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From: The Socialist issue 858, 3 June 2015: Strikes get results

Search site for keywords: Sri Lanka - Students - Protest - Women - Violence against women - Solidarity - Police - Tamil Solidarity

Sri Lankan students protest

End violence against women

Bharathi Subramanian, Tamil Solidarity

On 20 May, Jaffna in Sri Lanka came to a standstill, with shops being shut and black flags raised in memory of Vidya Sivaloganathan, the 17-year-old A-level student brutally gang raped and murdered. This came alongside the biggest public demonstrations in Sri Lanka's north in recent years.

Vidya's body was found in a dishevelled state with her hands and legs tied to a tree log using her school tie, and her mouth was stuffed with a rag.

Students from schools across the north and east showed their rage starting with the students from Vidya's school.

From the Kytes island, this sense of solidarity spread to Jaffna and elsewhere, including students from Muslim girls' schools, taking to the streets. They were protesting to condemn the brutal act and to demand that the culprits be brought to book.

State violence

As a consequence, nine suspects were arrested. The day that the suspects were brought before the Jaffna magistrates court saw an unprecedented number of protesters on the streets.

What began as a largely peaceful protest turned violent as state forces fired tear gas at the protesters and fired gunshots in the air. This was a huge overreaction to the throwing of stones at the court windows.

This antagonised the protesters, who defended themselves against the police. The result was that more than 120 people were arrested - protesters and bystanders. Some are still in police jails.

Demonstrations in Jaffna have now been banned, with arrest on the spot being issued to anyone protesting - a total denial of democratic rights.

The public outcry expressed the fear that the criminals will get away without prosecution.

When the crime was reported, the police initially disregarded the complaint by the parents. They said it was a family feud. However, they soon had to change their position due to the pressure they were under.

This highlights the complete lack of police accountability to the local population. In fact, they are seen as part of an occupying force, not even speaking the language of local people.

Militarisation

The objectification of women is a huge issue in Sri Lanka, as in all developing countries and around the world. The problems are further enhanced by the militarisation in the north and east and by the land grab. Tamils are treated as second-class citizens, with no real rights, and crimes against them can be committed with impunity.

The vulnerability of women to attack is also worsened by the lack of social and public services, good housing, and the lack of future prospects.

Tamil Solidarity stands in solidarity with the protesters and strongly condemns crimes of sexual violence. We welcome the mass expression of rage and strong sense of solidarity across the island.






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