Mayor's body arrives in Colombo

[TamilNet, Tuesday, 19 May 1998, 23:59 GMT]
The aircraft carrying the body of the assassinated Mayor of Jaffna, Sarojini Yogeswaran touched down at Ratmalana air- base, in the suburbs of Colombo around 1:30 p.m., said sources.

From there, Ms. Yogeswaran's body was brought to the Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) office.

There, R. Sambandan, MP (Trincomalee District) and General Secretary, Tamil United Liberation Front (TULF) and TULF members of Parliament Joseph Pararajasingham and Neelan Tiruchelvam received the body, which was draped with the TULF flag.

Among those who paid their last respects at the TULF office were A. T. Ariyaratne, a member of the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka and leader of the NGO, Sarvodaya.

The body was handed over to relatives around 4:30 p.m., and is now lying at Raymonds funeral parlour in Colombo. The funeral will take place tomorrow at Kanatte general cemetery tomorrow, said sources.

Mr. Anandasangary said in his tribute to Ms. Yogeswaran, that she had taken to politics not with self-interest or desire to attain high public office, but to serve the people.

Commenting on the Sangiliyan Force which had claimed responsibility for the killing, Mr. Anandasangary said that Sangiliyan was a brave king who had ruled Jaffna and murder done in his name only desecrated his memory. But the Tamil people would not be deceived, he said.

Mr. Amirthalingam (former leader of the TULF) once said that the fruit of their labours would be death, but despite this premonition he continued to work, said Mr. Anandasangary.

Meanwhile, Sangiliyan Force has warned lawyers who humiliate Tamil women in open court by asking them to describe how they molested or raped in lurid detail, to keep away from court in future, said sources in Jaffna.

In a notice distributed in Jaffna, 'Sangiliyan Force' said that these lawyers were paid by the Sri Lanka Army and police to humiliate Tamil women.

Due to Tamil and Sinhala cultural values, women and girls who are raped or molested are often made outcasts in society. The public humiliation endured by victims during trials often dissuades others from reporting sexual crimes.

 

Latest 15 Reports
04.08.20 20:57   Photo
Occupying Sinhala military reminds Eezham Tamils of whose elections they partake
03.08.20 21:05  
TMVP-linked operatives collaborate with SL Navy, suppress Tamil fishers in Vaakarai
02.08.20 18:29   Photo
Manifestos of TNA, TNPF and TMTK expose lacuna, hint areas for corrections of Tamil polity
01.08.20 21:17  
Unified Eezham Tamil national front, beyond electoral politics, is next step: Jothilingam
31.07.20 22:39  
Colombo isolates Tamil political prisoners within heavily fortified cells
30.07.20 20:09  
Criminals banished from South deployed for Sinhala colonisation in Musali, Mannaar
29.07.20 18:26  
Colombo resumes surveying of lands for Sinhala colonisation in interior Batticaloa
28.07.20 18:31   Photo
Community physician referring North and East as Tamil areas was ‘racism’ for GMOA
27.07.20 20:24  
SL Police blocks protest by families of missing persons in East
26.07.20 20:17   Photo
Sinhala Archaeology officials attach GPS tracking to ‘heritage’ stones in East
25.07.20 18:26   Photo
Colombo's CID questions Wigneswaran for claiming Tamil Buddhism as predating Sinhala
24.07.20 22:15   Photo
Saiva deity statue destroyed 20 days after ‘inspection’ by Sinhala monk in Batticaloa
23.07.20 22:46   Photo
University students mark Black July Remembrance in Jaffna, Vavuniyaa and Batticaloa
22.07.20 23:38   Photo
Sinhala ‘Army & Archaeology’ target 600 sites for heritage occupation in Batticaloa
21.07.20 23:30   Photo
Colombo's Archaeology Department, SL Police threaten chief priest of Chiththaa'ndi temple
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=1522