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.