SL is one Nation with two laws – Eran

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 22 2020

Sri Lanka is one Nation with two laws, said Samagi Jana Balawegaya (SJB) Parliamentarian Eran Wickramaratne, on 20 October.

Speaking at the Parliamentary debate on the Export Development Board’s Gazette on Cess, he said the ‘one Nation two laws’ concept was further strengthened when one examines the behaviour of the authorities in respect of their reaction to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic besetting Sri Lanka.

Wickramaratne based his speech on the second wave of COVID-19, revolving round the first COVID-19 patient from Minuwangoda. He said when the Divulapitiya Police addressed the patient in question in a disparaging manner, she had asked the Police as to whether they were addressing her in such a disparaging manner because her husband was a three-wheeler driver.

He further said the behaviour of the Police who went to quarantine those employees serving in the Free Trade Zone at night, was akin to the behaviour manifested by the Police when trying to apprehend criminals.

“Are these citizens afflicted or suspected of being afflicted by COVID-19, second class citizens,” queried Wickramaratne.

Most of the women serving in the garment industry live in boarding houses, he said. They have said they have no recourse to medical facilities, nor are their boarding houses inspected by public health inspectors, he said. “The problem here is that there is a vast class chasm,” he said.

“COVID-19 is a disease, it’s not a crime. The way doctors speak to such patients and the way the Police and the Army addresses such patients, show two different approaches,” he further said.

(PA)

CEYLON TODAY | Published: 2:00 AM Oct 22 2020

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