from India.”

        For a change you are right.

        Sri Lankans have been importing all sorts of things from India Gene, Languages, Religions, Culture, Music, Dance, Myth, Vellaikkara padei, Labour, Royal blue blood, culinary, thugs, pirates, may be your great grandfather, ………… probably it is in your imported gene.

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        Ram , Ram, Siva Ram

        “Bad habits imported from India. One of the alleged culprits had come all the way from a civilized country, Switzerland.

        From Para-Countries India and Switzerland. What do they have in Common? Tamils? Vellala Tamils?

        No Question they are Para-Tamils, in the Land of Native Veddah Aethho.

        Paras, please go back to your Paradeshi -Land, and do your rapings over there, nor on the sacred soil of Native Veddah Aethho.

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          Amarasiri,

          A nine year old was raped by a 43 yearl old man, a father of two children in Gokarella yesterday. The girls father died years ago and the mother was in Middle East. The man had lured the girl by inviting her to show the birds in the nearby jungle and then taken her to a boutique and raped her.

          Where do we send this barbarian to rape more? Pls advise!

          Why don’t you stay out of the issues in the North and east and concentrate on the South? You can make very valuable contribution I am sure. In this forum, I have tried to bring the attention of the people of the trouble that rest of the island is facing. To me it looks like some like you are hell-bent on the north/east issue and just don’t realize how the rest of the island is rotting!

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            Japwatch

            1. “Where do we send this barbarian to rape more? Pls advise! “

            How are the others handling it. Just Google or U Tube, Punishments for Rapists. Killings still happen in all countries with death penalties. The killers and rapists believe that they will not be caught. Cuba sent them to USA in the boat lift. Can we send them to India?

            Lanka, the Land inhabited by the Paras have a long way to go. The Native Vedda Aethho had and have better ethics. Rape punishment in India.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlDHBbPC31k

            Death Penalty Execution for Raping Woman in India

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUsTtXb9g-8

            2. “A nine year old was raped by a 43 yearl old man, a father of two children in Gokarella yesterday. “

            I am sure the 43-year old man was a Sinhala Buddhist who voted for Mahinda Rajapaksa and his cronies. He must have thought, well these guys rape and kill, and why can’t I do the same. He also must have thought that our Monks, Ape Hamuduruwo, lie, damage proprieties and kill, and why can’t I do tat too.

            So, the 43-year old must have been a Sinhala Buddhist.

            What was the need for the mother of the girl to go abroad to make a living? Cumulative misgovern of the successive politicians, mostly Sinhala Buddhist Politicians.

            You know the rest of the story.

            3. “Why don’t you stay out of the issues in the North and east and concentrate on the South?”

            When people in the North Screw things up, it is the rest of the country that foots the expenses and are called upon to address it, because it is still one country, the Land of Native Veddah Aethho, populated by the Paras, weather Para-Sinhala, Para-Tamil, Para-Muslim, Para-Malay or Para-Burgher or any other recent Para.

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      And you think that women are not raped in the rest of the country? What ignorance! Yours is a very racist idea.

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    SOme valid concerns are raised by Thisuri.

    “We live in a society where girls are taught from a very young age that they have to be careful, and behave a certain way, unlike boys. Our culture is built upon disciplining girls, although, every day, it is mostly men who commit crimes against women.”

    My feeling we need to address this 2 different manner.

    1. Education from school level to instill a culture to treat girls with respect same as his mother and sisters.

    2. Impose some strict legal measure to punish rapists.

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      The previous govt. had been boasting about Samudhi and other benefits for the poor but looking at Sri Lankan Airlines and now the Cricket team one wonders how many poor women had to do sexual favours to get those benefits. Even minister posts?

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    What about the thousands of Tamil women raped by the Sri Lankan army before the war during pogroms, from 1983 to 2009, and after 2009 in the concentration camps? Do they not benefit from the “liberal Sinhalese” (chauvinist with a nice facade) sympathy?

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      Rangan,
      Your sentiments are right.Would this incident have caused such an up roar to this extent if the perpetuators were belonged to armed forces. Sinhalese are freely expressing their disgust as the involved parties are all Tamil.
      We have to move from this mind set. Our journalists should highlight the crimes of every corner of the country disregarding who is involved.Then only we can build a free and fair society.I am Sinhalese But i can understand what you are trying to say.Hope fully with the new government things will change slowly and hope that racist corrupt regime will never capture power again in this land. They have done an equal damage as comparable to Barbaric LTTE.

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    It is pathetic these things happen in a country boasting about religions of Buddhism, Christianity, Hindusiam and Islam. and boast of a civilised culture from ancient Times. What the religious chapters are doing.? Anything can be done to animals????

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    Any society has certain percentage of people with abnormal sexual desire and ignorance. Silence of the rest people on their offences is a crime too. Result is a physically softer girls are raped in every 90 mins as Thusiri pointed out.. This is a right purpose and right time to get angry as Aristotle says. Our brothers and sisters in Jaffna may not have exercised the right amount of anger but being silent is a bigger crime…

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    Source: Daily Mirror – Shamila Daluwatte:-
    “Today Vithiya Sivaloganadan: Who’s next?

    First they raped Manamperi
    And buried her body alive
    I did not speak
    Because there was an insurrection

    Then they came for women in Kahawatte
    I did not speak
    Because I was not from Kahawatte

    Then they came for women in Nuriwatte
    I did not speak
    Because I did not live in Nuriwatta

    Then, they came for Women in the North
    I did not speak, because
    Krishanthi Kumaraswami, Koneshwari, Isaipriya
    They were not my sisters

    Then they came for women with a different skin colour
    Eight men gang-raped Victoria Alexandra
    I did not speak
    Because she was just a foreigner

    Then they gruesomely gang-raped Rita John
    Stabbed her body fifteen times
    Left her murdered body on the Modera Beach
    I did not speak
    Because she was an Indian
    She was asking for trouble
    By walking on the beach
    with her jewellery in the evening

    Then they gang raped a woman in Wijerama
    I did not speak
    Because she was just a prostitute

    Then they raped hundreds of virgins
    And celebrated with champagne
    in Akuressa and Monaragala
    I did not speak
    Because I was too scared of politicians

    Then they raped Logarani
    Threw her naked body into a sacred temple
    Then they gang raped Saranya Selvarasa
    I did not speak

    Finally they raped
    Vithiya Sivaloganadan
    I did not speak
    Because she is Tamil
    She lived on a small island in Kayts”

    By Shamila Daluwatte
    – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/73401/recognising-factors-behind-the-jaffna-hartal#sthash.DQNDzM6S.dpuf

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    Excellent and profound presentation.

    I am deeply grateful to Thisuri Wanniarachchi for your effort to unfold the reality in Sri Lanka.

    Most men and boys are mentally sick.

    Numerous incidents which happen in SL are always globally circulated.

    That country should not be like India.

    Criminals and perpetrators must be severely punished.

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    Rape is a psycho-social problem affecting all parts of Sri Lanka. Today’s Daily Mirror carries the story of a nine year old who was raped by a 43 year old man in Gokarella area.

    As Thisuri clearly states, and Shamila Daluwatte describes in her poetry, it has nothing to do with region. It is the value the Sri Lankan men have given to the female gender. Raise the awareness of rape and other related violent acts and teach the women to protect themselves from this barbaric act.

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    Beautifully written. Much needed narrative. Thisuri, you are the most progressive Sri Lankan voices of our time. Keep writing. Keep fighting!

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    We women must ask for a new woman
    force .So that being a woman she will feel the hurt and humiliation and the fear women face. Proper policies and new laws to be implemented.If not very soon the women going to team up to voice for Change.

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    Education and Examination Reform is a must and need to be done immediately. 50% of Grade 11 (GCE OL) students are pushed out on the streets every year. to roam the streets. 50% of those who go to study AL are pushed out too. Both groups are given no employable skills during their stay at school. Most of them get their learning from Tutories. To change the teaching the National examinations need to be changed.

    It is difficult to find a school where teachers and prefects administer Corporal punishment. October and November before the OL exams are when according to students and teachers surveyed hitting students by teachers are the highest – it is two months before the OL exams.

    Domestic violence by men to women in the family is rampant. Community policing to support police is key to stop such violence.

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    well done girl, keep it coming please.. more strength to your pen.

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    1.Let’s practise the gist of the philosophy of our chosen religion.
    Let’s not have a state religion and relegate our duty to the ”state”.
    2.Let’s practise 1. daily as far as possible.
    Let’s not have ”Poys Days” and relegate it to ”Poya Days”.

    We do so many ”rituals” about religion that we fail to infuse our lives with religious philosophy.

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    Thisuri Wanniarachchi, you claim to be the the world’s youngest national nominee to the prestigious Iowa International Writers’ Program”. As far as I know, the last Sri Lankan to have been nominated for this was Ameena Hussein. I wonder how you could be nominated for this particular program when Sri Lanka has long since been banned from that list? Based on this fact alone, I do wonder how much of your “reviews”, opinions and writings we can actually believe.

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    The article brings forward important points but I have to say that it’s structured poorly. It’s preachy to suggest something as vast as “education” as a solution because when done right, education is really the only solution to many of humanity’s problems. Further, contrary to what the writer mentions, there is ample research evidence that shows having and implementing laws will not only prosecute but also protect women against gender-based crime. The article states pretty much everything that’s wrong with our society and unfortunately, people already know a lot of it. The issue is that detailed and appropriate solutions are never presented. Having said that, the young writer does shed light on issues that need to be discussed. Discussions that should be proactive, productive and presents good, lasting solutions.

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    I think we are all responsible collectively for what we call our “culture”, since we all have willingly or unwillingly participated in it.

    Some aspects of our culture that fosters disrespect:
    – use of rape as punishment for women/girls who “misbehave” – often girls are taught that they need to not wear certain outfits, or travel alone at certain times of the day because they may be raped. This type of warning tends to make the girls who get raped feel it was their own fault that they got raped. Thus the victim becomes the culprit not the actual rapist!

    – the silence of the family when a girl is molested. It is said that her “reputation” has been sullied and no one would want to marry her! It should be the rapist’s reputation that should get sullied, not the victims! The only way to prevent this complicity is to change the society to accept the fact that a woman who has been violated is not “damaged goods”. She is in fact a survivor who should be proud of her strength to overcome such a traumatic violation.

    – the often societally-sanctioned molestation of servants – boys and girls by their masters. While racists in CT have ridiculed the Sinhalese as sending their daughters and wives to get raped by Arabs, such deplorable behavior happens right here in SL. once again the culprits are not the women or their family members, but the rapists! Racialzing rape is another strategy of avoiding responsibility. It matters naught what language a rapist speaks – he only knows the language of violence.

    -the last aspect of our collective culture is the trauma of war. Each of our ethnic communities have become militarized and people subjugated by men with guns to such as extent, that people have internalized the mantra “might is right”. Thus politicians, SLA personnel, the various “security agencies”, thugs control vast segments of our daily lives through intimidation. Such intimidation is just another variation of the intimidation against women using the threat of rape.

    How can we all clean up our culture?

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    There are clearly two issues. One highlighted here correctly of the sri lanka wide issue but more concerning is the impunity in the army occupied north where it is one a different scale. Government has changed but little else, particularly in the Tamil north-east.

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    I have said before and I say it again. The only effective punishment for ‘proved’ rape is not the death penalty. Its castration.

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      essie

      “he only effective punishment for ‘proved’ rape is not the death penalty. Its castration.”

      Then half the country will be left with men without “b***s”.

      In the New Delhi gang-rape case the victim was repeatedly raped with foreign objects as her friend said “The driver and the other men raped my friend and hit her in the worst possible ways in the most private parts of her body,”

      For a pervert any object is good enough to rape a woman. According to many witnesses members of the Sri Lankan armed forces had raped them with pipes, barbed wire, sticks , etc.

      Would castration of these men stop their inhuman actions towards both men and women when their perverted mind dictate what they should think and do?

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    what a piece of writing. Appreciate your analytical skills. Pls continue your writing.

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    I have read Tamil reports where the word used for rape is kedukkirathu as in Keduththirukkiraarhal — they have spoilt her. The point, thought out or by habit, is that the woman raped is spoilt goods, unfit for any man. This was underscored by a woman friend who said “It is better she was killed. What is the point of living after that rape.” Again this reinforced the belief that a raped woman is “damaged goods,” a woman as a thing for man.

    A women’s NGO lady who should know better, when I questioned her on her use of the word, did not see the point — she simply responded “Kedukkirathu is the Tamil word for rape. What is wrong?”

    Perhaps re-education is called for?

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      Word for rape is paliyal vanmurai or paliyal thushpiroyagam

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    Ameena Hussein,

    while I do not usually respond to defamatory comments, yours is a strong allegation and I feel I must respond to you with this letter by the United States Ambassador to Sri Lanka confirming my nomination to the Iowa Writers Program and other credentials.

    https://thisuriwanniarachchi.files.wordpress.com/2014/10/us-ambassador.pdf

    I hope your concerns were addressed and you feel better.
    Best,
    Thisuri Wanniarachchi

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      In Sri Lanka there is a large body of people without credentials or achievements who attack those who have them.

      Do not respond. I think they are in minority although they are vocal.

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    As a Sri Lankan Buddhist, I feel very ASHAMED ON OUR Society, as it has gone to the so low level,
    Mainly because of our so called Politicians.
    A 99% of them are not selected by the People, But by the Leaders henchmen, Who are mostly corrupt business men and Thugs.

    Then We have Become a solely depending Nation of EARNING FROM WOMEN.

    Is this the way We treat our Women for the Services they do for us????.
    Where have gone our cultural etiquettes and religious beliefs of Women????????.
    If these tragedies happening and goes on like this,
    What will happen to the Mothers and Sisters, who are at home.

    Then those Maniacs will trying to rape their own Mothers and Sisters Also.????
    This Should be STOPPED IMMIDIAETLY.
    For The mayhem happened at Jaffna District, Sri Lanka Police Department Take the responsibility and those higher officers who were there to be punished.

    And RAPISTS MUST BE HANGED OR SHOT TO DEATH, When found guilty by the Law.

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    S.R.H.Hoole
    I suggest that you must go into the deeper meaning of kedukkirathu in Tamil. While rape specifies a physical act kedukirathu or spoilt illustrates just not the physical act but the destruction of the entire being or the ‘soul’ of a person. Spoilt is to destroy the quality or the value of and in specific sense the inner being or the spirit or the soul of the victim in this context.
    With all its conservatism, it is very creditable that Jaffna has regained its soul in its spontaneous rising-up and the strong condemnation of this brutal act of terror against the women coming out of its self imposed “silence” after a very long time amidst armed intimidation.
    Read Shamila daluwatte’s poem in Daily Mirror and you will know how silent the communities had been against this heineous act. I wish the progressives in the majority community will speak against the ‘modus operandi’ of using rape as a weapon against the Tamil women during the pogrammes and after May 2009 by the armed forces. There is plenty of documentary evidence to proove this. I hope you will educate the wider society in enligtening them rather than criticising a community that has stood up against this mode of subjugation directed at it from any section of the society – in this instance by Tamil men with political influence from the local area.
    daya thevi

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      Days thanks for clarifying that.

      I am surprised that people haughtily give their views and comments on this forum assuming that they have a good command of the language be it english, Sinhala or tamil and in one instance I read French too.

      Commentors were translating the word “thamuselage” and giving their interpretation literally. It would be good to learn the contextual meaning before they show their ignorance.

      Keep up your good work.

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    Why would the Sinhalese government care that a Tamil girl is raped and murdered, when they were doing this during the civil war??? And we denying war crimes and genocide?!? Real justice will never be served regardless if your Tamil or a poor Sinalese because Sri Lanka is ruled by wealthy corrupt elite that steal from their own people and pretend like they give a shit about the State! DOWN WITH FASCISTS!!!

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    Where and how did you arrive at that statistic on every ninety minutes unless you picked it up in a an anti men women and gender study class in the US?

    THIS is NOT to reduce the disgusting violent attacks on women but 19% of freshmen women are sexually molested in the US. What about those men who are christian?

    Introduce death penalty and life time jail for rapists. But there’s the more hidden and insidious issue of child abuse by pedophiles, fathers, siblings, child abuse, catholic priests etc too ..

    I think the culture of impunity has gone on for too long. My sisters who live ib sri lanka say [Edited out]

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    The part played by the police in this whole saga is disgusting. This is why the people of Pungudutivu rose up against this injustice.

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    The use of ‘rule of law’ got neglected and culprits continue to go unpunished without any conviction in many rape cases and crimes. It’s all the result of bad governance for years, especially under MARA, a rule of dirty political climate was created for their conveniences. Successive governments purposely ignored punishing criminals, especially the crimes carried out by racial thuggery, rape and destruction of lives and properties during every riot, sponsored by the state against Tamils.
    Anyone can get away with rape or even murder if they have correct political connection. Previous regimes used criminals for many political purposes and they did every crime they wanted to do without any fear of punishment and a culture was created. MATA wanted to even bring a law for the rape victims to be married to the rapists ! What a moronic law it would have been ?

    Even the ‘heroic’ Lankan forces did the most rapes and murders of Tamils with the blessing of all these horrible governments for so long and they are all used to carry out such crimes, unpunished for decades. Many war criminals and rape criminals in the forces are promoted to high ranking positions in the forces or given plumb diplomatic positions to foreign countries. The most prominent recent example was the promotion appointment of Major Jagath Dias as the Chief of Staff ! These kind of promotions of ‘suspected’ unpunished war criminal ‘heroes’ have become so common among the forces and they continue to go on doing rapes and murders without any fear and possibly expecting promotions for doing those heinous crimes. Crimes are encouraged in Lankan nation for so long, it has become an un-eradicatable decease !

    Why blame the culprits now ?!! They will continue to do it without any fear of prosecution.

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    Our daughters must feel safe to go to school. Our daughters MUST be protected from evil men who take their frustrations out of innocent girls and women. There should be tighter laws and the most severe punishments, so that these scumbags know that there will be severe consequences for such brutal crimes. We look at India with horror when we hear terrible stories of helpless women being raped by gangs of uncivilized men, and it seems statistics show we are no better. I hope these scoundrels are found and locked up forever. They are a danger to society and young girls.

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      Manel,

      That was very heat-warming. I wish you could say this in a louder voice so that it can be heard by all. I would also like to say that “I wish the Sri Lankan mothers will stop going abroad for work leaving their children back”.

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