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The Rape & Murder Of Vidya: An Indictment Of A Criminal State

By Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

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Ajit Rupasinghe

The recent gang rape and murder of an eighteen year old Tamil school girl, Vidya Sivaloganathan in Pungudutivu, raised righteous protests and condemnation from all decent people throughout the Land. There is already a high rate of rape and child abuse in the country. It is a damning indictment of a rotting, morally defunct neo-colonial State and Social Order. Women and children from all communities and nationalities are subject to this heinous crime of violent sexual abuse- on a routine basis. Gang rape and murder have occurred before. So, what was of particular outrageous provocation that assaulted the conscience of society over the gang rape and murder of Vidya? There are several reasons and those who protested and raged may have their own subjective compulsions and motivations. It must be said that the effort of the degenerate Mahinda camp and some limp and lame journalists to defame the protestors by focusing on the possibility of ‘anti-national’ forces being involved in a ‘separatist’ conspiracy’ is as repugnant, reviling and revolting as the crime against Vidya itself.

Rape Sri LankaPerhaps, many felt that ‘enough is enough’. In truth, once is enough! At a deeper level, the violation of Vidya was felt to be a collective violation of humanity. For some, this violation was a concentrated expression of accumulated criminal violations against Nature and Humanity. For some, this violation, as with all such violations of women, was a symbol of irrevocable moral degeneration and a standing indictment of the prevailing social order. For the more politically conscious forces, this violation served to rip apart the veil of deception carried out under the banner of “Yahapalanaya’. The understanding would have dawned that no amount of cosmetic gyrations and circus gymnastics at the top of the pyramid of power could arrest the generalized depths of degradation and abuse that has spread throughout the body politic and that only a deep, structural revolutionary transformation of the State and the economic, political and social order it preserves, would eradicate the cancerous roots of this organic crisis and rapid decomposition. The raging public anger and bitterness were directed at the Police and the Courts, the supposed guardians of the State and the Rule of Law.

Perhaps, people were alerted to the possibility of yet another ‘Tangalle’ charade!

The indictment and due and expeditious punishment of the perpetrators of this grotesque crime is certainly called for. Yet, sociologically speaking, where do the roots of this crime lie? Wherein lies the soil that breeds this endemic venality? The sheer brutality and barbarity of the war generated a generalized culture of brutality and barbarity throughout society. This savage culture was fervently fostered by the putrid, crony-narco-mafia Rajapaksa Regime, and countered by the LTTE with parallel quality and intensity. State terror, assassination, inhuman torture, rank corruption and rape were hallmarks of the chauvinist, supremacist, neo-fascist Rajapakse Regime. An official culture of impunity defiled all that is sacred and human, and justified all that is criminal, venal and profane. A case filed against a rapist was withdrawn by a lackey Attorney General under the direction of Mahinda Rajapaksa, even when there was growing evidence of guilt, being that the accused was a Minister and a close and loyal associate and criminal accomplice of the Rajapaksa troika. Similarly, a case against a Minister accused of murder was withdrawn. In Tangalle, every effort was made to protect the rapist-murderer, a Pradeshiya Sabha chairman and close underworld associate of the Rajapaksa family.

The military occupation of the North has had the inevitable effect of criminalizing and brutalizing the entire social order. The narcotics trade thrives and is a most lucrative sub-economy, functioning in mute complicity with corrupt officials of the armed forces and the Police. War lords, drug barons and youth gangs feed on helpless victims, without fear of reprisal. This militarization, criminalization and brutalization is being carried on, and even intensified, under the ‘Yahapalanaya’ Regime. Repeated calls for demilitarization and normalization are routinely ignored, and defied, by the Regime. A visit by H.E. Maithripala Sirisena to the grieving family of Vidya and the transfer of police officers will not slice the cake. This is good for photo opportunities and craven journalism. The rape and murder of sister Vidya alerts us to the reality that the prevailing neo-colonial order and its rotting State and murdering ruling class are to be structurally held accountable for this crime and for all the accumulated crimes committed against Nature and Humanity. When those mandated to protect the inviolable dignity, and the supreme rights and liberties of citizens themselves systemically defile and violate the people with deliberate violence and calculated impunity, then it is time for the people to take the law into their own hands to protect their lives and their future.

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    “The military occupation of the North has had the inevitable effect of criminalizing and brutalizing the entire social order.”

    The north was occupied by a terorist gang and it is what resulted in brutalizing and criminalizing the society. The manner in which people demanded the accused to be handed over to be killed by them, and the way lawyers rejected to represent the accused show that.

    “The narcotics trade thrives and is a most lucrative sub-economy, functioning in mute complicity with corrupt officials of the armed forces and the Police. War lords, drug barons and youth gangs feed on helpless victims, without fear of reprisal. “

    One of the main revenue methods of LTTE was narcotics and LTTE pumped in drugs to the south or 30 years. A military officer stated that some TNA members are involved in drug trade.

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      A hollow obtuse explanation scapegoating the LTTE has been attempted by another part of the establishment, without going into the historical reasons how the said terrorist fascist set up and was moulded and midwifed by the SRI Lankan racist state to side track and counter the validity of the article by the author.
      That is also another feature of the so called “Yahapalanaya”

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        yeah in 1922 Arunachalam said tamils should strive for eelam.

        In 1947 GG Ponnambalam accused Soulbery commissioner on racism against Tamils….Seems like everyone has been racist against Tamils even before SL became independant

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          sach chooooooooooo

          ” yeah in 1922 Arunachalam said tamils should strive for eelam. “

          When, where, why, how, ………………….. ?

          Could you cite the source.

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            I think I have given you enough, go and check tamil nation…

            between you agree in 1947 GG alleged there was discrimination against tamils

            and federal party founder Chelva said tamils could form a country in 1951

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            Sach

            Native Vedda is specialist on Arunachalam.

            HE writes nonsense with various bogus names – OTC, Anpu and many other.

            Sometime he appreciates his own comment which he wrote with another name. Only a lunatic can do this type of business.

            This fool thinks that only he is born with a brain.

            Also he never failed to appreciate his brother. This person must be suffering serious illness.

            The only person in the CT writes repated comments is this lunatic which suffer from serious illness.

            HE has no friends, no relatives, no collegues, everything kept this fool in distance

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      The north was occupied by a terorist gang and it is what resulted in brutalizing and criminalizing the society. The manner in which people demanded the accused to be handed over to be killed by them, and the way lawyers rejected to represent the accused show that. ////

      The south was occupied by a terrorist gang called JVP with the support of former President Mahinda Rajapakse. They were brutalising and criminalising the southern society. Before the Birth of this terrorist group, the Buddhist Fandamentalist State initiated settlements in the North East with criminals and murderers of South. THe Buddhists monks become violent thugs and created anti Tamil movement and massacred thousands of Tamils all around the island. Buddhist Sinhala state and Buddhist Sinhala only military collobrated with those criminals and violent and criminal behavious by Buddhist Sinhala become as part and partial of governance and society since 1948.
      LTTE gave birth to stop the violence of Buddhist Sinhala against Tamils. LTTE may be a terrorist group for Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists but for Tamils they are not terrorists. During LTTE period there was no drugs, no rapes and there was law & order inside the area they controlled. However, Jaffna was occupied by Buddhist Sinhala only military and Its paramilitary group EPDP since early 1990. Since Mahinda came to power Military and paramilitary fully engaged with drug smugglers, rapers, Greese Yakkas, Waste oil attackers,corruption were flowed without any restrictions. The South also experienced similar trend and we have seen that big hands and underworld thugs dominated the Mahinda Regime.
      Overall, Buddhist Fundamentalism is the cause for the crimes and brutality of the past and I don’t think they will allow the liberty achieved in January 9th, 2015 to succeed.

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        LTTE dragged tamil kids and threw them to the front line, LTTE leaders were scared to swallow the cyanide capsule though he made many others to do so. LTTE killed TELO tamils by burning them alive. LTTE killed every rival tamil in brutal methods.
        LTTE shot Amrithalingam in a very fascinating and a beautiful way. LTTE bombed tamil policians :)

        But at the end PRabha was scared to face the enemy and hid behind women.

        Birth of LTTE was due to brainwashing and anti sinhala and speeches steeped in tamil zionism by tamil leaders of yesteryer. The tamil leaders like GG and chelva who were extremely arrogant and racist against SInhala is the reason for LTTE terrorism.

        The demands of federal party in 1950 and Arunachalam in 1922 and Prabha in 1976 is the same.

        We will take care of JVP terrorists and we did it

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          Well you say it who is going to believe you. After all you are a Sri Lankan

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            Yes but he’s not a We Thamizh, so he has that going for him :D

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            He is not a Srilankan. He is one of a Sinhalese Buddhist Fundamentalist who always lies to Sinhalese.

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        so you are a Tamil Tiger with an acquired Tamil name for the time being.

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        “The north was occupied by a terorist gang and it is what resulted in brutalizing and criminalizing the society.”

        You shameless person travelled with their money from North pole to South end and now talking about terrorist gang. This call political prostitution.

        You are racist! You spoke in Singhlese in Vanni and ask someone to translate your speech in Tamil.

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      Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe –

      Criminals in the so-called Dhamma Depayas infested with Paras from India.

      Listen to what this Lady is saying.

      This was done by the Army, By LTTE, and by the Politicians and General Public is the South. Now this culture has spread to the North as well.

      Sri Lanka needs Technical and Legal help to combat the Rape problem. Saudi Arabia , can you help with this problem. It is safter for a women to be undewr a Burka, Niquab or Hijab, instead of being gang raped and murdered by the Army, LTTE, the Politicians and others.

      WFR press conference on CSR

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ugokb4GAY8

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      two wrongs don’t make a right. Yes the LTTE did all of these things but so did the Rajapkshe regime.

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      sach,

      >The manner in which people demanded the accused to be handed over to be killed by them, and the way lawyers rejected to represent the accused show that.<

      9 men have been accused of raping and killing a 17 year old girl. Some of them used their phones to film what the others were doing with her. In the beginning there were apparently only 3 brothers who then called their friends to invite them to the party that continued a long time.

      What kind of men do things like this?

      130 other men have been accused of demanding the lynching of the 9 others. About 370 others have not been accused but they participated in the mob.

      What kind of men demand something like this?

      Note that both could have happened in other parts of our country also.

      Jaffna lawyers decided not to help any of the accused. My understanding is that they did this because of fear.

      I believe that most Tamil politicians have not condemned what happened publicly. They are afraid of loosing votes and share the same fear that the lawyers have.

      In my opinion we should seriously analyze what is wrong in our country and take action. The blame game is not going to help very much. This is not only for the police and courts.

      I am out of Jaffna and SL but have heard that lawyers from Vavunya and ITAK MP Sumanthiran have accepted to defend some of the accused. That is good.

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    Things were so much better under LTTE terrorists. The solution is simple: change the rules of engagement given to the forces in the north to better emulate how it was back in the good old days. A few summary executions and all inclusive 5* torture chamber holidays should bring these We Thamizh criminals back into line :D

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    Ajit Rupasinghe talks like an idiot.

    His inuendo and rhetoric well matche with those of racist Socialists.

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    Mr Surendra Ajit Rupasinghe

    You are calling for “people to take the law into their own hands to protect their lives and their future”

    You revolutionaries and your exhortations are quite obsolete. Do us a favor and please move on.

    “The Rape & Murder Of Vidya: An Indictment Of A Criminal State”. Very funny to find you have just woken up from a deep slumber appearing to have lost your bearings.

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    Ajith,

    All that you have said is absolutely true. It is one hundred percent true that it was the former regime through its armed forces that was pushing narcotics into the North as never before! The complicity of the instruments of the State in demoralising the North has to be probed!
    What a shame to make a claim that this country is one that preserves the pristine glory of Buddhism in its purest form!
    Sengodan. M

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    every problem in SL ultimately is analysed in terms of communalism as is the case on this comment section. communal politics only destabilises and should be banned. if one achieves separation the war will continue and that instability is what the west and may be india wants as society would not be strong to resist the exploitation. there is a misconception that the sinhalese especially he buddhist have it all. Unfortunately the injustice perpetrated on them by the political /economic hegemony of the few is the reality. The myth is just the opposite. They are suffering in silence. Any objection is suppressed by violence as seen in Rathupassala and the use of political thugs who are members of the provincial councils etc A result of political communalism and the forcible enforcement of the 13th amendment by India carried out by a political class who sacrificed the country for there own survival. That injustice is also highjacked as a political tool as by bodu bala. The Sinhalese are in a no win situation accused of perpetrators of injustice against the minorities , which is a myth, Suppressed by a criminalised set of politicians. The only way out is to stop communal politics and demand accountability and justice from the politicians. That is the only way the citizens in this country can lead a peaceful life which they justly deserve..

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    Hello Sengodan. M,

    Whole world knows the main source of income of the LTTE was through dealing Drugs. I believe the reason for you to get annoyed is you have lost your source of income.
    For some luck of the armed forces in the North the gang rape and murder of Vidya happened under Viggy Anna’s rule. If not poor soldiers in the North would have been blamed for another crime that they do not know anything about.

    bun

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    Ajit Rupasinghe:

    I have known you as some who is Fair Reasonable and a Civilised Sinhalese.
    But there are some aspects of argument which are not quite right and let me try and reason with you with good Intent.
    You are a Marture person unlke the young Lad whose name I cant remember. He had a Good Heart but wwas very immature and tred to argue that the answer lies in Empowering Women and having a Diaologue with his male Coleagues.

    1) It is a damning indictment of a rotting, morally defunct neo-colonial State and Social Order.
    Women and children from all communities and nationalities are subject to this heinous crime of violent sexual abuse- on a routine basis. Gang rape and murder have occurred before.

    *** The above is not an accurate statement of what is happening in Sri Lanka.
    As I have said before there are two kinds of Sexual Violence against Women

    a) Isolated incidents of Rape ( Murder in rare cases) which happnes in both North and South.

    b) Gang Rape and Murder as in the case of “Vithya” and “Krishishnathi” and sadly this is a Tip of the Iceberg which is confined to only Tamil Land. But what is different in the case of “Vithya ” was that people were able to vent their anger without being picked up in White Vans although Mahintha weighed in and stated that is how should have been dealt with putting Egg on Dayans face.

    2) So, what was of particular outrageous provocation that assaulted the conscience of society over the gang rape and murder of Vidya? There are several reasons and those who protested and raged may have their own subjective compulsions and motivations. It must be said that the effort of the degenerate Mahinda camp and some limp and lame journalists to defame the protestors by focusing on the possibility of ‘anti-national’ forces being involved in a ‘separatist’ conspiracy’ is as repugnant, reviling and revolting as the crime against Vidya itself.

    *** I agree with the above but take issue with your statement that those who took part had their own Agenda. This was sheer frustration with the way the Police ( Sinhala ) dealt with the issue.

    3) Rape Sri LankaPerhaps, many felt that ‘enough is enough’. In truth, once is enough! At a deeper level, the violation of Vidya was felt to be a collective violation of humanity. For some, this violation was a concentrated expression of accumulated criminal violations against Nature and Humanity. For some, this violation, as with all such violations of women, was a symbol of irrevocable moral degeneration and a standing indictment of the prevailing social order.

    *** For Tamils this is a degradation of their Dignity by the Armed forces. Rule by Terror to inflict fear to control the local Populace.
    A Sinhala Police force with an Alien Culture and Language cannot be the Guardian of our Moral Order. This will not do.

    4) The indictment and due and expeditious punishment of the perpetrators of this grotesque crime is certainly called for.

    *** That alone is not eneough and untill we have the mens to prevent similar Crime and that cannot happen with a Sinhala Pilce force encouraging Para Militaries but there is aonther more sinister aspect which I wont go into.

    5) This savage culture was fervently fostered by the putrid, crony-narco-mafia Rajapaksa Regime, and countered by the LTTE with parallel quality and intensity.

    *** I totally disagree with the above as you can never accuse LTTE of Rape and Murder. Prabakaran would cut off the Pakayas and put hot Chilli Powder on the wound.

    6) The military occupation of the North has had the inevitable effect of criminalizing and brutalizing the entire social order. The narcotics trade thrives and is a most lucrative sub-economy, functioning in mute complicity with corrupt officials of the armed forces and the Police. War lords, drug barons and youth gangs feed on helpless victims, without fear of reprisal. This militarization, criminalization and brutalization is being carried on, and even intensified, under the ‘Yahapalanaya’ Regime. Repeated calls for demilitarization and normalization are routinely ignored, and defied, by the Regime. A visit by H.E. Maithripala Sirisena to the grieving family of Vidya and the transfer of police officers will not slice the cake.

    *** I agree with the above entirely. I would add that this is a deliberate attempt to destroy the Fabric of the Society and if you want proof to see for yourself just go and visit some of the Missions which I have seen are caring for those who are traumatised by the War.

    This is a Tamil misery and a Tamil Problem and the Sinhalese are not trusted or capale of curing.

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      kali,

      <Gang Rape and Murder as in the case of “Vithya” and “Krishishnathi” and sadly this is a Tip of the Iceberg which is confined to only Tamil Land.@

      What about the British man who was killed and whose Russian girlfriend was gang raped in the South? I am sure that there have been many other cases outside of <Tamil land<. You have selective or bad memory.

      <This was sheer frustration with the way the Police ( Sinhala ) dealt with the issue.<

      The people harassed the ITAK politicians who visited their island and in their opinion helped Swiss Kumar and his family members to leave. Your selective or bad memory or ignorance? Why do you only take up frustration with the police and forget the courts and politicians? Do not you read Uthayan?

      <I totally disagree with the above as you can never accuse LTTE of Rape and Murder.<

      The LTTE never murdered anybody? Do you suffer from amnesia? Please use Google.

      <This is a Tamil misery and a Tamil Problem and the Sinhalese are not trusted or capale of curing.<

      I am the founder of a new group of Jaffna Saiva Hindu Ingenious Tamils aka SHIT. We are a bunch of racist Vellala and due to inbreeding all from the same extended family. Please tell us how to solve all the problems we have in the Northern Province. Please note that you are not qualified to apply for membership due to your background.

      Sorry for the strange symbols. I am in Zimbabwe and having problems with the <Eye Pad<

      Due to the fact that you are ignorant and try to mislead readers I have decided to stop reading your comments. Hopefully someone else has time and patience to correct you.

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        Heretic you Sinkalam:

        Who cares whether you read it or not. How do I know that you are not reading it. But if you want me to believe you are not reading it keep your MOUTH SHUT. Alright.

        The LTTE never murdered anybody? Do you suffer from amnesia? Please use Google

        ***
        It is not your eye pad that is failing you but your eyes. Open your eyse and read what I wrote man.

        “I totally disagree with the above as you can never accuse LTTE of Rape and Murder. Prabakaran would cut off the Pakayas and put hot Chilli Powder on the wound”.
        You cant read Can you ?. Rape and Murder in the Context of ” Krishanthi” and ” Vithya”. Not your Barabric briothers. They were killed in Combat.

        Sorry for the strange symbols. I am in Zimbabwe and having problems with the <Eye Pad<.

        ***
        I take it that you are meeting your Blood Brother Mugabe and I hope you have something in common ( Animal Kingdom) to discuss.

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          kali,

          You fail to give your opinion on the claims that Heretic makes about gang rape and murder of non Tamils, LTTE murders and how the people mistrust politicians in Jaffna.

          Are you afraid of admitting that Heretic is correct and that you are spreading misinformation on CT? Where are your facts?

          You keep repeating things without providing your sources for the CT readers.

          We all know that LTTE murdered people.

          We all know that gang rape and murder occur in all of SL.

          We might not all know about how a leading ITAK MP and ITAK MP candidate were treated by the villagers on Pungudutivu because our main stream media was not there.

          We might not all know that Jaffna lawyers and even Tamil politicians are afraid of the people.

          Please reply with FACTS not FICTION.

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            Sudar Oil ( Oli)

            You have now become a Mouth Piece of Heretic and I am not surprised as there are 5.8 Million willing partners.
            You are no different to the THUG. His Moto was do it but deny it.

            It is laughable when you say that that there are many Sinhalese Women Gang Raped and Killed by LTTE or for that matter by Sinhalese Gangs.
            Yes LTTE killed your Barbaric Soldiers and you need to differentiate Killing Combatants from Murder.
            You kill for a living and we killed to survive from your Tyrrany.

            It is you who need to prove not me. The Tamil Suffering is well documented and highlighted even by the Banki the Bloody Moon the Buddhist Monk.

            What we say is FACT supported by UN and What you claim is FICTION supported by THUGS, CRIMINALS and THIEVES who are enjoying the State of the Art Security provided by the Animal Kingdom.
            I know the Truth Hurts but you have to come to terms and live with it you Indian Slave.
            Just to remind you why.

            MR booted out by the Colonial Master.
            Colombo Port City Cancelled
            Chinese Ships and Submariens ( except fishing vessels ) banned from Colombo Harbour
            Sampur taken over.

            Wher is your Soverigny man. It has gone down the Palk Straight.
            You can Bark like a Mad Dog but you cant Bite any more.
            Wake up from the Deep Coma otherwise we will turn off the Life Support Machine.

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              kali,

              I am unable to understand your comment that mostly has nothing to do with my comment.

              Did LTTE never murder civilians?

              Are only Tamil women gang raped in SL?

              It is easy to understand why nobody bothers to reply to your comments when you provide fiction instead of facts and it is impossible to comprehend you due to lack of logic, bad English and terrible spelling.

              Below is a quote about MR from FT. You are trying to do exactly the same. I hear that ITAK is finally going to allow female MPs. Lets hope that they are not like you.

              http://www.ft.lk/article/433219/UNP-unmasks-Mahinda-

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    Every society which has lived under authoritarian rule for decades tends to go helter-skelter when they are given the opportunity to act freely.

    It’s like letting a caged dog in a vast field. It doesn’t know what to do? It’ll run all over the field and sniffs whatever pleases it. It’s the same with the mankind after being under restricted rule for a long time the northerners have forgotten the way to behave in a free society, and also the former President’s deliberate induction of drugs and prostitution have lead the youngsters towards a disastrous path.But every society is founded on a morale code which cannot be breached under any circumstances. It’s the duty of every member of the society to apply and protect these morale code in their day to day life. The culprits who breach this code should be severely punished.The new government of Mr. Sirisena should make arrangements to fast track rape cases.The rape and murder of Vidya shows the slow degradation of a cultured society. If strict legislation are not enacted now to combat these problems it’ll be to late for the rulers to control immoral activities in future. So act fast otherwise the well wishers of the society might take the upper hand and form their own groups to combat the problem.

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    Ajit Rupasinghe,

    <then it is time for the people to take the law into their own hands to protect their lives and their future.<

    What will be the result if this happens? Do you really think that it would have been acceptable to lynch 9 men ACCUSED of rape and killing? Hopefully I have misunderstood you.

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      Heretic:

      You really are half Animal and half Human.

      Sinhabahu or (“Lion-arms”), was the son of a Vanga princess and a lion. He killed his father and became king of Vanga. His son Vijaya would emigrate to Lanka and become the progenitor of the Sinhala people.

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    All these erudite arguments, some more stupid than others, don’t hold a candle to the simple poster in the photograph “Rape is Rape, No More Excuses”. I like to think we live in a civilised society and I admire our President Mr. Maithripala Sirisena consoling the grieving parents of this Tamil girl victim, a gesture the Rajapakses would never have contemplated.

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    Sylvia,

    I do not know where you live but I do not consider Jaffna anymore a civilized society. Hope that you live in a better place and that our president and others manage to fulfill at least part of their promises.

    Actually people should empower themselves instead of waiting for the lethargic authorities to do something.

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