19 September, 2020

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Video: Haunted By Her Yesterdays

This documentary tells a story of silent agony, trapped screams and repressed mourning. A story of women forced to deny their identity — who are trapped in between a government which sees them as “Tigers,” and a society whose norms they are no longer deemed worthy of.

These women fought bravely alongside men as members of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) during Sri Lanka’s bloody thirty-year civil war. From protectors and defenders of their families, villages and nation, thousands of female ex-combatants have now returned home to assume more traditional roles as mothers, wives, widows, and teachers — in communities where they are perpetually shunned. Through several powerful voices, “Haunted by Her Yesterdays” allows a few to share their pain and suffering — the wounds that remain unhealed, the scars that are impossible to ignore and the hearts that still burn with pain, passion and grief — for the world to hear. This film is a gripping tale of loss, betrayal and struggle, but –above all else — it is a search for inspiration and a call for action. As the country’s war-torn North and East struggles to rebuild itself, this documentary tells a deeply moving story that has been overlooked for far too long.

By The Social Architects South Asia

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    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

    Would you please comment on this clip?

    We need not to go into the history of LTTE as we already knew a lot about its brutality.

    Lets look at the issues these women have raised particularly those social stigmas they suffer among your people and then their safety issues.

    What have you done in the past few years since the end of the war?

    You should listen carefully to what the women have to say about their lives. These are human stories which we cannot afford to ignore.

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      Rajasingham Narendran would suggest that Gota his hero will solve their problems !
      After all he is the one who “lauded” the government as part of the diaspora group !!!
      (A google search would confirm this)

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        I went to my ancestral home in Vaddukoddai. I was very sad to note a vast collection of my father’s books in his study have been destroyed. The collection of pictures with important political figures and the letters written to him by prominent people were lost. Only the picture he had taken with former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had remained in a corner. We talk about the burning of the Jaffna Public Library. But our house and the collection of books and other important documents have been destroyed by the LTTE. The house was used by LTTE theoretician, Anton Balasingham and the outfit’s political stalwart Yogaratnam Yogi.

        Dr. A. Baheerathan, son of the late TULF leader, Appapillai Amirthalingam

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          Dr Baheerathan,
          I used to go to TULF meeting organised by your dad and others including some one called Vannai Ananthan. They used to say we would fight and we would get arms from other countries. That is how they got the votes until your dad became the opposition leader. I was watching your dad listening with the head phone when the Sinhalese celebrated the opening ceremony of the new parliament while the slow massacre was still going on. we were helpless.I was one of those affected by the standardisation. Always watching the papers what your dad and his followers write about discriminations and what they did for that , until became the opposition leader.
          I do understand your voice against LTTE . but as a doctor do not go to the extent to bend you…. to support MR at this climate
          still remember you mum garlanded MR when he came to UK couple of years ago. do not do this just for the sake of your disputes with LTTE.

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          Bahir

          We too experienced the same tragedy. My father’s vast collection of books and historical records were taken away by open lorry loads by the LTTE in Jaffna. The LTTE men who undertook the operation gave callous disregard to the valuable books. Whilst they were taking the books away some fell on the road and were not collected.

          When I and my brother Dr Narendran were met by the infamous

          Nediyavan of the LTTE before my incarceration, his response to my dejected brother was ‘how do you know the books won’t be safe in our hands. We have facilities to safeguard them’.

          Where is LTTE?, Where are the books? Where is Nediyavan?

          The very same Nediyavan told me at the meeting that ‘LTTE is not worried about its proscription in the UK. Once we take control of all the Tamil organisations there, the very Terrorism Act will become meaningless for the LTTE’.

          Jayadevan

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        After joining the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) formally the two friends Shenuka and Nirmala were lodged at the house of a widowed mother of three daughters by senior tiger leader Murali. This lady was an aunt of Bharathan Rajanayagam who was then in charge of the LTTE ‘s TV and photographic unit.

        Bharathan’s father Rajanayagam master was a respected progressive citizen of Jaffna. I have been to his house in Thirunelvely a few times in 1986 to visit HN Fernando the teachers trade union activist and brother in law of former JVP leader Rohana Wijeweera.HN was a friend and one of my earliest contacts from the time I was a reporter on the Tamil daily “Virakesari”.

        Comrade HN had fled Colombo to escape the Jayewardena Govt crackdown and was staying with the Rajanayagam family.

        Those were interesting times when Sinhala progressives fearing the UNP regime found a safe haven in “semi-liberated”Jaffna. Tragically in 1987 this situation changed and many Sinhalese in Jaffna were killed by the LTTE in revenge for the deaths of 12 tigers including Kumarappa,Pulenthiran, Nalan and Abdullah.But HN and other Southern progressives had moved back then due to the peace ushered in by the Indo-Lanka accord.

        Bharathan’s family was highly politicized. One of his sisters Kunthavai too was a member of the LTTE “Freedom Birds” .His brother Bharathi is a well –known Journalist in the Tamil media. Bharathan’s aunt in whose house Shenuka and Nirmala were staying had three daughters. Two of them bearing the noms de guerre “Chithra and Ruby” were members of the LTTE women’s wing “Suthanthirapparavaigal”(Birds of Freedom) and obtained arms training.

        Meanwhile the families of both Shenuka and Nirmala were shattered by the news.Girls of their family background joining the LTTE was something new then and this development was something sensational in the circles they moved in.Many sympathized while some gossiped that the girls had “eloped”. Shenukas father working in the middle-east was informed but he could not suddenly take leave and come to Sri Lanka due to contractual obligations.

        RAZAAK

        Interestingly one of the first to meet the two girls and lash out angrily for having joined the LTTE was “Razaak” who was an uncle of a classmate of the two girls at Chundikuli Girls College.Despite being a tiger himself ,Razaak wanted the girls whom he knew well through his niece to quit and return to normal life. But the two girls starry-eyed with the dream of Eelam refused and managed to get him to convey a message to their families.

        The girls had not brought any spare clothes or extra under garments or toilet accessories. They had simply dropped everything and just come away. Shenuka being a bookworm had only brought some of her books along. While this was proof of their unbridled enthusiasm it was also a manifestation of their naïve, romantic idealism.

        So Razaak informed their families and brought back some clothes, under garments and toilet accessories.The two mothers however rushed to the LTTE main office near the Jaffna University to meet their daughters. They were allowed to do so. In later years the LTTE would not permit new recruits to immediately meet families.They could meet only after training was over.

        But in this case the LTTE in 1987 seems to have been very lenient and easy going. The mothers of Nirmala and Shenuka were allowed frequent visits to see their daughters. The meetings would take place at the LTTE main office opposite the Varsity. Cadres would fetch the two girls living in close proximity to the office. Despite maternal pleading both daughters had refused firmly to return. So the meetings became simple conversations although the reflection of sorrow in the eyes of the two mothers was clearly discernible.

        It appears that the LTTE leaders of the time were somewhat reluctant to tear these two girls away from their doting families and absorb them into the LTTE as armed fighters. These daily family meetings were encouraged perhaps to discourage the new tigress recruits.

        It may also have been a test to gauge the extent of their commitment and resolve. Shenuka and Nirmala in spite of the many meetings did not waver or falter.After some days these meetings ended as the girls were relocated elsewhere. Perhaps they had passed the “test” with flying colours.

        DISCIPLINE

        During the preliminary phase of her “tigress” life Shenuka as was her nature used to ask many questions some of them rather irreverent. She was soon put in her place by Thileepan and Murali. Shenuka was told that she was now in a militant organization and subject to military discipline. She was not supposed to raise questions but simply obey orders unquestioningly. Like Tennyson’s “light brigade” hers was “not to reason why “but simply “do or die”.

        It was during their stay with Bharathan’s aunt that the two SOLT (Students organization of Liberation Tigers)members interacted closely with the “Birds of Freedom” women’s division of the LTTE political wing. The “freedom Birds” co-founder and head was the be-spectacled ,matronly Gayathri known as Gayathri Akka to the girls.

        Both Shenuka and Nirmala met and made new friends through their interaction with other members of “Freedom Birds” many of whom were on the waiting list for arms training. Among these new friends and comrades were Gayathri Akka,Chitra,Ruby,Mithila, Bamini and Kunthavai who was Bharathan’s sister. Both Nirmala and Shenuka were referred to by others as the “SOLT Pettaigal” (girls from SOLT)

        One of the main duties of these Birds of freedom was to cook food,wrap food parcels and deliver them to LTTE cadres manning various sentry points. The food was generally puttu (pittu) and Paruppu(dhal) or Soru(rice) and payithangaai (snake beans). The parcels were delivered to sentry points at 11 am (breakfast)4pm (lunch) and 10 pm (dinner).

        Apparently Shenuka who had shunned cooking at home because of her self-perception as Bharathiyar’s “Puthumaippenn”(nouveau woman)hated these tasks.The freedom birds were also given basic training in administering first-aid.

        POETRY

        It was during this time that LTTE political commissar for Jaffna Rasiah Parthiban alias Thileepan who was in overall charge of the Birds of Freedom inducted Shenuka into the editorial board of the monthly journal “Suthanthirapparavaigal”. Apart from editorial duties she was asked to write poems for the magazine.

        Holy Family Convent, Jaffna
        Thileepan knew that the “Tamil Tigress” author had a flair for writing poetry.As a student at Holy Family Convent (HFC)she had won awards for poetry in 1984 and 85 and also won a Jaffna district competition for Tamil poetry in 1985. She had also won a poetry award at Chundikuli Girls College(CGC) and published her poem in the College magazine.
        Shenuka had also maintained a crimson coloured notebook in which she inscribed her poems.Later this book assumed a life of its own.One of her relatives “Ravi Anna” was a medic in the Eelam Peoples Revolutionary Liberation Front(EPRLF)known as “Dr.Benjamin”. In 1986 December he had borrowed the book from her to read. Shortly afterwards the LTTE launched a fratricidal onslaught on the EPRLF.

        “Benjamin” was also detained by the LTTE. Sadly he was among the scores of detenues executed in cold blood by LTTE senior commander Aruna in 1987. Aruna had gone berserk after an attack on his close friend, former Jaffna commander Sathasivampillai Krishnakumar alias Kittu. He had mowed down these members of rival groups being held under LTTE detention.

        The red poetry book was seized by the LTTE from Benjamin. It was not returned to the author but kept in the LTTE media office. The author of “Tamil Tigress” as a student used to write heroic poems and drop them off in the LTTE complaints/suggestions boxes. The tigers were extremely curious about the mystery poet but were unable to find out the true identity. But now with the book in their possession the tigers were able to compare the mystery poems written in beautiful handwriting and discover the truth.

        But the saga of the red book of poetry did not end there. When hostilities broke out between the Indian army and the tigers the LTTE media office was raided by the IPKF and among the material seized was the poetry book. The Indian army then came to Shenuka’s house on Rakka lane and interrogated the family. Her sister was asked to read and translate the poems into English.

        OPPRESSION

        It later transpired that the Indian army officer who asked the sister to translate was a Tamil by ethnicity. He later revealed he was a Tamil and that he could understand the meaning of the poetry very well. He praised the quality of the poems and said they helped make him realize the sense of oppression felt by Tamils and the reasons for their taking up arms. The poetry book was taken away by the Indian officer and may perhaps be in his possession still.

        Shenuka’s creative impulses continued even after she lost the red book. She had now started writing poems in an ordinary exercise book. She wrote even during her arms training period and during the fighting with the Indian army. Once again she lost the poetry book on December 1st 1987 to the Indian army after a raid on the place she was hiding in with her comrades. What happened to the poetry book is unknown. But she stopped writing Tamil poems after that.

        So it seems obvious that Thileepan got her to write poems for “Suthanthirapparavaigal” magazine with full knowledge of her creative talent. During her short stint at the editorial board she wrote three poems for the magazine.Two were published under her nom de guerre Shenuka and one as Nirmala ,her friend Ajanthi’s nom de guerre.

        Two of Shenukas poems were also published in the Jaffna daily “Eezhamurasu” which had been taken over from its owner Mayil. Amirthalingam by the tigers and was being run as a LTTE newspaper.

        After some weeks at Thirunelvely both girls were sent by Thileepan to stay in a very poor neighbourhood in Navaaly,Manipay. This was shortly before “Operation Liberation” was launched by the Sri Lankan armed forces on May 26th 1987. The military operation in the Vadamaratchy region did not affect normalcy in other parts of Jaffna peninsula.

        EXPERIENCE

        The relocation to Navaaly was a test to expose the middle class girls from a comfortable background to squalid surroundings and harsh conditions. Here the two friends slept on the bare floor, washed and bathed at an open well and used a squat bucket toilet. It was a new experience.

        However both Shenuka and Nirmala were regarded as “special” by their hosts and neighbours. They were referred to as “Nalla kudumbathup Pillaigal” (Children from good families) and treated like royalty. They were overfed despite protests and the overfeeding stopped only after Nirmala threw out after an “enforced” heavy meal.

        During this time the girls went to a hospital in Manipay where injured tigers were being treated. The sight of maimed,limbless cadres at the hospital moved both girls immensely.

        Signing of Indo-Lanka accord

        It was while they were in Navaaly that India conducted “Operation Poomaalai” on June 4th 1987. Indian planes violated Sri Lankan airspace and threw down food containers over Jaffna. It was a strong signal conveyed by New Delhi to Colombo.President JR Jayewardena understood the implications and caved in to Indian pressure thus paving the way for the signing of the Indo-Lanka accord.

        Shenuka and her friend Nirmala were recalled to Jaffna town by Thileepan shortly after the Indian air drop. They were now assigned sentry duty at the Jaffna Fort vicinity. The Sri Lankan army was expected to move out en masse from the Fort camp and the tigers were ever vigilant. Assigning sentry duty to the girls also gave them exposure to the frontlines.

        SENTRY DUTY

        Six girls Chithra, Sanjika, Thuvaraga,Bhanu, Shenuka and Nirmala were grouped into one unit and assigned sentry duty. They stayed at Chithra’s house in Thirunelvely and cycled to and from the Jaffna fort area. There were male tiger cadres also on sentry duty. Shenuka and the others were on duty at the Telecommunications building vicinity.

        Jaffna Fort – in Jun 2010 – pic courtesy of: Gane

        The duties of the girls were of a supplementary nature. The actual sentries were the male cadres. The six girls were there on a stand –by basis. They had to simply observe and wait in readiness with first –aid kits. The sentry posts assigned to them were NO 2 ,3 and 6. The six girls were placed in pairs to each sentry post. Venthan was in charge of Sentry post 6 and Muthu of Sentry post 3.

        Chithra whose real name was Tharany and Shenuka were placed in Sentry post no 2. Rangan also known as Kuberan was in charge here. Little did Shenuka realize that Rangan was there for a purpose and that the God of love “ Manmathan” was firing his five flowered arrows in the midst of war and death.

        Rangan whose real name was Rajasooriyar had had an “eye” on Shenuka even as a schoolgirl and tried to draw her attention many times. But she apparently was unaware of his interest. After Shenuka joined the LTTE Rangan renewed his efforts. Incidently Rangan is referred to as “Roshan” in the “Tamil Tigress” book.

        Despite the strict disciplinary code forbidding intra-tiger romances, many cadres of the LTTE found ways and means of circumventing them. Not even hard core tigers could curb natural impulses and resist that “many splendoured thing called love”. Their great leader Prabhakaran too had fallen in love with Madhivadhani Erambu of Pungudutheevu and even amended the LTTE rule book to get married to her. Others like Kittu,Kumarappa, Pottu Amman, Mahathaya and Soosai had also fallen in love and married.

        Rangan who had set his sights on Shenuka made his desire known to many comrades at arms.Since “all the world loves a lover”many in the LTTE began helping him quietly to woo Shenuka. Rangan who was attached to the LTTE camp on Temple road was suddenly “transferred” to sentry duty at the Jaffna Fort when Shenuka was assigned duty there. Moreover Shenuka and Chithra were placed under him at sentry post no 2.

        RANGAN

        Since Rangan had a hidden agenda his interaction with the two girls at his sentry post were different to that of his colleagues Muthu and Venthan. Shenuka unaware of Rangan’s intentions then complained that she and Chithra were not learning anything whereas their friends at no 3 and 6 were being taught new things.

        Rangan then began instructing the two girls about firearms while on sentry duty. He taught them the finer points of different fire-arms and how to dismantle , assemble and load guns.They were also shown many firing positions. They would also discuss many things about different aspects of various firearms.

        After two weeks, sentry duty was over for the girls. To her surprise Shenuka found Rangan too ending his sentry duty at the Fort and returning to the Temple road camp. This made her suspicious that Rangan being stationed at the Jaffna Fort while she was there may not have been entirely a coincidence. Her doubts were further strengthened by the conduct of her friends

        Her comrades and friends now began to tease her about Rangan.They cracked jokes and passed hints. The biggest match-making effort was by none other than the “Suthanthirapparavaigal” head Gayathri akka herself. She and Rangan’s elder sister Rathy had studied together at the Jaffna university and were friends. Gayathri akka would often refer to their family in general and Rangan in particular while conversing with Shenuka.

        Gradually Shenuka too began developing a soft corner for Rangan. But the mutual “crush” never flowered into a budding romance. There was no significant forward movement because of the LTTE code forbidding romances among cadres. Also Shenuka was inhibited by another factor. Rangan was a Hindu while she was a Christian. Since her parents were from different religions and this had caused some tensions , the girl was wary of of crossing religious lines.

        DRIVER

        Rangan however continued expressing his feelings for her in many bizarre ways . He was a good driver and would often drive LTTE vehicles. Whenever he saw Shenuka cycling on the road he would drive fast pretending to drive her off the road. He would drive at break neck speed over pot holes and rock the vehicle tooting his horn

        It was Rangan who drove former tiger deputy –leader Gopalaswamy Mahendrarajah alias Mahathaya and the LTTE’s ex-political adviser Anton Balasingham to the Palaly army camp to visit the detained LTTE leaders Pulenthiran and Kumarappah in October 1987. It was then that Cynaide was surreptitiously passed to them by the Mahathaya-Balasingham duo. Their suicide was the flashpoint of tension that triggered off the fighting between the Indian army and the LTTE.

        After Shenuka’s arms training period was over and she returned home for a few weeks Rangan began visiting her . He would sit in the front verandah and chat with her. Though Shenuka liked Rangan and talked to him often she did not encourage his attentions seriously. This was because of her reluctance to fall in love due to the LTTE disciplinary code and the religious factor.

        There was also another incident which illustrated the depth of feeling and concern in Rangan for Shenuka. This was after the fighting had begun with the Indian army. After the abortive attack on the Jaffna University premises by Indian paratroopers the varsity was subjected to intensive artillery shelling. The LTTE also stationed many sentries in and around the campus anticipating a second assault.

        Shenuka and some of her friends were also posted as sentries on campus precincts.Shenuka and Kanchana were in one building while Nihintha and Nirmala were in another. Kanchana and Shenuka were scribbling on a blackboard and having fun when a shell exploded on the building causing both to hit the ground.

        SHRAPNEL

        None sustained serious injuries but a piece of shrapnel had struck Shenuka’s foot. The LTTE medic a 3rd year medical student named Ranjan administered some first aid putting cotton wool and a bandage.Later when Rangan/Kuberan came to see Shenuka he found blood oozing through the bandage. He got upset and frantically got down a civilian medico friend of his to attend to the wound and treat it. Rangan’s worry that day was an index of his feelings. Shenuka carries the scar on her foot to this day.

        Shenuka’s final meeting with Rangan was not very pleasant. He was wearing a sarong and this irritated her for some reason at that time. So she began admonishing him and there was a heated argument. Neither one knew then that this meeting in October was going to be their last. As the war escalated both had different duties to discharge and went their separate ways.

        Nearly two years later during the peace interlude when Ranasinghe Premadasa was the President , Rangan went to the up country in search of Shenuka but she was then in India. A year later after the Indian army departed and war erupted with Colombo again,Rangan quit the LTTE.He then went to India to make travel arrangements and leave for Europe. Shenuka had by then left India and gone to Australia.

        While Rangan was in India making arrangements to travel abroad, fate played a nasty trick on him. The LTTE assassinated former Indian prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in Sreeperumpudhoor on May 21st 1991. One-eyed” sivarasan was the alleged mastermind. Unfortunately for Rangan while in India he had met his old acquaintance Sivarasan who had asked him to drive his vehicle on a few occasions as a favour. Rangan who was fascinated by fast vehicles obliged him.

        When the Indian authorities cracked down on the LTTE in Tamil Nadu Rajasooriyar alias Rangan was also arrested.

        INDICTED

        To strike a personal note Rangan’s brother in law who is a friend of mine contacted me.He was then living in Norway. I helped in a small way by putting him in touch with Bhakthavatsalam the Chennai-based Civil rights lawyer to watch Rangan’s interests.

        Rajasooriyar alias Rangan described as an “ace driver” by Indian officials was indicted for the Rajiv Gandhi murder and intitially sentenced to death. Subsequently the sentence was reduced to a term of imprisonment. After serving his sentence Rangan was released but confined to a refugee camp in Tamil Nadu for a while. Later he left India and sought a new life elsewhere.

        This then is the brief tale of the “ budding romance ”between Rangan and Shenuka. It was a mutual “crush” and never ever became a serious love affair. The amorous arrows of the Roman God Cupid and Greek God Eros failed to strike bulls eye here.

        Nevertheless the short episode demonstrated that love springs eternal amidst war and death and that even two legged felines cannot be insulated from experiencing romantic pangs.

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          You need to be a little bit more detailed than this. Please expand your arguments.

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          This is from dbsjeyaraj.com

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      Vedda.. its good that she in this highly propaganda version can and live to tell the story.. but ‘From protectors and defenders of their families’ what rubbish.. Ever heard of Akila.. Akila forced many many Tamil women to turn them self into suicide bombs.. If not their families would have to endure the pleasure of Akila’s wrath.. These methods of forced recruitment of female carders to kill them self was not done voluntarily to defend and serve as Thurka and Vithusha later said in their many speeches we will hunt them down and be more ruthless with their families than the sighala. Lest cut the propaganda. That why girls were hidden and hiding in barrels when Thurka and Vithusha came looking for them. You fools first learn the LTTE history before you vomit.

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        Periyar E. V. Ramasamy

        “You fools first learn the LTTE history before you vomit.”

        Stupid man this is what I said in my first comment:

        “We need not to go into the history of LTTE as we already knew a lot about its brutality.”

        I object to you calling me a fool. Remember I am only bit thick.

        Your comment makes me wonder whether you have anything to offer to humanity.

        There are 20 Million reason as to why I don’t expect humanity from stupid racist Sinhalese/Tamils and you are one of them.

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        PriyaThambi ;)
        •”Peace cannot be kept by force. It can only be achieved by understanding.”
        •”If A is a success in life, then A equals x plus y plus z.
        Work is x; y is play; and z is keeping your mouth shut.”
        Albert Einstein

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        Periyar, just out of curiosity have dropped your demand for a Dravidistan or have delegated it Jaya akka?

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      Narendran,
      You are the man who said that these women were forced to jump from trees to abort when pregnant. So you were there.
      What is your response?

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        As a doctor this is the first time I heard that you could cause abortion by jumping from trees. I am wondering why these women who want abortion spend so much money visiting clinics or trying out dangerous methods themselves. They can simply keep on jumping from trees, which does not cost anything and trees are found in plenty.

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          RAJA,

          Would you let your pregnant wife, sister, daughter or a patient, jump from a tree? If not, why? It is of course the not the most efficacious way to abort, but what alternatives were left in a Vanni at war?

          Further, I am reporting only what was I heard from the IDP’s and made sense to me as a physiologist and a family man.

          Do not lose your objectivity, in pursuit of your objectives.

          Dr.RN

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      You are right, @Vedda, to see the crux of this documentary to be about the plight of female ex-combatants rather than about the LTTE per se.

      It is, nevertheless, a sad indictment of those wealthy ex-pats who supported the LTTE through lobbying, financial donations and the contribution of professional expertise. These people have now turned their backs on the survivors.

      The LTTE’s funds must have been invested in (not always in criminal) enterprises across the globe. Now that they no longer need guns or bombs, perhaps, their quartermasters should consider spending the money on the reconstruction of communities in general and the rehabilitation of ex-soldiers in particular.

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        Gerard Thurai

        You are right on securing livelihood for these women with or without the LTTE fund.

        However the point I raise here for further discussion is the attitude of rest of the society how they treat these destitute.

        The 90,000 young widows not only need food, clothing and shelter but they also need a man in the house.

        Get your Tamil Diaspora boys to look at these problems, if indeed they really care, let them chose their wives from North East.

        Approach Tamilnadu politicians to find men who are willing to marry these women and have life long commitment towards these women and their children.

        Discuss the socially taboo issue of taking two wives.

        I have read a lot about the plight of these young “prisoners of circumstances” condemned to serve life imprisonment in their own homes but a deafening silence is being maintained by the elites of the society on how best to deal with their physical, emotional, and psychological needs.

        Its time the stupid Tamils open up and shed crocodile tears, this is least they could do.

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    These destitutes have no human values as far as the diaspora are concerned.They belong to the lowest of the caste of tamils and as long as they fought the losing battle they were martyrs. The innocence lost and the child hood robbed is history.
    Pity what the likes of Ms. Pillai and Mr.moon & co., would have to say.

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      mohamed fazly ilyas

      “Pity what the likes of Ms. Pillai and Mr.moon & co., would have to say”

      For them this is just another story.

      Yours is a good question however the question should be how did these women arrive at this situation?

      Please look at it from a historical and humane points of view.

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      What about,

      TALEBAN & co, Al Qauida & Co,

      They do preach Child hood And Women’s freedom.

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        My country first. you wanna know about taliban, al qauida,? go to afghanistan or the UN.!

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    This is very unfortunate. This is why an independent international inquiry will bring some form of closure to their anguish and also in the cases of forced recruitment which amount to a war crime. Bensen

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      Independent international inquiry will not solve any problems facing these women at present.
      Give them sustainable employment , securiy, and if possible a husband to protect them

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        Cam

        Will you or your friends marry them and take responsibility expected of a husband?

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          If possible….

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            Cam

            What do you mean?

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              He will become a muslim to have 8 why not?

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    This is a troubling clip. First of all I would blame the community that does not accept these ex-combatants and protect them from harm. Secondly the Government of Sri Lanka not protecting them from the armed forces. What did Samarasinghe mean when he told the UN that the combatants are reformed?

    On the other hand this is also a warning to the people who still want a separate state. If there is a separate state in Sri Lanka then the situation of these ex-combatants would be worst.

    In Jaffna cast issue is a major issue. Its time for all Sri Lankans irrespective of the fact they are Sinhalese, or Tamils, all of us have to take this to heart and help these ex-combatants.

    I think the diaspora should also open their eyes. Where are the ladies who have “tea parties” in Colombo? Why won’t they help these ladies.

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      Yes, yas, there is no cast system in Budhism. Govigam, Narayan, papaya…… Are all in existing cast in Sri Lanka.

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        Did I say there is no cast system in Buddhism? Where did you get that? I remember as a child a teacher who was from Jaffna ( I am from upcountry) gave me an assignment. He asked my class to find out from our parents what caste we belong to, that was the homework for the Civics subject. So I went home, after dinner, when my father was reading the news papers I asked him what was our cast, the next thing I knew was a slap against my cheek and my father said we are “human cast”. I have never forgotten that.

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          Luckily he didn’t say that we are ‘Pod-cast’.

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    The Social Architects South Asia

    These women were brainwashed and recruited as child soldiers. The fact that the LTTE was able to do this openly on a wide scale shows the prevailing racist patriarchal ideology of the Tamil society as a whole at the time. No doubt there was an external factor – state oppression – which also contributed to this but there is no point in continuing to flog it to death. If we want to understand their current plight and prevent such a thing happening in the future we have to focus on the oppressive and patriarchal nature of traditional Tamil society especially Jaffna society. That is why the democratic struggle for the rights of the Tamil people soon turned into virulent jingoism and extreme rightwing nationalism.

    Overnight the whole society underwent fascist regimentation and violence was glorified over everything else. The prevailing patriarchy only made it worse for women though some starry-eyed feminists deceived themselves into believing that women wearing pants and riding motorbikes carrying AK47 was a sign of women liberation. People who criticized this as a further victimization of women were attacked by these “feminists” as indulging in Sinhala majoritarianism. Only today these “feminists” are opening their eyes. But perceptive people with true concern for these women were able to see the tragedy waiting to unfold in the scenario where these women had to gather every morning and give the Hitler salute to Prabakaran’s picture and swear allegiance to him personally before embarking on their task for the day.

    It was obvious, though these women were brainwashed to belive they were figting to liberate their people, they were in reality fighting for one meglomaniacal man. Such a state of affairs was only possible because of the deep-rooted patriarchy of the Tamil nationalist struggle. Unless Tamil people embark on genuine soul-searching such a tragedy cannot be prevented from happening again. The sharp difference between the way women cadre of the JVP were able to reintegrate into Sinhala society successfully and the ostricization of LTTE women fighters today shows the traditional oppressive social structre of Jaffna society is still intact despite the disruptions caused by the 30 year war.

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    A vert sad but true story. It is a sad reality that the Tamil society is living with, is responsible for and has done nothing about.

    The women cadres of the LTTE represented what was probably its finest aspects. These young women, whether they be volunteers or conscriptees, demonstrated what Tamil women or any women could be. We can debate the mweits of the cause they fought for, but cannot debate the greatness of these fine young women. They were liberated women, who could both fight a war and dance and sing on stage. They were the best of women and bettered men when called upon to do so. They were brave, committed and gave their best. I have heard of male cadre corruption and perversity, but nothing negative of these tigresses. They hunted, but they also nurtured.

    However, the LTTE misjudged the ability of the Tamil society to be progressive. The fatally conservative, back biting, jealous and sexist society has reverted back to its bad ways, faster than it has with many postives of the past. These young women are not the only victims of a cruel society. Thousands of young widows, abandoned yound wives, teenage orphans and young girl children are today the viciims of societal perversities. They are the targets for physical, mental, verabal and sexual abuse and gossip and sniggering. They are objects to be bought,sold, exploited and kicked around.

    The liberated female cadres of the LTTE are being caged by a cruel and backward Tamil society in many perverse and insidious ways.

    These women are however the backbone of the war-affected Tamil communities. They put up with every hardship, violence and perversity one could imagine, to earn a living and bring up their children. They are the most reliable work force in the north and east. The men are in large measure lazy, alcohlic, drug addicted, irresponsible vagadonds and sexual predators.

    These women are the responsibility of the Tamil community. Unless the Tamils do right by these women, Karma will continue to haunt them. These unfortunate yound women should be a big burden on our collective concience.

    Native Veddah has requested me to comment and has inquired as to what I have done. I have raised this issue on many fora and complained that the TNA has done nothing to highlight this problem. I have been amongst groups who have discussed these issues and have initiated small projects to pay attention to the issue. What I have done personally is infinismally insignificant in terms of the vastness and depth of the problem.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Never miss an opportunity to praise yourself do you :-)

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      The former LTTE female cadres suffer mostly from social stigma and physical insecurity.

      Social stigma

      This has to be dealt with by the Tamils themselves, though difficult but doable.

      Physical security

      The state can and should withdraw its armed forces from populated areas.

      As you are an active diaspora Tamil you should persuade your fellow Tamils to consider marrying these girls/women.

      The other alternative is to change Tamil attitude towards men marrying these girls/women as second wives provided that the men are able to maintain both women and shower love and affection equally. I know this is a controversial arrangement.

      Women also need someone to love, share and at times the odd cuddle and hug. Food alone is not sufficient. Under these difficult circumstances I believe there may be many kind women who may be willing to share their husbands with another women.

      Remember there are 90,000 young widows.

      If at all possible you can request Tamilnadu state to send 90,000 men to marry these young widows, this is the least they could do.

      This is a difficult subject to discuss let alone practicalities.

      I hope you are not rushing to find second women.

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    “thousands of female ex-combatants have now returned home to assume more traditional roles as mothers, wives, widows, and teachers”

    In say, the liberal west, they would have returned to assume the traditional roles of being prison b***hes for life for being mass murdering terrorists – maybe Sri Lanka should have taken a page from their book :-)

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      Siva Sankaran Sarma Menon

      “traditional roles of being prison b***hes for life for being mass murdering terrorists maybe Sri Lanka should have taken a page from their book”

      Of course you should.

      You forgot to mention that here they appoint criminals and terrorists as ministers in this island. War criminals are being appointed as ambassadors, Secretaries to ministries and governors, …..

      They should take a leaf from the West and put them where they belong.

      By the way Indian Parliament is awash with criminals.

      You should be proud of your puny neighbour, following your footsteps.

      After all both countries are doing well, keep it up.

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    Native Veddah,

    The pimps are Tamils, the principal customers are Tamils. The Sinhala soldiers are mostly also customers. The rapists and child abusers are also Tamils. The Sinhala soldier may be occasional abusers. They are not the principal culprits.

    The major responsibility for the problems the war-affected and poor female component are experiencing are the Tamils.

    Further, I am no longer an expatriate Tamil. I live in Sri Lanka full time and divide my time between Jaffna and Colombo.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      Really? You are an expatriate as long as you hold a foreign passport !!!
      Get rid of that man, then you can be Sri Lankan like us, keeping your foreign passport to run away like before when you went for greener pastures during the war and keeping it ready…..

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        Dev ( Devil?),

        You seem to have lost you power of comprehension totally, as a after effect of delusion bordering on lunacy. Do you know the meaning of expatriate ? It means someone who is a citizen of one country who lives and or works in another country. That is why I was always only a citizen of Sri Lanka.

        It is unfortunate that you and Justice have not been taught your lessons well by Pottu. He has also not tested your IQs.

        Dr.RN

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        Dev

        What kind of mindset are you in? If you do not know the facts please ‘shut up’.

        My brother could have been a multi millionaire/billionaire in dollar or sterling pounds terms, if he had decided to settle in the west and lived an insular and exclusive material life like many other expatriate Tamils.

        Despite being battered and bruised by the failures of Sri Lanka, he stood uncompromising on his principle stand to maintain his honour and respect and be a Tamil and a Sri Lankan.

        By attempting to ambush him with your half baked name, making scurrilous and venomous accusation is the typical experience I went through for some time in a big scale with the constrained and anonymous mindsets on my return from incarceration by the LTTE. Only thing my brother has not experienced so far is the portrayal of his doctored nude pictures in the websites and many more of the nasty things the constrained minds did against me.

        Please reveal your identity first before asking intrusive questions about others. However, let me tell you my brother is a Sri Lankan passport holder and will hold it forever. Hope you too hold a Sri Lanka passport to sit on moral high grounds to question others.

        I hope sanity (and your proper identity) will prevail in your writings in the future.

        Rajasingham Jayadevan

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          my my why are you jumping to the defense of your brother ?
          Was it me who came as part of the “diaspora” group to praise Gota?
          NO a resounding NO?

          Why did he come?
          (A google search of his name reveals his true nature !)

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          By the way, I forgot to add–your beloved brother when the ex-CJ was being impeached was screaming to the high heavens about it being a travesty of justice…..etc
          Then HE suggested setting up a public fund to help her.
          I challenged him to start it with the first donation from his money and put his money where his mouth is (literally) and then ……..silence…….nothing…….
          Why don’t you suggest to him to start that (better late than never) and then we shall see…..till then he is someone who is ready to say anything for his own personal glory !

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            Please keep your opinion to yourself Mr Anonymous. Do not dictate to us with your false identity. Why don’t you show the very same guts we are showing with our true identity. You appear to gain callous satisfaction by saying anything and everything in a weird way. You think you are a Veeran or a Veeraya to go on the spree to belittle others. Wat a gutless parasitical attitude. Please tell us little about you. Tone of your writings confirm that you are not even a Nari or a Nariya and only a unworthy pompous. It is not worth responding to such ignoramus evils.

            Good luck to you.

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              I am entitled to my opinion as much as you and your brother are.
              Unlike your brother my opinion is MINE while your brothers “opinion” is really Gota’s !

              We will reveal our full names when the white van culture no longer exists, unlike your brother we don’t all have Gota protection or patronage (remember he was one of the first to enter the Vanni as part of the “deal” with Gota so he could praise Gota)

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              I am responding to your comments below at 5.54pm.

              I do not wish to respond to someone (politely) who thinks of himself big without realising his limitations. Hate and paranoia dictate your thinking. When you say ‘we will reveal our full names’ am I to assume there are many more than you alone contributing in these columns?

              I am in the public life for many years and have seen many inward looking, armchair talking ignoramus persons like you who are none other than back boneless, paranoiac and very detrimental to the society they represent. I am ashamed of you.

              It is not the white van and it is the busses to Angoda and Mulleriyava that are waiting for you in Sri Lanka. Your depraving comments justifies a visit to these places for a full fledged treatment.

              Please come out of your nonsensical bunker mentality.

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    Native Veddah,

    There are plenty of men and boys ready to sleep with these women and even rape them when given the opportunity. Marry them! Oh, that would be undignified and insulting for our Tamil men and their families. To keep them as mistresses! God forbid, what will people think of us? How will we get our children married? Love! What is that? We are only interested in one night stands, free if available. The sanctimonious scum!

    Bringing down men from Tamil Nadu. Definitely a no no. However, there will be no objections to bringing down 200,000 young vagabonds from Vanga and getting them married to these unfortunates and make arrangements for them to live and breed in the north and east, provided they learn Sinhalese and rear their children as Sinhalese. There are precedents. BBS, may your tribe increasing, while you accumulate merit!

    As to my finding a second woman, I can hardly stand now and even the one was, one too many!

    Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

      I trust you and am happy to hear you are not one of those who enjoys extra marital affair.

      It was my intention to initiate a discussion on “Two wives-one man” socially acceptable policy.

      Three people in a relationship is too crowded.

      Legal aspects is another issue

      Do Tamils have kind hearted women who are willing to share their husband and his income for the good of the community?

      Men think with their dicks and women are suppose to think with their heart.

      These marriages could deal with many issues relating to these women who were misled and abandoned by your society.

      The Tamils are very proud of their umbilical relation with Tamilnadu Tamils. Would you contact Seeman, Nedumaran, Jayalalitha, Vaiko and other Eelam “worriers” to find suitable men for these women.

      Karunanithy might help them by marrying one or more of these destitute.

      Tamilnadu Tamils pretend that they have responsibility towards their brethren in Sri Lanka and rest of the world. As a fellow Tamil you have the right to demand them for support. Please approach them in good faith.

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        All these suggestions are good but you haven’t understood Rajasingham Narendran well, his first question to all these would be…

        “what is my gain in doing all this?”

        Why do you think he came back as part of the “diaspora” group to “laud” the government of the “efforts”

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        Ane Raktha’s son, the elderly Shaman will feel wroth on you, for you not following the warige birthrights.

        According to the prevailing laws Rs. 5,000 should be paid to register a marriage. This amount is sufficient for a Veddah family to live on for a year and Veddahs can’t afford them. So, vent your frustrations in the sewers.

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          Daya Rajapakse

          “This amount is sufficient for a Veddah family to live on for a year and Veddahs can’t afford them”

          If both Tamils and Sinhalese have left my ancestral land we wouldn’t need your state’s handouts, the island used to be a land of plenty until land grabbers start arriving.

          I beg you not to mourn for my people.

          Please go back to your homeland in India. When you go take your Tamil brethren with you.

          We are capable of looking after ourselves.

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        NV: It was my intention to initiate a discussion on “Two wives-one man” socially acceptable policy.

        Three people in a relationship is too crowded.

        Two is always company.
        But three is always “charming”- Mao, former kings of Nepal (incarnation of Vishnu they say)

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    Native Veddah,
    The last sentence should read: — one is—.

    Dr.RN

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      Native Veddah,

      Tamils of the north and East with and umbilical relationship with Tamil Nadu! There are ‘Vaddakathayans’ and those of recent Indian origin are the ‘Aiynthaam padai (Fifth column)! I am surprised this widely held perception.

      As to your suggestion of a second or a third wife, I am reminded of what a play boy junior colleague asked me, “Why keep a cow, when milk can be purchased at the store?”!

      Anyway, it is a potentially very explosive problem that needs serious study and immediate solution. A generation of youngsters are growing under the care of these abused and battered women, who will hold a deep angst and hatred against a society that had been the cause of their mothers pain. This is the umbilical relation that we have to understand and respect. It is not Eelam these women and their children need, but a hand to hold their own, be what they are, what they are capable and keep their self respect intact.

      Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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    As a person -who heard their stories, felt their pain, witnessed them being ostracized by many- I want to appeal to all of us who are interested in moving forward to live with dignity and freedom, why are we not listening to what they are saying…. It is not about us who at least enjoy a mediocre freedom in our lives, may it be private or public, it is about them; about the women whose lives were stolen and are being forced to erase 20 years of their lives, criminalizing their right to mourn and made to feel like nothing, humiliated in front of their children and stripped of their dignity. They are not here to glorify their past and demonize their present or vice versa. They want us to listen to their pain and agony. They want to let out their trapped scream. Right or wrong they have sacrificed their youth for a cause irrespective of which side we are on. The reality today is they are disabled, psychologically or/and physically.

    Didn’t we hear them say “we have the ability to do but we are not being allowed to”. Didn’t we hear them say “We are brave but we are forced not to demonstrate”. We are so quick to take position on this from our own prejudices and failing to hear what exactly they are saying. The women don’t want sympathy but empathy.

    The woman “Jamuna” was forcefully conscripted before the end of the war and forced to marry her alcoholic uncle after the end of the war. Why?? The parents were too scared to keep her at home, fearing that she will be assaulted both physically and sexually by the military. In this situation, who are going to blame? Is it going to be the family, military, community or LTTE? What matters here is that a young woman who was once a very bright student with a dream of going to university and becoming a teacher has been robbed of her agency pre, during and post war. Today she is with two children under the age of 3, working to support her family. Why are we unable to see the real issue here?

    Let’s take Nalini; she witnessed injustice, her childhood friend was shot and killed for looking at a poster put-up by the LTTE. She didn’t have faith in the justice system in her tender years and thought she will get justice by joining the militancy. Did she then? Look what happened to her today. Hunted by the military because they consider her “pretty” and want to use her vulnerability of being an ex-combatant to sexually violate her. She has been running for the past year. She hid in the woods, moved around staying with relatives, safe houses and always having to move because of the heavy military presence and stringent household registration requirements… She is a prisoner of her looks and her vulnerability. She wants justice… Does she have an avenue to seek Justice today as she thought she had when her childhood friend was killed?

    I appeal to all of you who still believe in humanity to really hear what these six women are telling you from their point of reference. Can we do something to instill hope in a dignified manner? This calls for a collective action so that people can live in dignity.

    Rathika Innasimuttu,
    The Social Architects, South Asia

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      Rathika,

      Thanks very much for bringing out these facts.
      On social and emotional issues, it is going to be a slow process, and I am not sure how we in the Diaspora can help on that front.
      But Diaspora should be able to help at least financially. Do you have a website or email for your group that people can use to contact and discuss options?

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      Please can u suggest what can b done .

      possibilities to have a village / community of houses in close vicinity and so they could help each other. But this will be not allowed by authorities as risk of regrouping of ex militants.

      Employment opportunities, schooling for Children, safe houses with toilets…. Can be provided by donors and have a society/ community hall where they can come and get counseling .

      however these women are so vulnerable they can be abused by anyone. they should not be exposed this way. whatever help that should be done with least publicity.

      I truely think these women are been exploited even making this documentary. It’s best to work with the GoSL when lending support to these ex LTTE women as all will be suspected as allies.

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        TRN

        ” It’s best to work with the GoSL when lending support to these ex LTTE women as all will be suspected as allies.”

        When GOSL is the main culprit what else can you expect them?

        Could GOSL speak to Jayalalitha and find 90,000 young men who are wiling take these women as their brides.

        Seeman, Vaiko, Nedumaran, could find groom among their supporters. Would you put the GOSL in touch with these Tamil Eelam supporters?

        What the hell KP, Daya master, Karuna, Douglas, and others doing to help them as they were once the source of the problem? These yes men of the GOSL should be helping the women in the first place.

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      Rathika Innasimuttu

      Thanks for your contribution to the community and human race.

      Please keep up the good work so as to raise awareness of these post war social issues.

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      Hello Rathika,

      Thank you for your perspective on this issue as humanity, human rights, peace, freedom and dignity. Mainly the rehabilitation of tamil women and children affected by the war is the need of the hour prior to any discussion on the root cause of the problem. Vanni, amparai, mannar and other remote villages in the north and east shall be given ultimate priority, since these are the vulnerable population continue to be the target of the ruthless sinhala governance and military arrogance.

      We have a small group of people providing monthly financial support to many children in the north and east affected by the war to continue their studies. We have an established a transparent system to ensure the money reach the right people. I encourage everyone to find ways to help these people. However any help to these people always to be channeled through sinhala military and no outsiders can visit or meet these people without sinhala military presence.

      I am expecting response from anyone supporting the actions of government and its military to tell me
      WHY WE NEED MILITARY TO CONTROL DAY TO DAY CIVILIAN LIFE? DON’T THESE PEOPLE DESERVE DIGINITY, FREEDOM, AT LEAST PEACE IN THEIR LIFE AFTER 4 YEARS OF THE CONCLUSION OF WAR?
      THEY DESRVE A DECENT AND PEACEFUL LIFE TOO, AS WE ALL DO.
      “Every action has an equal and opposite reaction”

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      Let us device a way to help them and I can do something from my part to help.

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        msk

        “Let us device a way to help them and I can do something from my part to help.”

        The least you could you do is to find 90,000 grooms in Tamilnadu for these young widows . Those who claim to have umbilical relation with Tamils of Sri Lanka must take on the responsibility of rehabilitating the destitute. The war was concluded with immense destruction to life and property. This was facilitated by Indian collusion.

        As an Indian you have double responsibility.

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          yes, agreed, I am in discussion with my lawyer for this.
          Thanks.

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    Rathika,
    I agree with you.But there are some who malign then as willing purveyers of sex to other tamils and the military.
    They even say that there are tamil pimps without any proof.
    These are those who “run with the hare and hunt with the hounds”.
    With all the suffering these women undergo they are now being maligned too.

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      Justice,

      You also seem to have the Tamil tribal characteristic of sanctimonious hypocrisy ( Uruthratcha Poonai).
      To you the act of selling the body as a last resort to keep the body and souls of a mother and her children together, is an unmentionable and shameful act. There are women in Jaffna who spend two weeks in Colombo earning money with their body and return to provide the wherewithal for her family to live. Do you think they are enjoying the experience? Did your hear the words of the young women in this video. I, wizened as I am, shed tears. I am probably a cad in your eyes for bringing this into the open. For me , such women are the heroines of our age. You should be ashamed of your attitude and your shamelessness in displaying it in public, even under a nome-de-plume.

      Dr. Rajasingham Narendran

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        Narendran,
        You should be ashamed for heaping the worst insult to tamil womanhood without any proof.

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          It is injustice to make ludicrous judgement without revealing your true identity.

          God bless you.

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            I am revealing my identity and my name is mani from TN, I say your brother is ****** and total insult to Tamil all over world. I put **** because i never use bad words on others and you fill yourself.

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              msk

              “I say your brother is ****** and total insult to Tamil all over world.”

              The whole Tamil race(?) is an insult to themselves. So is the Sinhala race(?).

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              Another fatherless Mani mask anonymous MSK.

              Let the readers be the judges to your comments.

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            RJ.. let anyone be judges.. no worry.. i speak for truth and peace.. and stand tall and never lick boots for my survival.. and of course, you ask your conscience.. I did not mask my name or came with fake name.. manisekaran is my full name and in short my friends call msk or mani..

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              Mr Manisekaram

              Let everyone know you as Manisekaran than hiding your identity with the shortened three letters. This is like the stars you typed in to hide the filth. This forum is for the public and one must respect it with utmost public sense.

              Your writings very clearly confirm how tall you are in your thinking. Let the boot lickers be boot lickers and blood suckers be blood suckers.

              Let us have meaningful democratic engagement respecting each others wider views without engaging in filth assaults in star (*****)words and other means in the future.

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              i had typed myself ******** because in public i know how to behave,but your brother made very filthy comments about tamil women ( for that matter any women in world).hence received such comments from me.. second i have nothing to hide by my three letter name as msk..

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              Dear Manisekaran

              This is my reply to your 6.58am comment.

              Your accusation that my ‘brother made very filthy comments about Tamil women’ is another tirade callously discharged by none other than a sycophant. Dr Narendran has a much broader shoulder and he is a brother of four sisters and a daughter and further he is the son of a Tamil mother and father.

              You have come a long way to reveal your name. Would you kindly reveal your first name (fathers name) without which you are like a fatherless son. Also tell us bit about your background and your place of birth and domicile without espousing the fear psychosis of being scared of Gota’s White Van and so on.

              Rajasingham Jayadevan

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            Oh sorry, I missed to see your response, My name is manisekaran and my father name is thangavelu, and my birth place is salem district of TN, A master degree holder from IIT Madras.

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          Without proof! Do you want me to plant a video camera in every room, lodge or shack? Probably you want me to produce some cooked and titilating photographs! It is funny that persons like you do not see that it is the men who exploit these unfortunate women, who insult themselves and our community. It is our virtuous women who wag their tongues and spew poison, who insult womanhood and our community. The unfortunate women as I said are not prostitutes, but the heroines of our community. They are victims of heartless, predatory society. They are nor begging , stealing or murdering. They are exercising the only option available to them by a utterly cruel and backward society. It is the society, that stands indicted and deserves to be insulted . Do not find fault with the messenger, but pay attention to the message.

          Dr.RN

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    relevant statistics from the Kiinochchi district with four AGA divis (The Sunday Leader of 31st march’2013):

    AGA divisions : Karachchi, Kandavalai, Poonakari, & Pachchilaipalli
    # of Total families: 39,361
    Area : 1237.11 Sq. Km
    Widows & age group
    < 20 yrs : 140 ( 2.26%)
    21-30 yrs: 490 ( 7.94%)
    31-40 yrs: 1031(16.70%)
    41-50 yrs: 1287 (20.85%) sub total 61 yrs: 1705 (27.63%) sub total 51->61yrs+3222 (52.22)
    Total =6170 (They are also heads of families)
    % of total families= 15.7 %

    Income levels(basis of all families)

    Rs.5000/ mth : 268 ( 4.34%)
    Total 6163 families ( 7 short of previous total)

    Disabled persons:

    Males : 844
    females : 555
    Children <18yrs:1537
    Total 2936
    of this total :
    Disabled by war :832 (28.33%)

    Children who have lost one or both parents in the war: 2411

    Frightening statistics that illustrating the real problems in the war devastated areas. These are only a sample indicating the scale of the human problems in the north and east.

    These statistics support my persistent contention that the problems of these people should be our principal preoccupation and our political agenda should prioritize this.

    Dr.Rajasingham Narendran

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      The following information that was part of the above comment has got erased while posting . I reproduced it below:

      Income levels(basis of all families)
      Rs.5000/ mth : 268 families ( 4.34%)
      Total 6170 families )

      Dr.RN

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    The reposted numbers have disappeared again! I am posting them yet again.

    Income levels (on a per family basis)

    Less than Rs 1500/ mth : 4814 families(78.02%)
    Rs 1501- 5000/ : 1088 families (17.63%)
    More than Rs 5000/ Mth : 268 families (. 4.34%)

    Total: 6170 families

    Dr. RN

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    Your bluff does not absolve you of your gross insult.
    It will be remembered forever.

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    Justice,

    When irrefutable numbers are presented in evidence, they become bluff?

    Dr.RN

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    Your numbers have no relation to your gross insult to all defenceless destitute women.
    Please withdraw your insult and express regret.

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      What justice are you trying to seek by covering your identity behind your misconceived values? Let true justice come from your integrity to respect the views of the others. Please stop going on the rudimentary onslaught by maintaining anonymity under the noble word of ‘Justice’

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      Express regrets for your pseudo outrage!

      Dr. RN

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    Narendran,
    You have labelled thousands of war widows as prostitutes.
    This is the worst crime against the tamil nation.
    My anonymity has no connection with your crime.

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      That is the word you use to designate those whom I have called our heroines!
      Who is insulting whom?

      Why not discuss the implications of the numbers I have compiled? You will not, as that would undermine your despicable and unsaid cause. Diversion is your avowed tactic and it is transparent.

      Dr.RN

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      Anonymous Justice

      Why don’t to visit the Honeymoon lodge like dens in Jaffna and see what is happening there. Tamil women are complicit in the dirty business. Some children even pretend going to school but they end up elsewhere. Boos, dance and fun are part of the game in the derelict dens of the war.

      How about the recent raid of a guest house in Jaffna engaged prostitution.

      You gutless Justice. The rudimentary catchphrase ‘Kusu Vai Vittu pottu Kundiya Pothina’ story is yours.

      We too are damned about these degrading conduct. We do not cover up like you. Instead quite open about it. I have written about this following my visits to Jaffna.

      Please emerge out of your den of delusion and speak the truth you disgraceful gutless Justice.

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    Filth is your last refuge, to cover up the sin of gross insult to tamil womanhood.

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      By abusing the word @Justice’ to hide your identity and reflect your hypocrisy you are a living proof of the failures the Tamil society is facing. Such gutless venom ridden onslaught will not make you a judge to make judgement on others.

      Hide and seek is the game people like you specialise in to harp at genuine contributors.

      You must be ashamed of yourself.

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        You should be ashamed of yourself for defaming war widows,their daughters, and now tamil women of jaffna.

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