Women in Political Purdah?

France, where women did not vote until 1944, has had its share of backwardness over the years with its clerical obscurantism, fascistic ideologues, anti-semitism and male chauvinism. But France has also led the way with its revolutions, radical thinkers, commitment to universal rights, separation of Church and State, and now with its new law on … Continue reading Women in Political Purdah?

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Verbal Harassment and Media Sexism

Verbal harassment of women continues with impunity in the media in Sri Lanka. Recently the spectacle of a judge at a TV contest casting obscenities at a young performer has led to heated discussions on the issue. Cat’s Eye joins the debate and makes a distinction between acceptable banter between equals and harassment in a … Continue reading Verbal Harassment and Media Sexism

Domestic Violence – The Rice Pot Boils Over

There is an old saying that has been frequently bandied about to dismiss violence in the home and to critique the laws enacted to prevent domestic violence in Sri Lanka. The adage “anger between a husband and wife is only until the pot of rice gets cooked” is probably true in many small arguments between … Continue reading Domestic Violence – The Rice Pot Boils Over

The Punishment is the Crime

While the country is supposed to be a civilized democracy where the rule of law prevails, it is appalling that extra-judicial punishments of a medieval, barbaric nature are being inflicted on the poor – by persons in authority. Such individuals  who have no legal authority to punish, take the law into their hands and administer … Continue reading The Punishment is the Crime

Citizenship, Pride and Prejudice

What constitutes citizenship in a country? What are the benefits of citizenship? What can we expect from it? What are our rights and entitlements as citizens? For those of us fortunate enough to be privileged and mainstream, we hardly think - or need to think - about citizenship in this way. We can take it … Continue reading Citizenship, Pride and Prejudice

Morality and the Police

A series of developments over the past few weeks has brought into focus the role of the state and the Police in safe guarding certain notions of "public morality" in Sri Lanka. Recent news reports show that a number of couples who were holding hands, kissing and cuddling in public areas including parks and beaches … Continue reading Morality and the Police

Citizenship, Homosexuality and Equal Opportunities

What constitutes citizenship in a country? What are the benefits of citizenship? What can we expect from it? What are our rights and entitlements as citizens? For those of us fortunate enough to be privileged and mainstream, we hardly think - or need to think - about citizenship in this way. We can take it … Continue reading Citizenship, Homosexuality and Equal Opportunities