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Sri Lanka 'porn' video victims flee in fear: report
14 Nov, 2010 08:59:52
Nov 14, 2010 (LBO) - Helpless women whose picture were posted on the internet by third parties have been further victimized and in at least one case forced to flee her home after police published their pictures in the media, a report said.
Lakbimanews, an English weekly, said some of the pictures published in the media by police to catch 'porn' actresses were private videos released by estranged lovers, while some appeared to be of an 'amature' nature secretly shot with hidden cameras.

One victim in Nattanadiya had fled her home and parents in fear of her safely after she had been targeted by 'sexual predators' the newspaper quoted a friend as saying

"Some of the pictures are of honeymoon couples, while many others are of girls shot by teenage boyfriends," Lakbimanews said.

Some women have been subject to blackmail through such material, the newspaper said.

Several Sri Lankan newspaper editors last week refused to publish the pictures, despite a court order to do so, saying they were not sure of the origins of the material.

Ironically, the court order was obtained by the police 'Children and Women's Bureau.'

Police have already caught one woman and who can face up to six months jail or a fine of 10,000 rupees, or both, if convicted, the report said.

Pornography falls in to a category of so-called 'victimless crimes' which many free countries have progressively de-criminalized. Last week Sri Lanka legalized gambling, another such activity, as part of efforts to develop the tourist industry.

Such laws have originally been based on an 'offence' principle though a victim who had been 'harmed' cannot be clearly identified.

In another recent incident police also arrested couples staying in 13 hotels in a provincial town.

Lakbimanews earlier report quoted a lecturer of Sri Lanka's Colombo University, Prathiba Mahanma as saying that an arrested couple had once sought justice at Supreme Court.

Courts had had ruled that the marital status was not a consideration in their right to stay at a hotel, while adultery applied in divorce cases, only sex with people below 16 years of age was statutory rape, which is a crime, he said.

"Apprehending couples who are beyond the age limit required to stay in such rooms is a slight on the judiciary itself," Mahanama was quoted as saying.

"The reason for this is, the judiciary has clearly granted the approval and the right to any couple who are not underage, from (sic) staying in such rooms."

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26. blossom Dec 25
This is another stupid law brought up by the Women and Child protection bureau. This is not protecting women this is humiliating women.
25. dj3 Nov 25
@benja...man ur not exposed...
the government is not exposed...
the so called Children and Women's Bureau has made a fool's decision to expose all the faces as some of these pictures were taken forcefully. and i agree wit jjjj, what is wrong wit porn? plus the authorities are too lazy to find the source of the spread. Rather they attack the innocent which is quite easy i would say.

The Children and Women's Bureau is not helping the children n women by this decision...rather they're victimizing the already victimized by publishing the faces like this. In a way, the bureau too is spreading porn by this action. Think deep, Think hard... dont think that if u scratch ur head...the lice will leave!!

24. jjjjj Nov 22
Forget all the crackdowns and the laws, what exactly is wrong with porn... As long as it is done by consenting adults and is meant for the use by adults, it should be a completely legitimate act.

Adults are supposed to be people who know what they want and can differentiate between good and bad, if so the sensibility in taking away the right to choose of a citizen,in the case of such a trivial thing as porn.

23. Benja Nov 16
Whatever things may be happening first of lets think on the ethical, moral and proper cultural grounds. I believe every bad incident carries opportunities and learnings. This incident has exposed the immoral side of certain people involved. Of course its a widespread culture in the society right now to have sex outside marrital relationship.

However this kind of step has been a warning and a reminder of disciplines to women and men. What i dont understand is "how is it that women agree to pose for vieos during their private intimate sessions?". If its their own husbands even (in the case of honeymoons), a virtuous women will never agree to expose her nakedness and marriage intimacies on videos or pictures. What i personally see is that women are taking too much risk, so they have to bear the cost.

What would be the purpose of video of such sessions? of course it is to black mail or enjoy the memories after breaking up??? 1. The problem is that these kind of women are not using their brain. 2. These women are so pleased to pose naked.3.These kind of women are engaged in sexual relationships (which is deemed to be a physical need by the society now, where as it is a communicative expression of love between married couples) that are not acceptable by virtue. The consequences should be faced for what you invested in (man or woman)!

Sri Lankans open your mind and think, rather than criticising dumb acitvities of the police, start preaching young people around of the values of marriage. Tell them how good it is to love one partner, get married to him/her and have sex with the same person. Problems always crop up, when you work against the natural system.Thats waht is happening now. Sex outside marriage is causing embarassment!

22. sltk2004 Nov 16
@Soma: You say "The Government should ban filming pornography by agents and punish them very severely.". Do you think these people advertise doing these things like main stream movies ?

Most of these cases may be 'private' moments made 'public' by some participants themselves or by a third party using hidden camera or something. How can the these be stopped ? By banning video cameras ?

21. WorriedHeart Nov 16
The saddest part is that i had to go through the pictures published by the SL police to make sure that my friend's photograph has not been published, who suffered & tortured from her ex.boyfriend. that cruel guy is still threatening her even after she got married to gentle man who knows the entire story.

I wonder what if her picture got published,This society would force her to choose nothing but suicide.

20. Nicole Phillips Nov 16
Agreed.

The CIS incident is thanks to one single parent who also happens to be a politico of sorts... i wonder where he got the money to send his child to CIS to start with...

As for this case... i applaud the newspapers for their stand on the publishing of the pictures...

As for the rest of it... Our so called sri lankan culture as potrayed by the fanatics out there who are hounding the actors/actresses.... is absolute hogwash...

the rich cultural history that this country has had has been distorted beyond recognition by these inbred bigots who unfortunately sit in positions to be able to do this kind of madness...

Good link Ritigala... its a really good opinion piece.

19. Mitrapala Waduthanthri Nov 16
This is the same stupid bureau which is investigating CIS for distribution of a book which allegedly taught children how to have sex.
18. Hari Nov 16
We as an educated, sophisticated, sensible, ethical and matured Srilankan society have a right to know who came up with this dirty idea to haress these innocent women.

Expose them, him or her to the society, be it a politician, A judge or a police officer. We'll take it from there.

As Srilankans we have the right to protect the dignity of our own people and the country as a whole. We are already exposed and marketed to the world as a non tolerant, non ethical, taliban style country by these stupid laws.

I urge authorities to punish the pig heads behind this idea. I wonder how we are going to become wonder of asia, our country and the government already has enough shit to handle to clear the name of our nation that was tarnished by this kind of selfish and stupid Srilankans themselves. This should not be allowed to continue and we should correct ourselves now before it's too late.

17. Hari Nov 15
I hope this was not approved by the government. I supported government so far. But if this is the government's idea it's a shame .

Courts and police where civilians are going for justice are the criminals here. Wonder where we are heading. Another taliban style law, Saudi, Iran style law? We should also catch all the politicians, judges and police sleeping with prostitutes or lovers and expose them to public, and may be stone them to death. Way to go dumbheads.

16. D man Nov 15
Law of the jungle. Beat the poor and innocents.Where are those so called Womens rights organizations? These women are obviously the victims, since when did the court punished the victims?
15. Ritigala Jayasena Nov 15
Witch hunt

http://www.secularsrilanka.com/discussions/ritigala-jayasena/witch-hunt

14. Chris Nov 15
This is the result of the so called 'brain drain'. Now you can see what kind of dumb people we are left with to run the authorities.

If what they say about Karma is true, we'd see some shenanigans of these so called authorities on media before long.

13. Sid Nov 15
Brainless ass-holes.. this is not the correct way to handle such a type of issues..
12. Asela Perera Nov 14
Another idiotic move by the stupid Sri Lanka, and the stupid court system.

All these so called porn stars, are innocent until they are proven guilty so their identity should be protected under human rights.

Even if they are guilty, guilty of what? it's their choice and they are for sure adults.

Arn't the politicians, almost everyone is a porn star? All the politicians who has slept with xxx please stand up, All the politicians who has slept with xx xx please stand up, please stand up... Go catch some fish Sri Lanka police.

11. Soma Nov 14
First we should raise the age from 16 to 18yrs.Next, they should bring laws not to provide rooms in hotels if they don't provide valid ID's and hotels should be held responsible.The law should also protect couples privacy in hotels.

The Government should ban filming pornography by agents and punish them very severely. This is what is needed. This way you can restrict it but not totally .Name a country in the world where you don't find this ? The rich does it for pleasure while poor gets involved for money.

10. gamunu Nov 14
Why is the police running after these poor girs/ladies disregarding the real culprits behind this....this is how SL stupid police act in any grave situation...they are going to mess up everything..they may be trying to abuse these girls/womens as they usually do...punishing the victims instead of the real offenders is the vision and mission of the idiotic , brainless and narrow minded Sri Lanka police.
9. dp Nov 14
The dumbest thing by our police..confused that a judge gave a green light to publish these pictures..all these videos or pictures should have been scrutinized to confirm that they were done for commercial purpose..most of these could come from hidden cameras, without their consent..
8. Sri Lankan Lover Nov 14
I wonder whether what is the positive outcome they expect from this move ? destroy lives of few people who most probably have nothing to do with publishing these picures on the web !!!!!!!!!

I wonder whether capturing such explicit photos for private use is also a vialation of law?

it was a great decisions by papers not to publish these pictures?

Measures like hotel raids for young couples could be easilly used to give negative publicity to tourism also.

7. meeya Nov 14
This is disgusting. nobody acts in a porn movies for fun. and in this case most of those are of the nature that is described by above comments. Srilanka is not Saudi Arabia.there should be control i agree' but not like this. this is picking the leaves while tree still remains intact. women's rights groupes in srilanka

won't interfere because no big international money involved or this is not a threat tho any of those big time lesbians who run the show of woman's rights groupes in srilanka.and in my opinion its a violation of an adult person if they are not allowed to act in a porn movie or whatever.

6. Sarath Nov 14
The moral high-horse that some of these stuck-ups are on is bewildering. Some girls engaged in sexual activity, which the moral police should know that their own wives and mothers have engaged in, whether they know it or not. Then the pervert that they chose to be their partners have decided to film that and put in on the web.

Now the clueless authorities have decided to victimize these girls by publishing their pictures in the media. If the male partners of these girls are culpable for putting the videos on the web the authorities are twice as culpable for publishing the pictures in the media.

Who's going to punish the retarded personnel at these gov. agencies who, I may add, have also been tasked with the welfare of our children. I for one would trust a group of cows to do a better job of protecting my kids (if I had to make a choice) than let these moron take care of them.

5. Shakira Nov 14
This is ridiculous - right or wrong no one has the right to publish photos of the persons involved in these activities - it will scar them for life and there will be no chance for them to live a normal life learning from their mistakes - it is outrageous to say the least to publish pictures.
4. sadharane Nov 14
They should be questioned to extract other information as to who their partner actors, movie directors, cameramen etc were. once they get all the names and info, they should also be published in newspapers. Movie directors must be given highest jail terms as they are the ones who earned more money from this business. otherwise this is just another victimization of weaker gender.
3. samanta Nov 14
Finally, some poor girls are isolated, attacked and forced to commit suicide bz of this unkind, wicked publicity. There are ways to do anything. But this is the rudimental way. Who will now get the responsibility of the lives of this poor people? Who know whether videos were intentional or not? Has government made measures to protect one's private life's confidentiality in a hotel room @ least in one's honeymoon?

Who run majority of illegal prostitute parlours? who do not know on the ministers running such even in so-called sacred city of Anuradhapura? Why they are not caught? These are facts to prove that law is only for poor who can do nothing! This is real humbug!

2. Kama Sutra Nov 14
Why only publish the photo's of the actresses and not the actors , then there are also the producers directors and camera crew just to name a few . It's cynical and discriminatory to only target one group while letting the others get away with it !
1. ih Nov 14
It is pity that so called rights activists and womens organizations are silent on this issue. at least no one question how they came up with 80 females and only 3 or 4 males.