The National Shoora Council (NSC), an umbrella body of 18 national Muslim Civil Society Organizations (CBO) vehemently condemns the brutal murder of the child Seya Sadevmini, who was strangled to death at Kotadeniyawa in Divulapitiya. NSC pleads for collective action against all types of abuses against children in our country. It appeals to the President and the Prime Minister to reinforce law and the authorities to assure safe and secure lives for the children and women of our motherland and to take immediate actions against those who are behind this shocking incident.
Incidents of child abuse and rapes had been reported in the past and were associated with lack of law and order in the country. However, with the new government, the people of this country have great expectation from them to establish ‘good governance’, which could end all such abuses by effective implementation of law and order. Ending such crimes need collective action from political and civil society leaders, government authorities and the media at large and every citizen. It is important to enforce strict rules on such crimes that tamper with moral and human values of our nation.
The problems of crimes of these nature, child abuse, rape and incest are tip of the iceberg of a major problem our country is faced with. Indeed these are the effects and unless the causes that influence these crimes are holistically addressed these crimes cannot be stopped. Unfortunately, today unhindered access to pornography through the Internet, nudism and promiscuity displayed in the print and digital media inciting subliminal feelings of people are the driving forces for these crimes. Therefore, the NSC urges that whilst actions are taken to arrest and punish the perpetrators to these crimes, also urges to control the influencing factors like pornography in the Internet and the media that propel one towards criminal actions of rape, child abuse, incest and murder.
Therefore, the NSC urges all the stakeholders to act responsibly to bring an end to scourges of child abuse, rape, incest and murder in our country by not only implementing the law against the perpetrators but also controlling the causal factors that create this criminal ambience in our society. As responsible citizens and stakeholders we are duty bound to protect the ethical and moral foundation of our country as a virtuous nation build on civilized values.
The National Shoora Council