19 October, 2021

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What Is Legal And Illegal Does Not Matter In SL Anymore: AHRC

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has in a statement issued regarding the brutal assault of a sex worker by a Policeman attached to the Rathnapura Police, has stated that the responsibility of such appalling behavior by the Police should be borne by the government.

KanthiIn the statement that was issued today, the AHRC has pointed out that by dismantling the 17 Amendment; this government destroyed the only serious attempt made to restore discipline in the public service, particularly the Police service and therefore, the government should bear the blame for the shocking behavior displayed by certain police officials.

They have gone on to point out that the 17th Amendment was annulled in order to ensure the prevention of free and fair elections and have added that presently in Sri Lanka, the question of what is legal and illegal is no longer an issue that matters anymore.

The AHRC has also criticized the Police Spokesman’s reaction to the video that was circulating on social and mainstream media that had captured the assault of the sex worker by the Policeman. They have referred to the various statements he made on the incident that were contrary to each other and the manner in which he repeatedly stated that the victimized woman was missing and therefore a statement cannot be obtained by her, although she concurrently began revealing her ordeal in public through media.

“What is even more shocking is the manner in which several Police officers including HQI treated this woman where they attempted to coerce her into remaining silent and even tried to bribe her with Rs. 3000 in order for her to not raise an issue about the  assault,” the AHRC states.

They have gone on to point out that it is unfortunate that despite enormous publicity, with photographic evidence of the brutal police assault available, to date the police sergeant in question has not been arrested or charged with a criminal offence

“The offense falls under CAT Act no: 22 of 1994 – that any public officer who commits an act of torture can be charged with an offense punishable with up to seven years rigorous imprisonment and or a Rs. 10,000 fine,” the AHRC has further noted while adding however that the Police as well as the Attorney General’s Department has connived not to file charges under the Torture Act despite a large body of evidence being revealed on incidents of torture committed by Police officers.

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    If this story which states she was a sex worker is true I consider her as lucky. In the west hundreds of sex workers have ended up murdered by their clients, pimps and vigilantes.
    The beat up was by one police officer and it is unfair to portray all security officers as criminals. Paraybakaran was a terrorist murderer but can that be used to conclude that all Tamils are terrorists and suicide bombers?
    What statements did the AHRC issue when Parayabakaran was suicide murdering SL citizens on a regular basis?

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      Nuisance

      “If this story which states she was a sex worker is true I consider her as lucky. In the west hundreds of sex workers have ended up murdered by their clients, pimps and vigilantes.”

      Whether she is a sex worker or Pttni Deiyo or even a stupid like you, this policeman has no right to beat her up. He acted as the judge, jury and the executioner.

      She is not luck you stupid and she doesn’t live in the west.

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        Vedda,
        Read my response in whole and try to understand what I say before commenting. You are portraying your self as a fool writing nonsense! Please stop responding to my comments. Your intellectual capacity is far below the norm!

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          Nuisance

          “Please stop responding to my comments.”

          As long as CT is happy I will continue to write my comments wherever I notice an overwhelming desire to express stupidity as comments.

          “Your intellectual capacity is far below the norm!”

          However it is far above yours.

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            vedda,
            For the last time let me show you and the readers here why what you write is intellectually subnormal and why I do not want your responses to my posts. What I observed repeatedly is your weakness in reading and comprehension.

            You say; “Whether she is a sex worker or Pttni Deiyo or even a stupid like you, this policeman has no right to beat her up. He acted as the judge, jury and the executioner. “
            Where in my post did I say that the policeman has the right to beat her up? Why do you make up stories? Is it just because you want to respond to my post? If you don’t comprehend don’t write replies for gods sake!
            Then you say “He acted as the judge, jury and the executioner”. That is your interpretation and I have not commented on his actions anyway. I feel what the cop and the prostitute had was a personal feud.

            You say “She is not luck you stupid and she doesn’t live in the west.”.
            I don’t understand what you are trying to say here. My concern was that she was lucky that she was not murdered by this policeman and in the west many of them end up been killed by clients, pimps etc.. So, what is the issue you have on this???
            You should also read my response to Kumar below which further explain my concerns.

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              Machan Nuisance.You are a real woman basher.You belong to the think tank that women are responsible for their own fates.Are you muslim by any chance.Whaever it is ,whether it is personal feud or not,this dirty police basterd has no right to beat a woman in public.Basically we all should have a back bone to say ”that is bloody wrong”.No point beating around the bush.This should not happen again and the police ”penda” should be stripped off fully.It is as simple as that.

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                pram,
                You appear to be another Vedda! Reading what, did you get this idea of me being woman basher? Where did I say the cop has the right to beat a woman in public?
                Yes, I belong to the think tank that, not only women, every human being is responsible for their own fate.
                By the way for your information; I am not a “Machan”

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                pramod

                “You are a real woman basher”

                Nuisanse is not a ba**s clanging man it is she devil.

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        It is the post 1977 economy that brought village women to become sex workers.Whether this particular woman is a sex worker or not is not the question.The question is what brought them into this profession and what keeps them there,it is the JRJ’s economy kept in place by every political leader who came into power since.They have been advised by very able jokers like P.B.Jayasundara and Cabraal type.

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        RE: What Is Legal And Illegal Does Not Matter In SL Anymore: AHRC

        “The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has in a statement issued regarding the brutal assault of a sex worker by a Policeman attached to the Rathnapura Police, has stated that the responsibility of such appalling behavior by the Police should be borne by the government.”

        “They have referred to the various statements he made on the incident that were contrary to each other and the manner in which he repeatedly stated that the victimized woman was missing and therefore a statement cannot be obtained by her, although she concurrently began revealing her ordeal in public through media.”

        These standards were set by the president and his cronies. Yes, this women was beaten up by police. She is innocent until proven guilty by the Police (using trumped up charges). there is video evidence.

        Now even the FORMER High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in London was beaten up by a Rajapaksa Shill. The MaRa President said nothing will happen.

        Now we have the criminal activity by the Sinhala “Buddhists’ and Buddhist Monks at Aluthgama and murders. The Police watched and assisted. Nothing happened. In fact they freed the arrested criminals and the culprits.

        This is what happens in the Sinhala “Buddhist” country.

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        Hay kallathoni,
        I suppose AHRC picked up this one cop beating a whore incident and you buggers talk big about it for you lot have no bigger things to highlight in this country. When compared to what Muslims doing to fellow Muslims and also to non-Muslims in many countries all that this cop did was a child’s play.

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          I am no Human

          “When compared to what Muslims doing to fellow Muslims and also to non-Muslims in many countries all that this cop did was a child’s play.”

          Are you stupid man/woman/it in a race against Muslims to see who hit the bottom first?

          We are concerned about the people of this island where we could and should do something to stop all forms of brutalities, beginning with the state, then among the people.

          If you want more violations of human rights and personal space please feel free to hitch a boat and leave this island. As you mentioned there are more countries in this world you can chose from, for instance you can always go back to your ancestral land Tamil Nadu or Bihar.

          When you go please take mechanic, wathie, nuisance, Thondamanar, David Blacker, We Thamizh:D Shiva Sankaran Sarma Menon, …….., ……, ……….. with you.

          One request don’t return.

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      Eusense,

      You state that since she is a prostitute, she should be happy that she is beaten, and not murdered.

      The President told Aljazeera that Dayan was prostituting – so, what do you think would be a fair deal for him – to be beaten if he stayed in Sri lanka, or next level of punishment, if sent abroad?

      Hmm… intersting, when you look at it that way – you may get some support vote for your thinking on that count!

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        Kumar,
        My comment was first to ascertain whether she was a “prostitute” or not because this is the first time I am reading that she is a prostitute. My point was, prostitutes whether in SL or the West live dangerous lives with diseases, physical abuse and even been murdered.
        If the AHRC is using this incidence to portray poor Governance of SL they are not only out of line but have failed badly. It now appears that the incident was a personal feud between a prostitute and a client. And the client happened to be a cop who should not have used his official status to settle personal problems. People using their official status for personal advantages is not confined only to SL.

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      since u bring in the west let me just dish out something interesting… less than 2 months ago in California USA (youtube video is available http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0a54KRz0EGA )a homeless woman was brutally assaulted by a police officer was taped by a passing motorist that went viral. The family of teh victim hired a lawyer and filed a case. The officer was immediately suspended and a court case initiated. within a month the LAPD (Los Angeles Police Department)went into a settlement and the officer resigned… The LAPD agreed to pay US DOLLARS 1.5 MILLION TO the Homeless woman who was assaulted …http://edition.cnn.com/2014/09/25/justice/california-police-videotape-beating/index.html?iref=allsearch ….Interesting huh? will this kind of thing EVER happen in our triple blessed country?

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      Nuisance seems to be a born abusive man. Even if she is a sex worker, she should have rights .. basic rights…

      if as you say – sex workers deserve to be tortured, where have been brought to this day ?

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    The reason why the Police spokesperson made stupid comments was due to the fact that he is in the habit of looking at every incident which are against the police brutality through a binoculars. Unfortunately, he does not use the correct lenses to view the event, he turns the binoculars the other way and looks at the incident and the violent actions of the police does not appear clear to him. Can some one teach him how to use a binoculars!

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    “seven years rigorous imprisonment and or a Rs. 10,000 fine”
    What is correlation between 7 years rigorous imprisonment and the figure Rs.10,000. To me it says this law is 50~60 years old when Rs. 10,000 was considerably large sum . Recently I saw in the news, two foreign prostitutes were given Rs/50 punishment each by a judge. SL body of legislature is huge, but they are busy with amending constitution, no time for laws.. so we still have same penalty nominal figures endorsed in SUDDA time ..

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    Stupid comment by Eusense not only condones police torture and impunity but drags an irrelevant racial comment about Tamils. These are the Sinhala-Buddhists who run the country today

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    Sex worker or not the brave woman deserves a medal for going public. The Police….what can anyone say…this what we have come to expect from all the authorities. None worse than the present Government. Rotten society, rotten State, needs detox from top to bottom (or enema from bottom to top).

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    SriLanka is fast becoming a country of the worst human right violation record. All this is because the people of this country defend their government and vote for autocrats and dynasty of thugs.Not only that some people think they support their race and religion by looking the other way when their government commits violations against minorities.It is sad, because soon the same government will turn against the majority race because they know they are spineless.

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      How often innocent people (most of them blacks) were beaten or shot at by police in the US. Just google ‘black men beaten to death by police’. You’ll see practically all results are from the US. What does that mean?

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        wathie

        “How often innocent people (most of them blacks) were beaten or shot at by police in the US. Just google ‘black men beaten to death by police’. You’ll see practically all results are from the US. What does that mean?”

        If you are so concerned about the US citizens please start campaigning against such brutalities in the US.

        Since we are concerned about the people of this island Let us oppose all forms of human rights violations in this country.

        Are you in a permanent competition with US and West to reach the bottom?

        “What does that mean?”

        You are very very very stupid.

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        It means that crimes by the those in power are made public and condemned. The masses are outraged. The guilty are punished. Compensation is paid. Apologies are made. Checks are instituted to try and prevent abuse of power.

        Does that happen in Sri Lanka?

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    The fact that a tart demands a cop 50 laks on a fundamental rights case for beating her would encourage many tarts to venture into a new business venture. All tarts would work out ways how to get beaten up by a cop and post it in the internet sooner than later.

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      There is nothing wrong in poor women making money out of adversity. When are you posting your thrashing?

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      mechanic

      Sinhala speaking Kallathony Demela

      “The fact that a tart demands a cop 50 laks on a fundamental rights case for beating her would encourage many tarts to venture into a new business venture.”

      That would be a great idea, thriving business of course as many as policeman can be and should be caught. There for it would work as a deterrent against the police brutality and stop them from free loading.

      This should send a message to all those powerful dimwits who are misusing their position to take advantage of those vulnerable people who need protection.

      For most of them their willy works faster than their brain. Their brain is situated behind their willy, yours included.

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    This Policeman did not have the right to do what he did. Even if he did not in an excessive manner.
    A brave woman should be conferred with a ‘Brave or Purple heart”

    On the other hand what moral right has Basil F’do’s AHRC to condem this act? [Edited out]

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      Every right. The AHRC condemns injustice and cruelty all over Asia.

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        This is except when the wrongdoing is perpetrated by its own management.

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          And your example of AHRC’s wrongdoing is…?

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            Basil F’do and the board of directors turned a blind eye to the actions of their own executive director. Basil F’do, as a director is fully aware of this.

            This implies selective justice. It’s wrong if we say its wrong, otherwise we don’t care.

            Come clean Basil/Paul…..whatever you want to call yourself.

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    Why the police man was so pissed off with this woman? Looks like he has something personal to settle. Any way, this is the country where ministers tie public servants to trees in public.

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      chutta

      You are mistaken.

      If this was Saudi they would have stoned her to death. This women was lucky and the policeman beaten her for her own good. If fact that she was indeed grateful to him.

      Worse:

      “In the west hundreds of sex workers have ended up murdered by their clients, pimps and vigilante” – Eusense October 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm

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      Chuttio,
      not only public servants -now the latest trend s been slapping on the ears not regarding the person’s positions best example is CLEAR to the world when reading about Dr Nonis S incident.
      Recalling the incident in which visiting UNP MPs were brutally attacked by high criminals being kept a side to go for agendas stand by manner – PRESIDENT HIMSELF LOUDED THE NATION IT WAS ALL BECAUSE THOSE VISITING MPS HAD PROVOCATED THOSE THUGS. ACCODRING TO MR, PROVOCATIVE THUGS HAVE A PLACE IN HIS MADE WORLD TODAY while decent people are becoming the victimized and get marginalized being fears to their lives. As every living being would do so, people would never open their mouths sinc ethey wanne to live longer. Rajapakshes are brutal they have proved this adequately to this day.

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      Chuti what you are saying is that ‘politicians are violent thugs so the police have the right to be too.’ Very strange reasoning.

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    Most of you, especially Eusense, Stewart, Mechanic etc. have missed the point or are too thick. NOBODY HAS THE RIGHT TO TORTURE ANOTHER WHATEVER THE CAUSE. The compensation a victim is entitled to should be limitless. It is irrelevant this victim was a prostitute, but the police had brought it up to cloud our judgement and it seems to have worked, at least with some idiots. Incidentally, just because other countries commit these crimes, it doesn’t make it right to commit them ourselves. We should be above them all. Finally, I have the greatest respect for AHRC. They were the only ones fighting for the rights of young Rizana Nafeek, the Sri Lankan maid in Saudi Arabia who was cruelly beheaded when our government and also the Muslim leaders appeared to have washed their hands over her case.

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