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Women can’t step out without fear, society is to be blamed: Sarath Weerasekera

Women of all ages are unable to step out of their homes without fear, even the elderly, and the police is not to be blamed, instead it is the fault of the society we live in that needs to be blamed for such fears, said Minister of Public Security Sarath Weerasekera.

He made this statement during a media brief held today (01).

“Women are unable to step out of their homes due to fears of getting mugged. If a 10 year old goes missing, the final outcome is not very good. The forces are not to be blamed for this. Instead, it is the society we live in. People are building this kind of a society. In Singapore, women of all ages can travel in a cab even in the middle of the night without fear. But, in Sri Lanka this cannot happen,” said Weerasekera.

He further stated that no matter how much the police protects people, it is the society and the mentality of the people that needs to work harder to ensure that people of all ages are safe.

“Back in the day, a woman can wear her jewelry and travel from the north to the south without fears, today this is not the case,” Weerasekera said.

Additionally, Weerasekera said that Sri Lanka being a country of deep Buddhist roots and a spiritual nation, this “fear” of wrong doings is not vested inside the consciences of people.