23 April, 2024


The Head Of State Of A Country Of Lies & Damn Lies 

By Tush Wickramanayaka

Tush Wickramanayaka

We are extremely disappointed, although not surprised by The President’s endorsement of corporal punishment. As the Head of State, The President is responsible for the welfare of all citizens of mother Lanka. Article 11 of the Constitution states ‘No person shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment’.  

But how can we expect a man who violated the constitution just three months ago to honor the commitment he made to our younger citizens when he endorsed the ‘Pentagon Proposal’, the blue print of the National Action Plan to End Corporal Punishment and  agreed to work towards providing a happier and safer learning environment for all children on 30th September 2018 at ‘Walk for Real Change’, organized by Stop Child Cruelty, the ONLY civil society organization committed and recognized internationally by Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment. 

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), to which Sri Lanka is a signatory since 1992, issued a RED ALERT in February 2018. In the Concluding observations on the combined fifth and sixth periodic reports of Sri Lanka, “The Committee would like to draw the State party’s attention to the recommendations concerning the following areas, in respect of which urgent measures must be taken: violence, including corporal punishment (para. 21)…” 

Sri Lanka is the only South Asian path finder Country that is a signatory to Global Plan to End Violence Against Children towards achieving the Sustainable Developmental Goal 16.2 in 2030.

The President should be ashamed to be the Head of State of a country that has promised much and achieved little to protect the future generation.

There are several alarming revelations by The President. 

MYTH 1 – I was hit so much and I am a better man for it. I still feel the pain

FACT – The irony of this statement is that, if a child needs continuous beating to modify behavior, either the chosen method of discipline is ineffective or the child has developmental delays making it incredibly difficult for him to follow simple commands. If the caning that he experienced was such a joy that he felt necessary to glorify, then why does he still feel the pain? This supports the scientific evidence that the mental agony of punishment is embedded in the limbic system of the brain. At a later stage in life, when the individual is stressed, these feelings are resurfaced. Either the person becomes aggressive themselves or they become delusional. It appears that his aggressive character is coming alive with his determination to inflict pain on others by introducing the death penalty. The President fits the text book description of a victim of corporal punishment.

MYTH 2 – beating a child is part of our culture and ending it is the cry of Western influences

FACT – Though corporal punishment is commonly practiced in Sri Lankan schools and homes alike (De Zoysa, 2006), there is evidence that certain Sri Lankan kings of the past – such as Voharaka Tissa (214-236 AC), Vijayabahu II (1186-1187) and Vijayabahu III (1232-1236) – had prohibited any bodily harm by way of punishment, of children and adults (Moldrich, 1986). However, with the advent of colonial rule in the country, this attitude appears to have changed where it was especially promoted to facilitate its rule (De Silva, 2001; 2007), and has persisted into the present-day society. These colonial rulers have returned to their own motherlands where they have banned such heinous crimes whilst we proudly embrace it as our culture. 

MYTH 3 – this is NGO dollars talking

FACT – If any person/s is successful in bringing change to a regime that struggles to find simple solutions, the authorities feel threatened. The biggest insult one can make is to stamp a false financial label against the efforts of genuine individuals. This is intimidation and bullying, another negative characteristic of The President who was subjected to corporal punishment. When a government is weak, when the institutions are crippled and when individuals in government act like they are mentally retarded, civil society organizations step forward. We are citizens of Sri Lanka. As residents of this country where our children are educated we have a moral and social responsibility to ensure the welfare of our children and consolidate our rights within the boundaries of Sri Lanka. We do not require a foreign agenda. 

In conclusion, it is our professional opinion that The President is exhibiting the following negative characteristics of physical abuse:

1) Short Term Memory Loss

2) Pathological Lying

3) Delusions of grandeur 

4) Inter-generational transformation of violence

5) Lack of respect to common law

6) Bullying and Intimidation

7) The victim becomes the aggressor – wishing to introduce capital punishment 

The President is the Head of State of country of chaos, lies and damn lies!

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  • 5

    Does this organization headed by Tush W. with all these prominent people only have this one case, the pulling of an ear case, don’t get me wrong I do not condone such actions. And if this is the only case worth media presence in Sri Lanka then I would say, we are doing quite well, if we do comparisons to the western world, just look at what is going on there, knifings and violence on every street corner, and the child abuse. But perhaps it has to do with whose ear one is pulling.

    • 0

      Manesha , here’s an eye opener just for you. These are a FEW cases within one year of corporal punishment in schools. There were a staggering 2413 cases of cruelty reported to NCPA alone in 2018. We have not received the statistics of cases reported to other authorities like police, social services, etc. Guess we are really doing well, eh? Are you really that ignorant? Ironically, comparison to western world is acceptable in your books to justify the lack of publicity of a real problem in Sri Lanka but the solutions we suggest are too western! Since you appear to have a keen interest on the activities of the ONE organization committed to ending corporal punishment in Sri Lanka, which recently achieved international recognition, you may wish to follow us more closely for a reality check.


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