29 July, 2021

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The Green Cabin Rape

By Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

You may have heard the story of Ahmed Mohamed, the 14-year old student who was arrested after bringing a home-made clock to school. While we were distracted by Ahmed and the Bomb, we missed the story of four guys from Green Cabin suspected of raping an autistic 23-year old. Let’s leave the US to its Islamophobia for a moment and look at something closer to home.

KK

This, I’m told, is KK (name is withheld), standing there in the white shirt. KK is the 23-year old we’re talking about. Everything I’ve seen, heard and read about KK shows him to be exceptional. It’s very rare for autistic individuals in Sri Lanka to integrate into society, let alone hold jobs, and KK seems to have managed a certain level of both.

This is where things go downhill. In the words of his sister, who took to Facebook to raise awareness on the issue,

“He had been working at Green Cabin for three years when on June 12th 2015 he finally broke his silence and told us about how he had been repeatedly raped and abused by 4 fellow employees while at work.

KK doesn’t understand the concept of time and when asked for how long it had been happening all he said was ‘for a long time’. He was clear about the fact that it happened on Saturdays and he gave us very detailed descriptions of what they had done to him.

Green Cabin RapeIn an interview with Daily Mirror, more details were unearthed: KK had two friends – Kelum and Nilantha. Whatever was done to him was done when these two weren’t around. The GMO reportedly confirmed the sexual abuse.

“These four men were arrested and produced at the Gangodawila Magistrates court and after 3 weeks they were all given bail. They are now walking our streets free, they are living their lives while KK is trying very hard to gather together the shambles of his life and is finding it impossible to do so.

He, the victim, is continuing to be victimized as these monsters are roaming about and he is unable to even travel by himself out of fear. Travelling alone was something he took a lot of pride in as developing that level of independence in a child with special needs was no easy task.

He is now without a job and unable to understand why it was his life that changed and his life that has been compromised after having gone through so much while the people who did it to him are relatively unaffected.

He doesn’t understand why he, who did nothing wrong is not being helped by the system and society he worked so hard to fit into.

Becoming a productive, independent citizen while having special needs is not something many can boast about but KK did it. And this is what happened to him.”

TL;DR: they abused him. And then they walked. This happened in June.

The first hearing was held at the Gangodawila Magistrate’s Court yesterday. I’m told it was to be postponed to 8th October.

There are times when the Internet genuinely surprises you, and this was one of them. KK’s sisters’ outpouring brought a veritable army of Facebook supporters and people blasting Green Cabin. It even summoned people willing to stand outside and support KK.

But what of Green Cabin?

Not a peep in public. I’ve searched, but I cannot seem to find a single statement made by Green Cabin on the matter. In private, they’ve sent KK a letter pointing out that he hasn’t reported for work and might lose his job. The whole issue regarding this was met with flat denial.

This, not to put too fine a word on it, sucks. Autism brings with it incredible difficulties, and it’s sickening to see someone like this put down by something like this. In the words of the late Terry Pratchett, there is no justice – there is just us.

There’s a lot of buzz as to what should be done to Green Cabin. To be fair to them, they may not have been aware of what was going on – but one would expect them to have the decency, or at least a smidgeon of marketing tact, and put out something in public.

Personally, I’d like to see all of these buggers castrated if found guilty. Unfortunately, Sri Lankan law has thus far been notoriously lenient on rapists. Rape is a heinous crime, regardless of whether it’s a man or woman on the receiving end. It should be treated as such. Suspects should not be out and about cooking your meals and swapping stories and possibly eyeing the next kid in line.

Let’s rewind. There’s no great moral here, except for the fact that the Green Cabin, Colombo 03’s favourite lunchtime haunt, has something very sickening going on inside it. Just be careful next time you order your favourite lamprais from Green Cabin – who knows, they might have buggered the chicken, too. Remember that this is not the first time Green Cabin’s come under firethis year – they recently served someone a cockroach.

If you’ve got the time, the next hearing is on the 8th October at 9 am. Chanaka Rodrigo is the Managing Director of Green Cabin. If you can get ahold of him, ask him what’s going on under his roof.

*Yudhanjaya Wijeratne is a contributor to Colombo Telegraph, his articles can be found on his blog, icaruswept.com

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  • 1
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    What took him so long to inform his sister or anyone about him been raped……..[Edited out]. It was a game of cat & mouse .

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      Dude.. he is an autistic person! they cannot think & act fast like normal guys would do. Pls have some empathy man!!

    • 51
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      @Tom Cruse Jr.
      Sad that you don’t understand that people with Autism have different needs. they are exceptional people who perceive the world around them differently.
      Try googling and read about autism. learn something useful rather than trying to be Tom Cruise’s illegitimate son!
      Hopefully your shallow mindedness will soon fade as you educate yourself!

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      @Tom Cruse Jr (??????)
      Looks like you are a ‘Special Needs’ kid as well. You are in serious need of some simple empathy and the ability to identify with the pain of others. Right now you seem to be quite devoid of anything but your own self-interest.

    • 24
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      A person who has Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) doesn’t necessarily process social “norms” the way we do. He may not necessarily what is socially acceptable and what is not.

      For that reason, they are very easy victims for sexual predators. You should have researched that before making such a callous remark.

    • 20
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      @Tom Cruse Jr,
      Are you thinking through our junior or unable to think at all? Why don’t you change your name “cruse” to Curse and cruise out of these forums than offending innocent people who have fallen victim of these sadistic violence and heinous crime.

    • 14
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      He is an autistic boy. I have worked with children like him. They are exceptional in their own way but like the article says they cannot understand certain things. Unlike the monsters who did this to him!!

    • 6
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      You will not ask this question if he were your child or brother autistic or not Mr. Cruise.

      It is very sad to see this as Green Cabin was like my home one point of time. My mother used to work and me and my siblings used to stay there after school and leave for home with our mother in the evening. We used to eat, sleep, do homework there until we go home. Sometimes my mother was not around as she was running about the place but we were safe and sound as everybody who were there looked after us, keeping an on us. We loved there and knew in and out and we were not scared. We used to work there during Christmas time. All the kids of the owners and us including current MD. My mother was not scared because she knew we were safe with all the staff. I am talking about like 40 years ago.

      This news is very sad to hear about a place dear to me. But that doesn’t mean that culprits go unpunished. This is very very heinous the victim is autistic or not. But very very sad it happened to a special need person.

      Green Cabin may not have a hand in this but it should do something to bring the culprits to justice and compensate the victim without victimizing the victim further. A small gesture to safeguard the reputation I know it had. It was a safe house for us kids and a place to go for a nice meals.

    • 9
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      Tom Cruse Jr.

      “It was a game of cat and mouse.”

      Dumbo, your name sounds that you are a cat!

  • 22
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    Thank you Wijeyaratne for bringing this crime to the notice of the public. I hope the Tamil, Sinhala and English dailies headline the story in the front page. I have had lunch or dinner whenever I am in Colombo since my school days till 2015.
    I shall not go there again until the Management take strict action and pays compensation to the young man. I hope the courts will do justice and dissuade such heinous crimes.

    I am glad that the two persons are protesting. I hope on the day of the trial thousands will demonstrate in front of the Green Cabin and in front of the Court house. I would if I was in the country then.

    • 4
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      There were actually many people protesting even though the pictures only show a few individuals. The outcome and show of support was really great!

  • 11
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    Green cabin may be not in the scene. But they should not victimise the victim

  • 11
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    Tom Cruise…you suddenly made me realise wot uninformed unschooled elements we still have in our midst. Your comment “what took him so long” demonstrates that you really know nothing of what sexual violence does to a person (male or female normal or autistic) if you haven’t bothered to educate your self that such sexual violence makes it extremly hard for a victim to find the courage and confidence to tell someone, if you haven’t read or heard these basics..please do that first without exposing your naked ignorance and lack of human decency on such a forum.

  • 10
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    First of all, Tom Cruze Jr (?!) you really don’t know what you are talking about. How many special needs people do YOU personally know? Do you know how difficult it is for even the so called non-special needs people like the average Joe, finds it difficult to come out and talk about sexual violence and victimization? Educate yourself before you judge!

    Secondly this article should have identified the victim by his full name, after all his family has come forward and identified him by name. Why are you refering to him by his initials then? A bit redundant. It’s sad that this sort of situation isn’t on the media priority list. It clearly ought to be. Equally disappointed in how little attention it is getting from the general public as well.

    He is a brave soul. Rather than just make random comments and judge someone in who’s shoes you arent in, do go stand in support of this guy.

  • 10
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    Doesn’t boy molestation and rape happen at leading Boys schools in Colombo including ones where the big powerful VVIPs went to school? Is it possible therefore some people in management who possibly were also victims or victimizers are callous because of their experience ?Is it possible the perversions begin at big schools with rampant teenage homosexuality and associated abuse of school boys of junior grades? Is society pretending to be virtuous? Is it possible the homosexuality and depraved proclivities of sadism are a result of abuse at school? Homosexuality is not a choice and I am not talking about gay or lesbian people who are normal. When will the government and high elite English speaking society admit to homosexual violence in elite schools?

    I am talking about victim males who were anally raped repeatedly by sadists or those who engaged in bi-sexual behavior and prefer men and boys to women?Then in turn become victimizers?Isn’t that case with Catholic priest Pedophiles and their victims who end up being gay or drug addicts or alcoholics to cover their sad pasts? A lot of them who are abused end up abusing don’t they across the world?

    Some are top notch “married” people living dual lives are they not? Are people indifferent to hate and violence in so called upper crust Colombo circuits? Is the proprietor of Green Cabin covering up for these so called sadists because he sees nothing wrong with it?

    • 9
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      What is your point, Krishnaanand? It looks like you are writing a “porn” article! This is hardly the forum!!

    • 4
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      Why only “leading boys schools in colombo’, ‘big schools’, ‘upper crust Colombo circuits’? Dont be ignorant man. Abuse is all over whether its in Urban or Rural, big school or small school.

      Obviously Green Cabin doesnt want to get involved in making statements. Might also be due to the on going court case. The least they can do is to terminate those employees. Its a process with Sri Lanka labor laws which are strict on firing people.

    • 6
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      Absolutely, homose.xuality is se.xual violence, unnatural.

      Maybe the bosses are at it too (sod.omy), that’s why they are quite about it.

      START THE INVESTIGATIONS FROM THE BAD and MAD Green Cabin’s BOSSES!!!

  • 6
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    Special needs person or not the case here. It is that no one seems to care. They will bail out the culprits, victimize the victims, and we are walking about thinking that we live in a ‘lovely world’

    Let us all unite and raise our voices so that ‘justice’ is immediately meted out in cases such as this. And for those of you who like to ‘smirk’ at stories like this, please remember that you, your kith or kin could be the next victim.

  • 3
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    Is Green Cabin is Gangodawila or does the victim live in the area?

    Did’nt someone find cockroaches in their lump rice recently too?

    As always, there are idiots who do not have a clue of the facts, commenting on articles just because…

    Sad reflection of who we are as a people.

    • 1
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      It’s the Pepiliyana branch.

  • 6
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    As the parent of a handicapped child I feel the pain of the sheer helplessness and the injustice. As employers, the Green Cabin shoulders some responsibility and they should have been sued as well for the crime. The victim can no longer work at this place and should be compensated.

  • 3
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    It was not long ago that Green Cabin admitted to the accuracy of a photograph of food with a large cockroach embedded in it, if I remember right.

    Now comes this horror story compounded by the leniency of a legal system that is only too ready to punish those guilty of far less heinous crimes.

    This is a very sad pass for what used to be one of Colombo’s iconic restaurants best known for its chocolate cake for many decades.

    There appears to be a total collapse of management at this place and the legal response required seems obvious enough.

  • 1
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    It is high time that Capital Punishment was brought back, which will be a deterrent to these brutal crimes. There are organizations screaming against it. If they had experienced rape and killing of an innocent child within their families, they would change their tune. I think they should “shut up” preaching about “human rights” and being against the re-introduction the death penalty. Everyday, we hear of a child being raped or sexually abused. Have they no concern for the innocent “VICTIMS”, I suppose, if they are not their own, they do not care. These crimes are now becoming a daily occurrence and if nothing is done soon to prevent it, Sri Lanka will become another USA.

    Scream as much as you want, but the government has to re-introduce the death penalty to protect innocents. I support it, strongly, and o hell with the fools against it. With the first hanging we will see the results and these crimes will be eliminated.

    • 3
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      Eddie, the actual rapist deserves to be hanged. But what makes you think the ACTUAL RAPIST will be caught? The Sri Lankan criminal justice and legal system is extremely inefficient- the police, the forensic team, the lawyers, the courts, etc. There is lot of corruption also. So, if the death penalty is introduced, police will feel public pressure, catch some random bugger and send him for execution. For death penalty to work, the whole system needs to work. Otherwise, innocent people will be executed and actual rapists will be free in society.

      Also, death penalty is not necessarily a deterrent.Look at USA. Some states have the death penalty. These states have had higher crime rates than non-death penalty states for so many years now and these states in general are less advanced than the non-death penalty states, so don’t think that death penalty alone is enough deterrence. And very, very often in these states, they execute someone and then few months later, they find out he was innocent!!

      Death penalty will not solve the problem. Improving the police, the courts, the forensic departments, more CCTV, street lighting in dark areas, better education about these issues, updating the law on rape (despite some amendments, our Penal Code is 130 years old and needs to be re-done), providing counselling services to rape victims (since often, these people are afraid and ashamed to even go to the police), etc etc. There are so many things that need to be done before even thinking about death penalty.

  • 3
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    Discipline, rule of law, good morals are not taught in schools, homes or even in places of worship. Forces are allowed to rape, abduct, torture, bomb, kill, with impunity. Criminals, drug barons and dirty politicians are free to do anything and go unpunished. This is the prevailing culture we have developed for years. We cannot expect our society of today to follow the rules, behave decently, avoid raping, killing etc., It’s our successive governments that allowed and even taught to start pogroms, racial riots, burning libraries, shops , houses, burning people in vehicles, killing and all the evils…

    We had governments who never cared about minorities and now don’t care about anyone. They pretend to be Buddhists, dressed up in pure white clothing, call themselves nationalists but cheat and destroy the fabric of Lanka.

    Good majority of Lankans live an undisciplined life now a days, do unethical things, indulge in crimes, do unproductive things, take destructive decisions and they cannot expect a decent moral society to blossom. Death penalty or no penalty many of them are corrupted to the core and will do anything they like, until strict laws are enforced. We must have an independent, unbiased police, judiciary and legal system to prevent escalation of crimes. Sri Lankans only talk, they have not learned any idea about ruling a nation since the British left our shores. Look at where we all stand blinking what to do next !

  • 3
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    Manager at the green cabin Colombo 3 was very aggressive to me. security guard scholded me for using their car park saying I didn’t shop at green cabin. When I explained the situation he didn’t even said sorry. Only threats. No one took my complaint.

    Raping is a whole new low for the sick and retard employees of this place. Severe actions needs to be taken against these people yet they somehow escape through loopholes. But as general public it’s time to take these kinds of places out of business. It’s people’s duty to boycotte these places and get rid of them for good.

  • 2
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    Do a little more digging into the powers that be in that entity. You may find lots of skeletons there that don’t want to be unearthed and hence, the reason for the silence. The culture that pervades that organisation is sick and twisted. We need a larger public outcry and awareness to bring these people to book and eschew the leniency and the lackadaisical attitude that even the justice system seems to have.

  • 2
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    What’s up with the Sri Lankans these days? Why are they increasingly acting like sex-crazed maniacs? Why are they horny all the time? Lack of opportunities to satisfy their sex drives by cultivating wholesome healthy relationships? Being constantly bombarded with erotic stimulation by the frenetic media of the neo-liberal consumer society? Too much porn? Too much social networking through the new media? Too much religion? Too many elections? Too much garlic and onions? Or is it something in the water or in rice?

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