FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION SRI LANKA

For press freedom by Sunanda Deshapriya

NfR – Net working for rights in Sri lanka
Exile network for media and human rights in Sri Lanka
Press release/ 24 February 2011

NfR, Network of exiled Sri Lankan journalists and human rights defenders, expresses its serious concern about the incident on the 22nd instant,  of  the ashes of  a cremated mother in Jaffna being  desecrated and the putting of the bodies of 3 dogs killed by shooting  on the cremation spot. In accordance with the Hindu tradition,  the ashes of a cremated body are collected the next  day  to be dissolved in a river or sea. According to media reports the  ashes had been scattered by military vehicles running over the spot.  NfR sources in Jaffna confirmed the truth of this incident and indicated  that no one wants to speak about it openly because of fear.

The mother known as  Parvathi Ammal,  happened to be the mother of Velupillai Prabaharan , leader of the LTTE.
It is clear this dastardly act was carried out just because of one of her siblings happened to be this  Parbaharan.
Mrs. Vallipuram Parvathi, who has been ill for some time passed away on last Sunday the 20th February 2011.
Condemning this kind of inhuman brutality does not mean that one condones the actions of  the LTTE or its leader Prabaharan.

NfR condemns this despicable act of desecrating her cremation site  which goes against  basic civilized norms and behaviors.

Read the full statement here

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