30 November, 2020

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Thuggistan!

By Tisaranee Gunasekara

“My opinion is that nobody can make men responsible for the violence against women. Women are responsible for it…” Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa [i]

Aminal al-Filali was fifteen when she was raped.

According to Morocco’s penal-code, a rapist could escape prosecution if he married his victim. Amina did not want to marry her rapist; but the rapist was willing, her parents were willing and the judge was willing.

After several months of abusive marriage, Amina drank rat-poison. She was just sixteen.

MahindaAmina’s suicide caused a national uproar against the country’s ‘rape marriage law’. In January 2014, Morocco’s parliament unanimously approved the repealing of that archaic and unjust law[ii].

Sri Lanka, in the second decade of the 21st Century, is planning to enact her own ‘rape marriage law’.

According to Minister of Child Development and Women’s Affairs Tissa Karalliyadda, under the proposed law a rapist will be able to marry his victim, if she consents. If the victim is underage, the rapist can marry her when she is eighteen[iii].

This is the Rajapaksa solution to the growing menace of rape/child-rape – not tougher punishments or speedier justice, but enabling the rapist to escape punishment by marrying his victim.

If enacted, this law will have a particularly deadly effect on child victims, many of whom might be compelled by familial and societal pressure to marry their rapists – assuming the perpetrators are not already married or not too closely related to the victim. In a situation where the victim is financially dependent on her family (and the absolute majority of eighteen-year-olds are financially dependent), any clause about ‘consent’ will be a mere fig leaf for a forced marriage. The rapist will escape punishment, the family will be saved from ‘social stigma’ while the victim will be condemned to a lifetime of abuse (especially since under Lankan law martial rape is not a crime). Instead of living with the memory of the nightmare, she will be forced to live the nightmare, everyday of her life.

According to a study by Lawyers for Human Rights and Development (LHRD), “since 2008 there had been a trend in imposing suspended sentences in cases of rape and child molestation…. even convicts of gang rape of underage females including school children had been given suspended sentences by courts.”[iv] A recent UNICEF study identified inadequacies in existing laws as a major cause of the growing epidemic of child rape/abuse: “The procedures for investigation and prosecution of child abuse, witness protection and support for the victim are grossly inadequate…. The entire system needs to be assessed and rebuilt, through all the stages, with efficiency as a key priority…”[v] Not only is the law inadequate; it moves at glacial pace. During a recent parliamentary debate, UNP parliamentarian Ajith P Perera pointed out that a rape case usually takes around seven to ten years[vi].

A law to protect children is reportedly in the making but, according to unnamed official sources, “provisions for witness protection and special procedures to deal with child rape cases were not among the new recommendations”[vii]. Add the ‘rape marriage provision’ and the law will become a veritable green light to would be rapists.

In June 2012, the Minister Karaliyadde expressed a far more sane, sensible and realistic opinion on the problem of rape. “I noticed the kind of minor sentence the perpetrators are getting…. We need tougher laws…..[viii]” His current advocacy of a bad law is consonant with the Rajapaksa regime’s attitude towards rape (including child rape) which is characterised by ignorance, denial, distortion and trivialisation. Rajapaksa kinsman, Ambassador Jaliya Wickremesuriya, smilingly informed The Washington Times that rape is not a problem in Sri Lanka: “Rapes, this and that, is not taking place…. We have very disciplined people in Sri Lanka…. Like any other country we have couple of cases… I don’t say its zero…”[ix] His uncle, Speaker Chamal Rajapaksa, said that men cannot be blamed for rape and that the fault lies with women. “The way men view women should be changed. Only women can bring about that change”[x] he opined at an event to mark the International Women’s Day no less.

Research indicates otherwise. According to a recent UN Study, 14.5% of Lankan men admitted raping a woman who was not their partner; just under half said they have perpetrated rape more than once. And nearly three quarters of these self-declared rapists identified a sense of ‘sexual entitlement’ as their main motivation; entertainment came second and punishment third[xi].

But Rajapaksas are never hobbled by facts, not when they have a myth to propagate. And blaming the victims is a favourite Rajapaksa tactic. Tamils are exclusively responsible for all their ills; Muslims and Christians are responsible for the attacks on their communities/mosques/churches. The people of Weliweriya got shot through their own fault. Basically in Rajapaksa Sri Lanka bad things happen only when people are unruly and disobedient. Tamils oppose discrimination, Muslims and Christians insist on following their creeds and the people of Weliweriya do not want to drink poisoned water. They all asked for it, as do women and children who are raped, including the 75 year old woman and the barely five months old baby who joined the ever-growing list of victims last year.

And the UNP Parliamentarians were attacked because, instead of enjoying Avurudu bliss in some salubrious location, they poked their collective noses into Rajapaksa business. They were uppity and opinionated; they had it coming.

Rajapaksa Values

Historian AGE Blake points out that “every civilisation has at its core a pool of creativity aligned with a set of values”[xii].

The Rajapaksas are creating their own dominant value system. Patriotism – as defined and interpreted by the Rajapaksas – is now the greatest virtue. Any concession to or accommodation with minority communities is deemed unnecessary if not dangerous. Fundamental rights, democratic freedoms and progressive values are rejected as Western imports, inimical to national sovereignty and inconsonant with cultural values.

Casinos – that is quite another matter.

The German couplet, If you do not want to be my brother, I will hammer your skull’[xiii] is how the Rajapaksas relate to the nation and the world. They are blasé towards ordinary crime and disposed to welcome the criminally-inclined because crime and criminals are indispensable in controlling dissent and punishing opponents. The pistol-packing Hambantoa Mayor described himself as a ‘toy soldier’. He is right. Murderers, rapists and thugs, they all have a bright future in Rajapaksa-Sri Lanka, as ministers, chairmen and mayors – puppets/toys, weapons and shields.

Under Rajapaksa rule, Sri Lanka is becoming increasingly antediluvian on a host of critically important areas, from democracy to devolution, from economics to socio-cultural issues. The naked attack on UNP parliamentarians and the proposed ‘rape marriage law’ which penalises victims and rewards perpetrators are symbolic and symbiotic of this national retrogression.

Lankan society in general and the Opposition in particular have a choice to make: resistance or subjugation. Unite to defeat the obscene ‘rape marriage law’; form a broader delegation consisting of representatives of all opposition parties, civil society and local and foreign media, and make another fact-finding visit to Hambantoa.

Or let the Rajapaksa tsunami devalue and destroy everything that is good and decent about this country.


[i] http://www.therepublicsquare.com/politics/2014/03/12/speaker-chamal-rajapaksa-says-violence-against-women-is-their-own-fault/

[ii] http://www.aljazeera.com/news/africa/2014/01/morocco-repeals-rape-marriage-law-2014123254643455.html

[iii] http://www.thesundayleader.lk/2014/04/13/new-anti-rape-laws-proposed/

[iv] Lenient sentences in child abuse cases– HR Groups concerned – Susitha R Fernando – The Island – 24.6.2011

[v] http://www.unicef.org/srilanka/2013_Child_Marriage_Case_Studies.pdf

[vi] http://www.iede.co.uk/news/2013_3179/new-laws-may-fail-protect-children-sri-lanka

[vii] The Island – 11.4..2014

[viii] http://www.bbc.com/news/world-south-asia-15507304

[ix] Are our diplomats and PR firms doing enough in the international arena – Namini Wijedasa http://transcurrents.com/news-views/archives/7238

[x] http://www.therepublicsquare.com/politics/2014/03/12/speaker-chamal-rajapaksa-says-violence-against-women-is-their-own-fault/

[xi] http://www.dailymirror.lk/news/35180-some-145-of-lankan-men-admit-to-rape.html

[xii] A New Time – The Dramatic University, the UniS Journal – November 1993

[xiii] ‘Und willst du nicht mein Bruder sein, So schlag’ ich Dir den Schädel ein’

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  • 7
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    Thuggistan! Indeed it is with Maharajpakse at the helm!

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      There are lot more to be kept away from the media (from people), as UNP MPs that visited Hambantota Airport and harbour describe. THey will again have no constructive arguments in the parliaments, as was the case with the import of heavy load of heroin to the country. These brave men of the opposition did a great job even if they were attacked by culprits organised by ruling politicians as was the case similar to the incidents telecasted previously in terms of illegal impeachment day of former CJ, Dr SB; she was harmed by all unethical means, by street gangs organised by the rulers. This is SRILANKA under the guidance of Rajapakshe

      It is high time to reconstruct the national Flag replacing the LION with a donkey, since the majority people are to be blamed.

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        Which also mean that a Rajapakse’s daughters could be raped by a kudu karaya/drug addict and with everyone’s blessings he make a family?????? No…then they will send him to the other world.

        This law is for the ordinary people. Which also means that the young girls of this country will be raped by the stalkers.

        Gnanasara the terrorist might instruct his ARMY of Three Wheel drivers to rape their passenger (The Three Wheel/Tuk Tuk guys who form small association and put up the Terror Symbol Buddha Statues all over the country).

        Terrorists Gnanasara & Wirathu’s New Plan – After Burma Trip:
        TERRORIST GNASARA might have a new plan to Kidnap MUSLIM,TAMIL & CHRISTIAN girls and might rape them by their BBS/JHU/NMAT/SIHNALA RAVAYA/RAWANA BALAYA guys to rape them and the Terror backed Judges might back up with their allegiance to the Rajapakse clan to uphold the victimisation of the victims with their racist judgement.

        Is Mahinda taking this country to a situation where all the countries in the World one day soon realizing the danger and send the NATO troops to wipe out the entire system which governing for the last 70 odd years and replacing it with a new system like what we see in IRAQ, LIBYA, KOSOVO and elsewhere….

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          Sinhalaya Modayas deserve their uneducated, corrupt and criminal leaders.
          MS. TG is quite right that “blaming the victim” is the symptom of an uneducated, schooled and unsubtle mind. All the Rajapaksa brothers together don’t have a proper degree among them!

          IN context, Hambantota should be made an autonomous province of Sri Lanka and Jarapassa sent to rule that place and the Mabantota Hambaya Modayas who vote for the Jarapassa family of corrupt criminals and their rapist friends like the murderer of Mr. Kuram Sheik.
          Civilized Colombo does not want or need Gotabaya the Goon’s city beautification. Sri Lanka and Colombo need to declare independence from the Southern Province and Hambantota District which if full of SInhalaya Modayas who need a voter education and political education campaign..

    • 0
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      All SriLankan readers of CT are now familiar with who Titsaranee is, his smart arse remarks and his irrelevant quotes and the interesting ‘references’ schedule!
      [Edited out]

      • 8
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        Being an enthusiastic arselickers of Rajapaksa, this truthful piece by Ms Gunasekera appears to have hit Arawak nerve in your limp body, no? Paw aney ,

    • 2
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      How much better off you would have been Thiru, if you lived under VP.

    • 5
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      No doubt, Rajapskshe should be hung. Then only we would ever be able to breath in.

      All gods be with right parties in this conviction.

      Days are numbered, we the right thinking ones would rally round those who have been longing for JUSTICE (war end related civilians killings, and all the other crimes, he deliberately performed since war is no longer there).

    • 1
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      Thiru .

      thanks to Mara and their polices, there will be huge demand for Chastity belts by the Paras, in Lanka, the Native Land of Native Vedda, the original inhabitants of the Island.

      Now that the Para war between the Para-Sinhala and Para-Tamil is over, the Paras are after raping the people.

      Time to get into this business.

      Chastity belt

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chastity_belt

      A chastity belt is a locking item of clothing designed to prevent sexual intercourse. Such belts were historically designed for women,[1][2][3] ostensibly for the purpose of chastity, in order to protect women from rape or to dissuade women and their potential sexual partners from sexual temptation; to this extent, some devices were especially designed to prevent masturbation.[1] Modern versions of the chastity belt are predominantly, but not exclusively, used in the BDSM community,[1] and chastity belts are now designed for male wearers in addition to female wearers.

      Today, chastity belts are sometimes used in BDSM play and in consensual relationships. They are a means for the wearer to surrender control over their sexual behavior either for sexual play, or as a long-term method of preventing infidelity or masturbation. They range from simple leather or plastic toys commonly sold by adult stores to expensive high-security stainless steel devices made by a handful of specialist firms.

      In 1998, racial riots against the ethnic Chinese in West Java prompted the production and sale of “anti-rape corsets”. These were Florentine-type belts of imitation leather-covered plastic, fastened with a combination lock. The belts had a solid crotch strap without holes, and were intended only for brief outings.[13]

      On February 6, 2004, USA Today reported that at Athens airport in Greece, a woman’s steel chastity belt had triggered a security alarm at the metal detector. The woman explained that her husband had forced her to wear the device to prevent an extramarital affair while she was on vacation in Greece. She was allowed to continue her flight to London on the pilot’s authority. The incident was said to have happened just before Christmas in 2003.[15]

      In 2007, the Asian Human Rights Commission reported that women were being forced to wear chastity belts in the Indian state of Rajasthan.[18]

      In 2008, masseuses in Batu, Indonesia were required to wear belts with a lock and key during working hours, to prevent prostitution.[19]

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      Tisaranee Gunasekara

      Thuggistan!

      Balu Thuggistan!

      Land of the Para-Thuggistan!

      Can we send the Paras to South India, as shown by their DNA, so that the land of the Native Veddah can be kept in an environmentally pristine state?

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      ha! ha! it is all international conspiracy. -:)

      ———————————————-
      No room for any injustice to any community in Sri Lanka, President assures

      Apr 20, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa said that there is no room for any community to suppress another community on the grounds of religion or ethnicity and assured that no injustice will be done to any ethnicity.

      Speaking at the opening of the new bridge across Batticaloa lagoon connecting Batticaloa and Ampara, the President said certain foreign elements were trying to create problems between communities and religions and destroy national harmony by spreading false rumors.
      —————————————

  • 3
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    If only one could say ‘the end is nigh’! The truth is that we, as a nation, are somewhere within an inexorable decline into an unimaginable hell. We all bear a responsibility for this state; our political leaders, our spiritual leaders, those charged with upholding law and order and justice, our teachers, and yes, every man and woman who passes by ‘on the other side’ not wanting ‘to get involved because it’s not my business’. Still, it is something to leave our children to sort out.

  • 3
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    This is what you get when people elect a leader, who was remanded for murder but released for “lack of evidence” as the president again and again, and may be yet again.

    Mass murder, mass rape and torture in large scale with people disappearing without trace is what the Mahinda regime dishes out.

    It’s the people’s fault they elect this criminal as president again and again, and they get what they condone — thuggery.

    • 10
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      But the days ahead, the Karma will shape up his fate – for sure.
      We have had the kind of leaders – but they and their systems did not exist longer (e.g Rpremadasa). This time, the fate of the man would be far simlar to that of Gadafi, whose siblings,offsprings and almost everyone got killed one behind the other.

  • 5
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    My Dad used to say that in the worst of people, there is some good left in them. If he had known about the Medamulane villagers,he would have said that there are exceptions to his saying.

    • 4
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      Great one :) I liked it.

      Cheers

    • 1
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      Well, nobody talks about Mahinda Rajapakse’s daughter, why?

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        This is an elastic question. This bugger has sons/daughters in every part of the hamlet??

  • 0
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    Just to recap: we have a plethora of marriage forms, commonly love-marriage, arranged-marriage, marriage-of-convenience etc. etc. to which we now can add marriage-by-prefuck (if minister for arrested child development and womanly matters, Tissa Karay badda has his way). Laughable, if not for the fact that this is yet another nail in the coffin of our 2500-year civilisation.

    • 2
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      “yet another nail in the coffin of our 2500-year civilisation. “

      Lankians Born Free with DNA of 2500 years if at all then elsewhere.

      Age of consent in different nations differ from 13-16 years – the continent is vastly different from UK when it comes to attitudes towards sex, affection etc.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RkxqxWgEEz4

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    So what have these first woman prime minister and presidents done about rape??

    The classic vatti amma’s just fattened themselves.

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      what has herbeing to do with today´s problems ?

      All other successive could have fulfilled their part accordingly.

      I have no doubt, anyleader in no war situation would have done more in the line of reenforcement of law and order. That is the foundation. But the highly corrupted, once alleged to have been murderous, proved to have been the tsunami fund embezzler to move other directions, fooling the nation further is beyond all margins.

      If Premadasa deserved to be exploded, Mahinda Rajapakshe should long have been punished by all gods – already long ago. May be he is the next being stood on the line.. you never know .. but signs re becoming clear.

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        “what has herbeing to do with today´s problems ?”

        So Passa fell from the tree but was never a leftist who rose the ranks??

        You voted for the dead forgetting the folk alive.

        Woman started the womens affairs ministry with a lot of fan fare to show the world we are the best even though we are spice colony –

        They just did handloom and haden hal habae kunu bakkeye thiyenne habai apeta sultanas X’mas cake pennande (rice from moon but available in the dust bin but only we have sultanas in our X’mas cake etc)

        Sold a gift Diego Garcia to the UK to lease it out to the Americans as the most sophisticated nuclear base- where is MH 370??
        Diego Garcia is present HQ for Goota’s Sihala buddhist Lanka

        The lefties paved the way to chaos by going shopping and doodling.

        did the women at least do something about rape, incest breed, or stipulate age of consent?? nada.

        You voted passa and familial the american gigaloo now live in the banana republic untill you cannibalise yourselves or start making soylent green.

        The future is bleak for the slaves of spice colony.

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      @Javi

      “The classic vatti amma’s just fattened themselves”

      Ha, ha; Simply love that one. So very true.

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    Another ignoramus this Tisaranee! Sinhala Buddhists know very well that women exist for men to have sex with and of course to cook, clean and keep house and in fact to do all the work so that men can live in comfort without having to do any work. If a man has sex with a woman then that woman must live with that man and do all his work and make him happy. So the rape marriage act will do fine and everyone will be happy. If a man wants to marry a woman all he will have to do is to rape the woman. This will reduce the ridiculous cost of weddings and all that. Women from all over the world who are finding it difficult to find husbands may then come rushing to Sri Lanka and Hambantot may become the rape wedding capital of the world.Good no? We Sinhala Buddhists are PROUD people and our way of life is better than anything in the world.

    • 4
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      This may be also a solution to boat people and asylum seekers.
      If you are a man rape a female tourist if you are a woman get raped by a male tourist
      Then under hype new Sri Lankan law they get married and off they go.

    • 0
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      Crazyoldman your lifeless slip is showing.

      The sihala learnt all what you say about marriage and rape from the tamils/dowery.

      BTW a tourist is not bound by lankan law but have to respect while there.

      Its high time men like you provided chastity belts for your tamil girls in the island if the ltte does not.

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    .
    How about the soldiers who rapes dead bodies?

    :-)

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      The dead person marry the rapist posthumously.
      I assume that female soldiers also rape by forcing the penis of the dead man down their vagina

  • 1
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    We want Nazarstan in Jaffna.

    • 1
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      Fathima, why do you ALWAYS make catty remarks?

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    aratai

    Do you have any incident in which SL soldiers had sex with dead bodies (Necrophilia)?

    Some Egyptians want the law to allow husbands the right to have sex with their dead wife.

    Must the Sri Lankan government consider legalising Necrophilia for the benefit of its armed forces?

    • 1
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      This is dead boring!

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        Spring Koha

        “This is dead boring!”

        What is?

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          Native Vedda: Just to clarify – sex with dead bodies is ‘dead boring’. (On the other hand, sex with some one of the family is only relatively boring).

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            Native Vedda: just to clarify that my ‘dead boring’ comment was in response to the original (aratai) comment “”How about the soldiers who rapes dead bodies? :-)”” and must have ended up out of alignment.

  • 4
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    Many politicians of the present government and almost all from deep south are criminals and underworld goons of the first family. They are the ones who had been rampaging in raping young and old and tourists. The law to be presented could be at their request so that any pretty lass these goons want could be force to marriage after raping them and forcing them to agree to their wishes. Most of the citizens deserve this treatment for casting their vote to the ruling party.

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    14,5 % of the male population have admitted committing rape. and multiple rapes for that matter ,..According to Ms T’s UN stats. Right !!.

    What would be the total if the non admitters are added..?..

    Wouldn’t that make virtually every Sinhala Buddhist Lankan woman a rape victim as Ms T’s and co only attribute these rapes to Sinahala Buddhists.?..

    Even the Colombo elite are getting sick of the bullshit politics of the UNP and their unwavering allegiance to the White Sahibs i Cameron, Harper and the lady Ambassador and her her friends in Washington, who are now seen by the great majority as the enemies of the state and Ms Pillai as Satan’s sister.

    Wouldn’t it be a surprise when these Ms T’s ilk tell the elite that the well paying jobs in the Crown Casino for their kids are bad. and it will destroy Buddhjist culture,when these elites are mainly non Buddhists .

    And even the few Buddhists among the Elite only patronize the Bellanthara Temple when the high Priest there throws his annual B Day bashes.with full y catered Chicken Buriyani Buffets…

    A school principal who molested young girls was sent to the slammer for 95 years recently…

    Ms T’s stats which evidently comes fro the UN ( wonder whether it is the same dept which gives Ms Pillai her figure on genocide) doesn’t get a mention of these figures

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      K.A.Sumanasekara

      I am indeed not only relieved but also happy that you are back to your pristine former self.

      During your absence in the past few weeks no one in this forum missed you.

      • 0
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        Dear Native,

        As an election monitor independent of course I was busy gathering info and observing the current development and progress our fellow inhabitants are enjoying.

        And glad to report that that it is nothing like your mates and as well as Ms Pillai are trying to portray.

        The development and Economic activity in just one Sq Kilometer around the Ramakrisna Kovil in Colombo 6 was unbelievable.

        New Super Luxury coach stand, spanking new Ramakrisna Kovil from the former hole in the wall Siva temple, extension of the Marine Drive, and the up comnig Tourist precinct along its shore, Spanking new Hotels, Restaurants and 12 story luxury Apartment blocks for the Vellala Diasporians are mind boggling.

        You should take a trip too and see how the Vellalas are going about their daily lives now in comparison to the days when the Real Etate in Wellalawatta was held by the LTTE financiers and rented out to suicide bombers and assassins of Prabakaran.

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    ..”Amina did not want to marry her rapist, but the rapist was willing, her parents were willing and the judge was willing. After several months of abusive marriage, Amina drank rat poison. She was just sixteen”. On a different note, does this not ring a bell, Mr. Hitlerpassa??

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      No the moron would wake up only after Namal baby would have been raped by the goon ( in dark T shirt) publicly attacked that UNP MP during their fact finding mission two days ago to Hambantota.Not even Gunathambe prisoners would have had that kind of criminal energies, but Rajapakshe thugs have that. This is the reality with his pressent day politics.

      Even today, I heard bugger publicly making rhetorics, no any nationalities would face any threats under his regime. This man may be speaking from the other end, I think. Gaping folks would not stop being away from his inaugarations.

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    LTTE Velu was the Biggest notorious thug in world’s history, ruling north and East Thuggistan for 30 Years. But ultimately the whole family along with some 30,000 LTTE thugs ended up eating mud in Nanthikandal lagoon.

    Now we have a Southern Thug thinking he is smarter than LTTE VP. This thug not only harass all minority parties in Sri Lanka but also challenges the USA, UK, Canada,UN and India as well.

    Very soon this southern Thug and his crooks won’t even have mud to eat, but there won’t be even a Lagoon or pond left to rest in peace.

    Thuggistan coming to South pretty soon with no return ticket.

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    I have two questions:

    1. When is Same Sex Marriage going to be legalized in Sri Lanka? There are bound to be many many homos who are salivating at the thought of raping and getting married to the buxom Namal Baby.

    2. If a man is attracted to a married woman, fair skinned, sexy looking, having four/five offspring, middle aged, padded with tsunami booty, will the new law allow him to rape her and demand from the husband to share the woman and her wealth?

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    This is verygood thing for Sri Lankan A-holes and modayas who is voting for this Rajapkasha [Edited out].they disserved it.Thanks Rajapksha company.

  • 0
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    It is absurd to marry rapist. The best thing is to give a maximum compensation to the victim & max. punishment to rapist.

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    The Hambanthota thugs have now met their match and they have one month in which to pack their bags and disappear into the wilderness or face the consequences.
    The Prime Minister in waiting has already said the he will set up his own inquiry to try Mahintha. SF has already volunterred to give evidence.

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