The UNP yesterday accused the government of trying to turn the country into a intimacy worker`s paradise by amending the law to lower the age of statutory rape thus encouraging permissive intimacy among teenagers over 13.
UNP Galle District MP Hemakumara Nanayakkara told a media briefing yesterday that the Cabinet had approved the proposal although the Attorney General`s Department has not made a decision to implement it. He said the SLFP candidate, Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse had to be responsible for it as a prominent member of the cabinet. He also accused the JVP and the JHU of being passive on lookers. ?JHU claims that they will safeguard the Buddhist values in this country but why are they keeping quiet about this crime? ? he queried.
Mr. Nanayakkara also accused the SLFP candidate of using violence against opponents in his campaign, demolishing Mr. Ranil Wickremesinghe`s cutouts in Colombo and abusing state property. According to Mr. Nanayakara, Mr. Rajapakse`s supporters had allegedly used a double cab bearing number GU 2518 belonging to the Road Development Authority to transport posters in Galle. Some of his supporters who were drunk had taken the vehicle and crashed against the wall of Sangamiththa Vidyalaya in Galle. ? This vehicle has been confiscated by the police and an SLFP provincial councillor has pressurised police to release it.? Mr. Nanayakara revealed.
UNP Kalutara District MP Dr. Rajitha Senaratne accused the JVP and the JHU of insulting King Parakramabahu. He referred to the recent posters that appeared with the picture of King Prakramabahu with Mr. Wickremesinghe`s head. Dr. Senaratne explained that the UNP was the only party that took the policies of King Parakaramabahu forward after 2000 years. ?It was the UNP which implemented the giant Mahaweli project, Lunugamvehera and Rantambe projects and developed the agricultural sector and therefore it is the UNP that can claim to be true followers of King Parakramabahu the great ? he added.