Deputy Minister Meryvn Silva who is in the centre of controversy, yesterday said youngsters who did not behave like his son, should be shown to a doctor.
Speaking in Parliament during an adjournment debate on the crime situation, Mr. Silva said the IGP had enough `spine` to take action against clubs and karaoke bars.
?If someone says that my son is the only one to behave like that in the world, I would hang him in the Galle face. But it is not so. So many youth behave like that. It is natural for them to make such mistakes at this age. If a youngster of his age does not behave like that, that boy should be shown to a doctor,? he said. However, JVP frontliner Anura Kumara Dissanayake countered the Deputy Minister`s statement saying such behaviour originated due to bad examples set by the father.
?The Deputy Minister says it is normal for youngsters to beat up police officers on duty. But the sad realty is it is not normal for youngsters of the common folk to beat up policemen. It is `normal` only for a select few,? Mr. Dissanayake said.
In response Deputy Minister Silva said people who did not have children would not understand about a child`s `normal behaviour` while the JVPer quipped saying `God bless the child`.
Public security Deputy Minister Jayaratne Herath said the crime rate in the country had dropped by 12 percent in the first quarter of this year while 22 underworld figures had been killed during clashes with police.
The UPFA and JVP charged that UNP MP John Amaratnuga had no right to speak about the underworld and the crime rate, but the former Interior Minister rejected the allegations.