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What Happened In Jaffna Should Not Stay In Jaffna

By Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

Yudhanjaya Wijeratne

“The fighting’s started in Jaffna again,” said the woman at the shop.

I knew the incident she was speaking of: a hartal, a protest of sorts; police tear-gassing the crowd; a hundred and thirty people arrested; a lot of top brass in Jaffna being transferred away. The woman went on to discuss the Jaffna problem at length with her customer. Then, at some point in the conversation, they touched on the root of everything that had happened:

“All because of what happened to that girl, neh? Aney pau. No one should have to suffer like that.”

The incidents that happened over the last ten days in Jaffna have been ethnicized, politicized and (if you read the newspaper reports) possibly lobotomized as well. Let’s review what we know, minus the political accusations:

  • S. Vidhya, 18 years of age, did not show up for school on the 13th of May. Nobody raised the alarm until school was over, and when they did, the police assumed she had eloped. The next morning, she was found, raped and tortured and tied up inside an abandoned house.
  • The suspects were a local gang, including a Swiss national of Tamil descent. Locals say that they had a long history of crime to which the police turned a blind eye; police have not commented on this. Vidhya’s rape was apparently recorded on their mobile phones.
  • The suspects were arrested.

Jaffna rape

*Villagers attempted to assault the suspects while they were being transported to the Police station. The police used a Navy transport to take the suspects into custody.

  • The suspects were NOT brought to court.
  • Shit hit the fan. Protesters surrounded the courthouse and threw stones at it. The police responded with tear gas and the arrests of 127 protesters. Five police people were arrested.

This is not a “Jaffna problem”. It is a human problem. A girl was brutally raped. Her suspected killers were caught. They weren’t tried like they should have been. But there are two sides to this coin.

Firstly, the people. Let’s clarify something: 200-odd protesters acting on a clear breakdown of justice are not Jaffna. They’re not an ethnic or political group. (If that were the case, our annual university protests would be tantamount to armed rebellion).

To be honest, we don’t know what the police did under the previous regime. We know that the suspects, back then, enjoyed tremendous influence. We believe that the police were, and possibly still are, corrupt.

Naturally, people feared that the suspects would be let off the hook again. Out of fear, anger was born. Out of anger, hatred. Protests. Clashes. Conflict. I’m neither for nor against the police on this issue, but consider the facts.

It’s sad that people are using this to call for public stoning and all manner of other gruesome punishments – cures administered to a dead body will not make it live again. It’s even sadder that the media seem to be focusing on the protests rather than the reason behind them, which is . . . rape.

Sri Lanka does not talk about rape. It’s indiscreet. Women are raped all over this country, and if you believe the stats Powerpoint’d by every starry-eyed activists, one in ten men are rapists. We don’t talk about these problems. They’re hushed over. Pictures aren’t displayed. Names aren’t discussed. Polite people do not think of these things; they just go on willingly blind until one of their own gets raped. Monks get fired up about women wearing short skirts to temples and children not respecting their parents, but something as heinous as rape? Oh no, not here. We’re like a bunch of ostriches with our heads stuck in the sand.

As a result of this social and cultural blindness, we also end up with a civic and legal blindness that tries to avoid these issues and move on to the next case. Sometimes the only thing that can pierce this veil is a shout and a clenched fist and a stone thrown in the right direction.

Now the police. Are the police worried? Yes, they are.

A policeman has a double duty: to protect both the citizenry and the criminals under his care. It’s not a pleasant job. You’re asked to be a line in the sand – a human shield with the thugs, murders and rapists on one side of you and the innocents on the other. Sometimes the line is clear – the thugs are out there and it’s your job to stand up for the weak. But once you make an arrest, the tables change. You’re told to stand and protect those who have murdered, looted, raped. You’re asked to be their defense against the mob.

What do you do, stand aside and let Everyman tear your charges from limb to limb? To wait as that inevitably escalates – as it surely must – into the total breakdown of law and order?

The irony is that at this point, it doesn’t really matter if you were a good cop or a bad cop. The duty requires that you protect those in your custody and not let something like, say, an angry mob rip them apart. It is easy for us to sit in our armchairs and write open letters and condemn people, but the cause-and-effect chain is apparent. Remember that at the end of the day it’s not the corrupt top cops and bigwigs under the firing line – it’s the constable told to shut the fuck up and get his riot shield and get the fuck out there.

What will solve this? Not an inquiry or a protest, or two, or two hundred. What will quell the protests is when all of Sri Lanka justly protests the rape of any woman, of all women: not as a mob, not as citizens and police, but as a society swiftly moving to set a process into action. What will prevent this from ever happening again is when each and every one of us understand rape for the horrifying crime it is and demand justice in every instance.

Because, you see, this system is not the police: it is not the government alone. We are a part of this system. We – you and I and that woman in the shop and all the other souls in this country – are the largest part of this system. We cannot just demonize the policemen and pin all the blame on them. This blood is on our hands, too. When a rapist knows with absolute certainty that every man, woman and child will be against them; when they know there is no door, no stone, no tree, no bush for them to hide behind – that is when this problem stops. Not before.

I’d like to point out that good things are coming out of this incident. Sri Lanka is reacting to this – not as Jaffna, or as Hambantota, but as a country unified in its disgust and horror. Wijedasa Rajapakshe publicly shamed a racist media person. In this incident, we’re not Tamil, Muslim or Sinhala, but simply human.

Dead Shot from Wijedasa Rajapakshe to Racist Media Person!!#lka #jaffna

Posted by Srilankan Unity on Friday, May 22, 2015

Small victories, but victories nonetheless.

So talk. Talk about rape. Break the ice. Bring it into conversations. Break the dogmas that let rapes go unreported and unpunished. Let the idea spread – not through stones, but through minds. Society is a system of ideas enforced by action. To change the system, change the ideas.

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

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    Important article but disappointing when swear words are used, that is not journalism but an obvious lack of knowledge of the language to drive home a point of view.

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      Remember these words were declared highly Parliamentary by the Speaker of Sri Lanka Parliament. These words are quite Ok for the Speaker if School children don’t read it. Sinhala version of Fucker is already in the Hansard.

      The Parliament that needs a cleansing Criminals of all sort.

      Levi

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      T[Edited out]

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    Yudhanjaya Wijeratne –

    RE: What Happened In Jaffna Should Not Stay In Jaffna

    1. “All because of what happened to that girl, neh? Aney pau. No one should have to suffer like that.”

    “The incidents that happened over the last ten days in Jaffna have been ethnicized, politicized and (if you read the newspaper reports) possibly lobotomized as well. Let’s review what we know, minus the political accusations:”

    There is no question that the the Whole Country felt the same way, the trgety that happened to this girl.

    2. “S. Vidhya, 18 years of age, did not show up for school on the 13th of May. Nobody raised the alarm until school was over, and when they did, the police assumed she had eloped. The next morning, she was found, raped and tortured and tied up inside an abandoned house.”

    This is the most likely case, but the school should have checked with the friend of the girl or parents as to why she did not show up for the roll call.

    3. “The suspects were a local gang, including a Swiss national of Tamil descent. Locals say that they had a long history of crime to which the police turned a blind eye; police have not commented on this. Vidhya’s rape was apparently recorded on their mobile phones.
    The suspects were arrested.”

    Who said Tamils are not Terrorists and they will not terrorize the Tamils. They were all trained by LTTE.

    3. “The suspects were arrested.”. Give credit to the Police. Did any politician try to free them?.

    “This is not a “Jaffna problem”. It is a human problem. A girl was brutally raped. Her suspected killers were caught. They weren’t tried like they should have been. But there are two sides to this coin.”

    “Naturally, people feared that the suspects would be let off the hook again. Out of fear, anger was born. Out of anger, hatred. Protests. Clashes. Conflict. I’m neither for nor against the police on this issue, but consider the facts.”

    This was the fear. The rapists will get away. The Police and Law and order had no credibility or low credibility.

    4. “It’s even sadder that the media seem to be focusing on the protests rather than the reason behind them, which is . . . rape.”

    Yes, Yes and Yes. the Cause.

    5.” Sri Lanka does not talk about rape. It’s indiscreet. Women are raped all over this country, and if you believe the stats Power point’d by every starry-eyed activists, one in ten men are rapists. We don’t talk about these problems.”

    The Elephant in the Room, Sri Lanka has 1,000,000 rapists. If they were Mahinda Rajapaksa Shills or Cronies, they get away with int.

    6. “Now the police. Are the police worried? Yes, they are.”

    “A policeman has a double duty: to protect both the citizenry and the criminals under his care. It’s not a pleasant job.”

    Given the emotions, Police what they had to do,

    However, at Alutgama, Police assisted and Participated with the killers and monks.

    THIS IS DOUBLE STANDARDS,YES DOUBLE STANDARDS

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      Yes Remember it was Sambandan and Sumendran who made a issue of it. Not the Then Minister of Justice RAUFF.

      definitely not a double Standard but a triple Standard.

      levi

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      @amarasiri,

      You wrote: Who said Tamils are not terrorists and the will not terrorize the Tamils. They were all trained by LTTE.

      I cannot stop laughing. What have you written? Can you write again what you are trying to say here? I am imagining that the so called people of Tamil ethnicity are ALL terrorists. ALL? How is that? That makes the world a scary place to live. They live all over the world. I assume that these Tamils are reproducing. That means that there are certain number of terrorists being born every day. And you say they were trained by LTTE. So this LTTE is an influential mighty force that made a huge impact on the human kind?

      Come on Amarasiri, stop generalizing and stereotyping. It is making me sick to think that Sri Lankans are a bunch of idiots.

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        the truth is Sinhalease and their leaders still living in fear for LTTE……

        For generations they will live with fear from cradle to grave….

        Cheers

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      Amarasiri,

      3. “The suspects were arrested.”. Give credit to the Police. Did any politician try to free them?. “

      I already posted this elsewhere but I will do it again here. SDIG Jayasinghe should not have tried to give his teacher Thamilmaran (thesis supervisor?) political mileage by going to the crime scene with him. In my opinion it was unprofessional and triggered a riot. Many locals believe that Thamilmaran freed one of the suspects who then escaped to Colombo. I don’t know what the truth is.

      “One of those at the centre of the events was V.T. Thamilmaran, an academic teaching law and human rights at the Colombo University. He was to be a prospective candidate for the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) at the upcoming parliamentary elections. He told the Sunday Times: “I contacted DIG Northern Province Lalith Jayasinghe, a student of mine, and requested immediate action to arrest the criminals.” He said he had also faxed details to the Attorney General.On Monday, Mr. Thamilmaran said he met the Senior DIG, the SSP Jaffna and other officers. He had told them of his intention of visiting his village of Pungudutivu to arrange for a Police-Public dialogue. They had welcomed the idea. He had gone to make arrangements and was accompanied by two Police officers in plain clothes. The main suspect, Swiss Kumar, and his family were taken to the Jaffna Police Station by the officers. I then learnt that the main suspect had left the police station and had been arrested by the Wellawatte Police. I was able to confirm this through a telephone call, he said.

      Mr. Thamilmaran said that at the Public-Police discussion, “I asked the Senior DIG who was seated next to me at the head table how it could happen. He tried to explain it in Sinhala to the audience but by that time they have become restless and started to shout slogans. He said that if there is no direct complaint and evidence against a person he cannot be arrested or held in custody. I translated it into Tamil for those who surrounded us at the time. When the meeting was brought to an abrupt end, the crowd shouted that I cannot leave the place until the suspect is brought back to Pungudutivu. They alleged that I have assisted him to escape to Colombo.” Several Police officers have since been transferred.

      CID detectives also want to determine whether political rivals of Mr. Thamilmaran triggered the incident using this episode as a cover.”

      http://www.sundaytimes.lk/150524/news/cid-in-jaffna-for-full-probe-on-protests-150609.html

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    There should be a police for North-East under their administration no other way …

    Tamils don’t have confidence in the Sinhala Police or Security….

    Thanks for MURDERPASE .. now liquor..drugs..looting..killing ..raping are rampant after his liberation of N-E from the clutches of LTTE..

    Cheers

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      cholan

      “Tamils don’t have confidence in the Sinhala Police or Security….”

      Tamils don’t have confidence in Tamils Rapists, Tamil Lawyer and Tamil Politicians, and other Tamils either.

      Why did Maveeran Velupillai Prabakaran kill the Mayor of Jaffna, Alfred Duraiappa? He had no confidence either.

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        1956 to 1983 when your grand father..father..uncle..cousins butchered innocent Tamils in the South your Sinhala security looked other side even share the loots….can you deny this ? This is why Tamils have no confidence

        THERE WAS NO LTTE DURING THE SAID PERIOD

        Tamils have 100% confidence with their politicians ..lawyers ..don`t worry about this …because of the requests from their own Tamils the villagers have handed over the rapists to Police otherwise they could have punished them then and there understand ?

        Rapes and Killings are rampant in Sinhala south so stop talking about Tamils and try to stop these sins among your people

        Duraiappa was a traitor who sold his own people for his personal benefits

        LTTE never killed people without reasons ..they use to give 3 warnings to stop ..if they don’t listen then only punished these enemies

        Even Big Nose Emperor JR…Premadasa ..Chandrika bombed North-East Tamil students went to Schools ,,Tamils went to work

        BUT MURDERPAKSE & CO ., invited Tamil men..women..youths..kids..and babies to no firing zone and butcherd them ..Buddhist UN chief BAN KI MOON closed his eyes allowed this massacre with his Indian Malayali chief of Staff

        Next stop for murderpakse+Doggabaya+his Army Men is ICC at The Hague the to Priosn to rot

        You don’t need hundred of evidences DOGGABAY `S bar kings to foreign medias is alone enough and many countries have got satellite photos and conversations during massacres

        Only way to escape ICC is committing suicide

        Cheers

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    Reading your article one must conclude with this poem to show where we stand!

    Source: Daily Mirror Shamila Daluwatte
    “Today Vithiya Sivaloganadan: Who’s next?
    First they raped Manamperi
    And buried her body alive
    I did not speak
    Because there was an insurrection

    Then they came for women in Kahawatte
    I did not speak Because I was not from Kahawatte
    Then they came for women in Nuriwatte
    I did not speak Because I did not live in Nuriwatta

    Then, they came for Women in the North
    I did not speak, because Krishanthi Kumaraswami, Koneshwari, Isaipriya
    They were not my sisters

    Then they came for women with a different skin colour
    Eight men gang-raped Victoria Alexandra I did not speak
    Because she was just a foreigner

    Then they gruesomely gang-raped Rita John
    Stabbed her body fifteen times
    Left her murdered body on the Modera Beach
    I did not speak Because she was an Indian
    She was asking for trouble
    By walking on the beach with her jewellery in the evening

    Then they gang raped a woman in Wijerama
    I did not speak
    Because she was just a prostitute

    Then they raped hundreds of virgins
    And celebrated with champagne in Akuressa and Monaragala
    I did not speak Because I was too scared of politicians

    Then they raped Logarani
    Threw her naked body into a sacred temple
    Then they gang raped Saranya Selvarasa
    I did not speak

    Finally they raped Vithiya Sivaloganadan
    I did not speak Because she is Tamil
    She lived on a small island in Kayts”

    By Shamila Daluwatte – See more at: http://www.dailymirror.lk/73401/recognising-factors-behind-the-jaffna-hartal#sthash.DQNDzM6S.dpuf

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    Excellent piece. I hope this is translated to Sinhala and Tamil too.

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    Well balanced article from a good Person.

    Congratulations, hopefully this sort of good write ups will have a good impact.

    This is the type of article we like to read in CT.

    No doubt CT also publishes Rubbish articles.

    But this a gem of an article.

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    It is disgusting to note the English media in Colombo had denied any exposure on this subject. Wonder what they have to say now.

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    How many younger school boys are raped by seniors boys? . I am very ugly looking male, but I gave up my dreams of becoming a school cadet after one week due to those sexual pressures.. I don’t think those teenagers were homosexuals.. But their acts were not punished.. Is it a surprise that some of those unpunished teens put their attentions towards girls in later stage of their lives?
    Decriminalising prostituion could be a step forward

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    Dear Yudhanjaya

    Thank you from the bottom of my heart for analysing and stating clearly what is involved. 1 out of 10 men rapists – if its true I am deeply ashamed as a Sri Lankan. 18 women are raped every day – 1 in 90 minutes. This has nothing to do with Tamils or Sinhalese. Simply a problem with our male society. Thank you once again.

    Minister Wijedasa Rajapakse take bow! You are right on the money!

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    Excellent summary. We need more journalists of this calibre. [Edited out]

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    If these criminals were free to go about their criminal activities under the previous regime then they must be supporters of the previous regime and its lackeys…

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    Yudhanjaya,

    Do you realize the talent you possess in writing? So pure, clear, factual…. Very Sri Lankan style! This is what we need. Just report what you see and hear.

    Couldn’t you have written much earlier so that we didn’t have to read the nonsense people who hold titles in front of their names and others who were using incident to politicize this rape?

    Just one thing though. A senile politician used derogatory language against the PM of our country. That does not mean it is alright for young people like you to follow the trend. I have been in situations where I would just want to yell ‘what the F?”, yet I wouldn’t want to write it :)

    Keep reporting more often. Tks

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      But the senile Old Speaker allowed it to go into the Hansad.

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      Very nicely expressed, both comment and the article.

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    “Locals say that they had a long history of crime to which the police turned a blind eye;”

    Therein lies the root cause of the rape.Not only should these buggers be castrated without an anasthetic and then a red hot iron inserted into their arses,the police who turned a blind eye to their activities earlier indicted for dereliction of duty,kicked out of the police force and whoever made them turn a blind eye charged for all the crimes that these buggers committed.Then only the real facts will start to come out.

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    There was a constant wall of noise emanating from there about “ongoing sexual violence”. I could not figure it out because upon investigation there was nothing of the sort.

    It turned out to be yet another Tamil aspiration. The stupids clamored for the wolf. Finally it arrived.

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      @ Vibushana

      Investigation ????? In this comedy land..

      What else one can expect from you who send your mother..sister..wife to Arabs and get raped daily ?

      Where are you living in another planet?

      Even western tourist are subjected to rape and murder in this shit country ..

      But your favourite Murderpakse released all his cronies who have raped even 13 years Sinhala girl ..SHAME

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    Excellent Yudhanjaya Wijeratne we need journalists like you and ministers like Mr. Wijedasa Rajapaksha who are not afraid to report the truth be it sinhala tamil muslim burgher or any other community we are a one nation and all human beings creation of god to live in peace and harmony together for the growth of all human beings living in this world be it srilanka or the world in which ever part of the country.Please make it a point to make it aware to all srilankans by print in all three languages sinhala tamil english by radio and tv broadcast again in all three languages every day still this disease is eradicated from our beloved country.

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    Good one! 30 years of war and 10 years of Mahinda Jarpnassa have rotted all institutions in Lanka – north and south alike.

    1, This is also an issue about South Asia;s women – like the gang rape in Delhi brought people on the streets last year. To say that these protests are LTTE rising its head is a RACIST LIE and Mahinda Jarapassa, Dayan Jayatilleke et al a RACIST [Edited out]. Civil society must come out strong against Jarapassa’s spin and RACISM.

    2. This is an issue about Criminality which has spread like a virus in all institutions in Sri Lanka- particularly the Police and the CENTRAL BANK with the dominant role played by politicians. Criminality is the norm and criminals flourish with collusion and patronage from the powers that be – politicians, their cronies and the police – in north and south alike although the problem is particularly bad in the north. Police are also bribed by criminals and drug dealers in north and south – their inaction and corruption is the reason for the protests.

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    I’m in complete agreement with the views of Yudhanjaya. This is not an issue strictly pertaining to the Jafna peninsula, but to the entire country. Bringing in racism, inciting violence is not how the problem should be solved. It is in the hands of the people, who should protect each other devoid of race, cast, creed or religion. The armed forces can do only so much. However, the power of the people would be a force to be reckoned with. What all should realise and understand is that finally, we are all humans. An act of rape may be committed today to your neighbor, but tomorrow, it might be your own relative. I wish the citizens of our country would comprehend it being so. Are they not sick and tired of this communal strife? Or will they never learn?

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    Attack on court house has nothing to with Thivya rape or murder or anger of the people on the Police. It is stooges of Mahinda still in the northern army contingent making use of this protest to create havoc using criminal groups protected and nurtured by them. These criminal elements sent from suburbs of Jaffna to attack the court house some were arrested by police. But so were innocent protesters by army to cover them.

    I wonder whether government has the guts to investigate and bring out the truth, that elements in army want create havoc in Jaffna to continue stay in Jaffna as occupational army.

    I hope CT will do investigative journalism on this

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      Raja,

      “I hope CT will do investigative journalism on this”

      I share your hopes. CT contributors in Jaffna should try to find out what really happened. Now there is “fog of war”.

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    [Edited out] This is well planned. People’s protest is true but stoning the government buildings and damaging public property are all Dougies work.

    This is another act to destabilise the Mythree-Ranil Government. What the hell is Secretary of defence doing? Gota also could have a hand in this. He is a schemer and a very good one at it. Now Mahinda’s cronies are propagating false news that the leftover LTTE terrorists planned this and are looking for roads to rejuvenate their terrorist movement. As long as Maithree-Ranil let some of these Dougies goons out, they will resort to all kinds of such things to gain political advantage. It is very clear from Dayan J’s article that Mahinda’s bootlickers are trying to take political mileage from this barbaric incident that they themselves have created using Dougies men.

    The govt. must investigate and take strong action against these perpetrators and also see what connections they have with the Rajapakshes and why the Police was not taking any proper action (are they also former govt. appointees) before it could flare up to something major.

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      Suresh now that makes sense.

      So the people were protesting and the thugs of Douglas stoned the court house. If this is true then this should be publicized so that the rest of the people can know the truth. It is important.

      Also I am not a fan of protest march and agitation, but what i saw on television was youngsters and ladies who did not look violent. I could not imagine them getting violent, burning down buildings, etc. So was glad that my assumption was right.

      Douglas is the Mervyn version in the the North? Interesting what his fate will turn out to be.

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    You are focusing only on the mob and protest. more emphasis is given about the arrested and their safety. There are issues of concern how the police responded in this case. The citizen has gone to the police to complain and their concern was ignored by the police. and the police wasn’t keen enough to look in to the case. Later They arrested some people. and VT was able to get one out of Jaffna. In Jaffna the general opinion is the police does not care to find the culprits and to bring them to the courts. They don’t want to be efficient. They thing more work more problem. The opinion is the police is not their to help the public but to serve those in rule. justice is their least worry. I know similar case a few years ago a school girl was killed and the parents and relatives so poor and innocent to raise the issue . The police did nothing and it went unheard without any efforts to find the murderers. Their wasn’t much publicity and the oppressed suffered. Even they knows nothing about postmortem report and medical report. Vithya’s case also would have ended in the same manner if the people did not show and expressed their emotions.
    There was reports about drugs and pornography promoted by the —–. No action was taken. As Vicki said the youth have been lured into drugs and pornography for agenda beyond the political objectivity.

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    What happened in Jaffna should NOT have happened at all.

    Once the crime had been committed, the police had to investigate, identify the perpetrators, arrest them and hold them till evidence was gathered to be presented to court. TILL THEN, the police had the duty to protect the alleged perps, and not hand them over to a lynch mob.

    The reason why the poor youngster was raped had been overlooked too. This was as a punishment allegedly for the girl’s mother having the temerity to give evidence in a court of law. The youngster paid the penalty for the mother’s valiant act in obeying the law while obviously stepping on the toes of a local thug. The involvement of a Swiss national of local origin in this sorry saga raises further questions. When we expect their return to Sri Lanka to be of benefit to the local and the larger community, this is not a given. In point of fact it could be the exact opposite as it is here.

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    The alleged involvement of a Swiss Tamil in this rape, alleged video recording of the rape, the description of the way the deceased was with her legs tied apart to trees etc. raise much more questions. Was the deceased groomed using the internet and tricked to go with the rapists. Was the video recording made to be sold to make millions and millions of Swiss Franks? This type of videos brings in money. Sex acts with children brings in millions if not billions in this world. It is big business and big money. The deceased has all the ingredients to be the victim of such a venture. May she Rest In Peace.

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    Amare.

    Could you kindly respond to Japwatch?

    Is this your common pamphlet of Thomas Paine?

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      Plato,

      Amarasiri is either a Japanese robot or he belongs to the faction that thrives on the disunity of the people of Sri Lanka. He cannot respond, as he has been brain-washed. Just look at his comments on all the threads- he repeats the same old thing :)

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    most of the commentators and writers here are writing with fear in mind and distorting the truth.

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    A great article and this course seems to be prelevant all over the country from hambantota (where the russian woman was raped by the UPFA thug) to Wijerama to Kahawatte,you only need to read the Sinhala Newspapers to see the amount of rapes weekly

    One thing for the Police inaction is because in the past most criminals if not all were connected to the ruling party hence they were forced to look the other side like in hambantota or aluthgama or even in the 83 riots

    in this case the Jaffna police handled the demos proffessionaly but one thing that puzzles us is how come the Swiss National who was taken into custody got out of it,as he was finally caught in Colombo by the CID after he allegedly escaped from the Jaffna cops (did money or inlfuence play a part here?)

    as for the demos,that we can clearly see that there were desperate factions who wanted to make use of this to further their agenda (like coming back to power hahahaah)

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    When Hokandara brutal muder and rape case unfolded Divya must have been a two three year old toddler running around innocently. When Sampath Vidanapathirana raped a foreign woman and murdered her partner she would have been around 13 or 14 and would have been studying for her GCSE.
    Now she was raped and murdered in the more horrific fashion and the scale of barbarism how it happened is beyond any immagination. This is a school kid not even a grown up woman.
    Do we know how many Divya like’s walking around us awaiting for their unknown fate in a future date as in this case today .Time to open our eyes as widely as possible to see this reality .
    Folks evils are evil.You cannot rehabilitate them. Bring the death sentence promptly.It is already all too late. If Hokandara murderers were hung by now and if Khuram Sheiks murderers were given tough punishments without delay these culprits would have thought twice before committing this horrible crime.
    At least as a respect to Divya and many other innocent victims from all over the country , bring those tough laws.
    Hon Minister of Justice we heard you were mentioning about this in the vigil held for Divya. When the dust settles people might forget this and do not let that happen again.Don’t wait as Divya may not be the last of this kind. If you cannot find a hangman bring them in front of a firing squad. There should be a proper mechanism to find the culprits and to eliminate them swiftly. This will put some fear factor into the minds of those criminals who are watching these proceedings hideously in some corner without knowing to any of us. Make our society a safer place for our children and it is the duty of not only of your’s but of all of ours.

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