Health Minister Maithripala Sirisena said that Sri Lankan people should take Indians as an example when raising their voice against violence against women, Daily News reported.
He said it will not be possible, until this happens, to stop violence against women even if tough laws are introduced.
A number of Sri Lankan women had to suffer sexual harassment daily while travelling in buses and a large number of women are harassed by their husbands in villages, said the Minister.
He stressed, “Most victimized women suffer because of their children. Some bear all types of abuse as they depend on their husbands as they do not have any source of income”.
He also pointed that in rural areas many women starve and are unable to provide food to their children as their husbands waste their income on alcohol and cigarettes.
The minister added, “These women are scared of their husbands and say nothing against them. Sometimes, these men have mistresses. These men give their income to mistresses. Urban women who undergo sexual harassment in buses and trains do not speak against perpetrators as they do not like to get verbally abused”.
According to the minister the only way to stop violence against women was raising a voice against it together as the Indians do.
“The toughest laws only will not be able to protect women from crimes and violence against them”, he said adding, “The Indian media set a good example to the Sri Lankan media by not publicizing the photograph and details of the raped girl”.
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