The moral police are here.

13 06 2010

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/world/south_asia/10278477.stm

Young people in Sri Lanka sure have a harder life than their counterparts across the globe: once again the moral police are out to get them!

In this absolutely ridiculous attempt by more powerful people to control the lives and sexualities of young people in Sri Lanka, the police are now arresting couples caught kissing and holding hands in public!

What happens when you arrest or reprimand a young couple for this absolutely normal public display of affection? let me tell you from experience: They find other places to go and kiss. The hand holding and more (done discreetly under umbrellas usually!) wont stop, it will just go underground where people cant see them. And when people cant see them what do they expect will happen? Kissing will lead to touching, touching to fondling and fondling to sex. Sex WILL happen. It is just a matter of time.

This arresting of young people outrages me for more than this one reason. In most of Sri Lanka except for the capital city, there is nothing for young people to do and nowhere for them to go. Having visited vavuniya recently i realized the starkness of their realities, they have not cinemas to go to, no parks in which to play, very few sports facilities, no major athletic grounds, no plays to go watch, no large national events head in their district, basically no entertainment but their mobile phones. And let me not go into what those are being used for most of the time….

Apart from this there is another reason why I am outraged with this arresting of young couples: I cant fully grasp why showing affection to someone is such a crime and is punished with arrest…what a waste of time and resources for the police force! However killing people in the name of war is rewarded. It is better to hate and kill than to love? Is that the message we want the next generation to learn I wonder…

I know more than one person who will tell me that “its against our culture” to be seen publically displaying affection, but our culture is changing and we need to change with the times. Read the papers and have a look at the kind of things that are reported, women throwing babies, 70 year old men raping school girls, someone cutting off a woman’s arm to steal her bangles; what about our culture then? Our culture is definitely changing: people 50 years ago got married by the time they were 14 or 15. Young people have the same feelings now that young people 50 years ago had,t he only difference being young people today have no culturally acceptable way of expressing it except within a marriage. And the legal age of marriage is 18. Something isn’t quite fitting here don’t you think??

I cry out to the law enforcers: Leave our young alone. Equip them with the knowledge and skills on how to live life safely, have safe sex and be respectful of one another. Stop putting them behind bars into overcrowded prisons and detention centres. This will not work.

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8 responses

13 06 2010
me

37 african countries criminalise homosexuality too … it is beyond tragic … 😦

14 06 2010
Vak

Oh, these are not same-sex couples, if that is what you thought. These are young heterosexual couples. We don’t even stand a chance! It’s part of the new phase of morality. “Indecent” billboards are coming down in Colombo as well.

14 06 2010
me

Wow 😦 is it based on religion?

14 06 2010
pp

misguided “cultural norms” more like.

14 06 2010
14 06 2010
me

Thanks 😦 the level of state social control is scary

16 06 2010
N

Of course our cops can’t catch any real criminals so they catch couples holding the hands. The IGP should be real proud of his hard work.

23 06 2010
lesc90

I agree with you completely. It’s a shame that young people are prosecuted for expression of love, but persuaded to kill for their countries.
You’d think they’d have serious issues to deal with, rather than involving themselves in young love.

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