Mosques exonerate Muslim girls

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Mosques in the eastern Sri Lankan town of Kattankudi have made public announcements exonerating two teenage girls accused of watching pornography.

The loudspeaker announcements were made following a court order.

A group of men allegedly beat up the 17-year-olds last week after they came out of an internet cafe in Kattankudi, a mostly Muslim town.

The father of one of the girls says they were accused of watching pornography - a charge the girls deny.

Mohammad Yusuf Abdul Razak told the BBC that the issue had been blown out of proportion because of an earlier announcement made from mosque loudspeakers that that two girls had been viewing pornography.

Mr Razak said that a group of men forcefully took his daughter and the other girl to a local house and beat them up, before taking them to a local Islamic office.

"After that, an announcement was made from a mosque using loudspeakers that two girls were caught doing wrongful things," Mr Razak said.

After hearing this announcement, Mr Razak says, a large crowd gathered and started to denounce the girls.

Police finally intervened and the girls were taken to hospital for treatment for their injuries, he said.

Local Muslims deny making announcements regarding the girls from a mosque. But they agreed on Wednesday to comply with court orders to broadcast the exonerations.

"Today we made announcement from about eight or nine mosques covering the whole area of the Kattankudi town," said Mosque Federation Chairman Mohammad Ibrahim.

"The crux of the message is the girls have not been found guilty of any wrongdoing and are innocent. Local people should help those girls and their family to live in peace."

Police are yet to trace the main accused. But Mr Razak said that he was happy with the retraction. "I want to thank the judge for restoring our honour," he said.

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  • bio Friday, 01 July 2011 10:40 AM

    this is not saria law .o not mix with islamic law and barberic act

    Sampath Thursday, 30 June 2011 11:11 AM

    well said...! this should be banned..!

    brenlover Friday, 01 July 2011 02:00 AM

    totally agreed with simple mind..

    shyam Friday, 01 July 2011 06:23 AM

    Mr.Lalith,
    are very 100% sure you are not getting any benefits from dessert? then y u r blaming the whole community? whenever you publish anything in public.. you have to mind your language... its not your own land to send anyone to back ? as a human after we died we cant bring anything with us.. i am not sure abt u.. think before talk or publish...dont your normal stupidness to rule your mind...

    lalith Friday, 01 July 2011 02:08 AM

    no sharia law in SL if you dont like it go back to the dessert

    Raj Friday, 01 July 2011 11:40 PM

    Is this the only incident? I think there are other acts of mosque taking law in to their hand, goes unreported.

    Xman Saturday, 02 July 2011 03:11 AM

    Perhaps some kind of revenge (the story is yet to be explore..?).

    Black Mamba Thursday, 30 June 2011 03:38 AM

    I suppose they had to, for Rizana'a sake!

    Kalu Albert Thursday, 30 June 2011 07:43 AM

    this is not saudi . there is not barbarian law in srilanka.

    Danushka Desilva Thursday, 30 June 2011 03:39 AM

    No seperate Muslim Laws, im not being racist but Courts should determine these punishment. This is not Saudi Arabia

    Godaya Friday, 01 July 2011 02:44 PM

    Thanks Mr. Shyam for threatening us in true muslim style.

    simple mind Thursday, 30 June 2011 03:45 AM

    After the damage is done there is no point in saying sorry. What about the ordeal the two innocent girls went through, our society is such can they keep their head high and walk in the neighborhood hereafter. The police should take these people who took the law onto their own hands into custody and charge them with child abuse.

    RAJIV Thursday, 30 June 2011 03:47 AM

    I hope the main suspect will be caught soon and taken to court and given a fetal beating and then made to apologies to the girls in public. He is a barbarian.

    niyaz Saturday, 02 July 2011 05:39 AM

    Do i see some other force behind this act. This is not the behavior of Muslims in Sri Lanka. It could just be the beginning of something bigger that's going to come. We should nip this in the bud before it gets out of hand.

    shan Fernando Thursday, 30 June 2011 04:12 AM

    We have only one justice system. These extremists cant do what ever they want in this country. If they want, they can go to the so called kingdom. Just punish them

    dhiga Thursday, 30 June 2011 04:08 AM

    Imagine the situation if they were the majority!

    Ahamed Thursday, 30 June 2011 04:15 AM

    I am ashamed and disgusted witn these acts, if the the girls watch pornos the matter is upto their parents. The Taleban mentality of some eastern muslims is an embarrasment to the whole community and the majority of moderate and open minded muslims. They should not take the laws into their hands. Sri Lanka is not Afghanistan.

    Kiri Banda Thursday, 30 June 2011 04:15 AM

    These kind of things should be banned just like France have done.

    Xman Thursday, 30 June 2011 04:24 AM

    That is correct.

    Lapas Friday, 01 July 2011 10:21 AM

    Many of your people are in the dessert, eating DESSERT


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