Despite the overwhelming general dislike, the emerald isle is marching back to its bloody days.
Even after the end of the war, the land has not been devoid of showering live bullets, dead bodies found in secluded houses and blood-stained hands that have not yet been chained.
The week started with the news that a body was found in a car in Marine Drive in broad daylight. On the same day it was reported that the Officer in-charge of the In-Service Police Training College Sabaragamuwa, Chief Inspector Indrasoma Rathnayake was shot dead in Elapatha.
On Monday, a 22-year-old mentally disabled youth was hacked to death at Diwulpitiya in Borelesgamuwa over a personal dispute. Tuesday saw a triple killing in Bulathsinhala where a father, mother and their son have been strangled with pieces of wire allegedly by some gangsters who had broken into their house. On the same day, two charred bodies of a 32-year-old woman and her 7-year-old son were discovered in their house at Mudunkotuwa in Kiriella.
To complete the bloody picture, Kahawatte has become a land of horrors and the four prisoners who escaped from the Welikada prison during the recent riots are still out in the open.
The end of war inspired many patriotic and elaborative speeches that gave the idea that with the annihilation of terrorism people’s right to life would finally be safeguarded. However, in the third year after the guns were silenced, the fear of death still looms at large.
The assurance that dying in a bomb blast is an impossibility offers little comfort.
Contrary to the wartime situation, today death has altered its shape so much that one would not even know whether he dies a death of a good guy or that of the villain. If the country’s crime rate is on the rise, it is not another trademark blame-game but solid action that is required to curb the situation.
Now is the time for those who proudly proclaimed the guardianship of the people to act on their words. After all, the value of human life is not included in the spreadsheets that are scrutinized behind the glass doors.
Be it the introducing of the death penalty, punishing the goons who hide behind garbs of the politicians or remedying the root causes that rear criminals, the top most priority of the government should be assuring the safety of the country’s citizenry. If it hopes to keep the war victory under its lock and key, the responsibility of the government is to keep the fear factor at bay; unless of course one would think that fear essentially feeds power.
After all, there cannot be peace when people’s right to life is deprived in the most brutal manner. No human being deserves an execution prior to a trial. Hence, no killing could be justified no matter whose hands performed them.
At any rate, safety should not be an illusion
These blood-stained hands need to be handcuffed. Today. Now!