Damaging Mirror Wall, woman jailed for 2 yrs

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A 23-year-old woman who was charged with causing damage to the Mirror Wall at Sigiriya was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by Dambulla Magistrate Sanjeewa Ramyakumara today.

The woman, a resident of Batticaloa, had visited Sigiriya along with some friends and scribbled her name on the Mirror Wall using a hairpin.

Police said Archaeological Department officials had apprehended her as she was writing her name (Udaya), in English, on the wall.

They had handed her over to the Sigiriya Police,

The Archaeological Department had reported that the damage could not be repaired. (Kanchana Kumara Ariyadasa)

  Comments - 18

  • Roentgen Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:45 AM

    I understand the damage caused to the site but the sentence is a bit harsh

    Gamarala Tuesday, 03 March 2015 01:04 AM

    What an idiot, to do something like this to a national treasure. Good punishment for her, will never do so ever again.

    ashley Tuesday, 03 March 2015 01:38 AM

    The have to ban hair pins like full face helmets.

    Lima Tuesday, 03 March 2015 01:50 AM

    VERY GOOD , IF THEY DO NOT KNOW TO BEHAVE GIVE THEM THE PUNISHMENT ,OK, BUT, THEN , THE ROBBERS AND MURDERERS WHO DONE THE DAMAGE AND CANNOT BE EVEN BROUGHT BACK TO LIVES THOSE KILLED THRU WHITE VAN AND THE MONIES SENT OUT , WHAT IS THEIR STATUS , HOW MANY YEARS OR GALLOWSWHY FOR SCRIBBLING 2 YEARS AND FOR THESE TYPES OF ROBBERS , MURDERERS NOTHING

    lanka putha Tuesday, 03 March 2015 01:50 AM

    History is ruined.So sad. Her name should be written in her back with a hot Iron bar

    antonsunil77 Tuesday, 03 March 2015 02:08 AM

    In the Island of Paradise justice is only for the poor ignorant people and how quick the judgement was given But but the corrupt politicians?

    suresh Tuesday, 03 March 2015 03:03 AM

    very good ! Maybe should have made it 5 yrs and then reduced to 2 on good behaviour

    Russell von Bergheim Tuesday, 03 March 2015 04:03 AM

    She should have got a much harsher sentence for causing irreparable damage to a World Heritage site.

    simon Tuesday, 03 March 2015 05:08 AM

    Hooray ! Finally someone in Jail !!!

    anura Tuesday, 03 March 2015 06:26 AM

    She has now prison wall to draw all her life story.

    Nimal Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:14 AM

    The punishment is acceptable if there was a notice of warning.

    Sisira Tuesday, 03 March 2015 09:23 AM

    This verdict is a joke. See how big culprits are punished. She must be released after advice! I cannot understand this law.

    rocker Saturday, 21 March 2015 05:56 PM

    The most outrageous part is these shameful commentators like Sisira here coming to rescue of a person who have done a irreparable damage to a national treasure of this country. This should be a lesson for all out there doing these things without thinking through.

    Marathelis Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:02 AM

    They are clearly making an example out of her

    chaith Tuesday, 03 March 2015 10:32 AM

    what about the rajapakse family who destroyed so much of natural resources and did treasure hunting.

    Magedaragamage Tuesday, 03 March 2015 04:28 PM

    Archaeology Department must distribute pamphlets and place boards in all three languages advising the visitors how to conduct themselves when they visit and also arrange a guard to each 25 odd visitors for which payment could be harnessed through ticket price. It is not the first time this happened.

    Navanjana Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:03 AM

    Good job. A great example for others not to do such things again.

    Eds Tuesday, 03 March 2015 11:12 AM

    Finally, something concrete from the yaha palanaya circus!


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