Some prominent women intellectuals have strongly condemned the suicide bomb attack by a pregnant woman on Tuesday, April 25 aimed at the Army Chief Lt. Gen. Sarath Fonseka.
The comments made by them to the Daily News`
Dr. Hiranthi Wijeymanna Executive Director of South Asian Women`s Fund and Former Chairperson of National Child Protection Authority, said:
`This incident has violated all humanitarian principles. This is a crime against humanity specially women and children. I might be emotional, but this is the truth. Women and children are being totally abused by this kind of activities`. She pointed out that it was not the first time a woman was used as a suicide bomber in Sri Lanka.
`But this is the first time that a pregnant woman was used for the purpose of killing another`.
How can anyone, by any means justify a pregnant woman and the innocent life within her being used to commit such a heinous crime?` she asked.
The perpetrators in this case, the LTTE-has committed a terrible crime not only against those who were injured and killed by the brutal attack, but also against the unborn child and a mother to be, by making her carry out such an action, she said. `These are issues that the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission and the International Community should take into consideration, and take immediate action to prevent`, Dr. Jayamanne added.
Maheshwari Velautham (Secretary of Forum for Human Dignity, Advisor to Social Welfare Minister Douglas Devananda). `Suicide is condemned and prohibited by law as well as by religion. Taking one`s life for any purpose could not be acceptable.
You will be charged by law if you attempt suicide and survive, and your spirit will suffer if you kill yourself. And so, taking the life of an innocent unborn to achieve a so called liberation could be the worst thing in the whole world`, she said. `We are even against sentencing the most horrible criminals to death. And this kind of murder of a foetus in the womb is something barbaric`, Velutham added.
Dr. Usha Gunawardhana (Consultant Psychiatrist) Though our general belief is that a pregnant mother would develop a strong bond of love with the life growing within her, this is not always so, she said.
The bond can be positive or negative depending on how much the mother and baby would be accepted by the society. In cases as such she conceives for a mere purpose.
According to Dr. Gunawardhana, girls in their early twenties who are very impressionable could easily be convinced to follow the orders of their leaders without objection and thereby be utilised to carry out any kind of violent act without questioning.