Malaka Silva’s mum has said that her son is being harassed by the cops and the courts because he is the son of a Minister in the present government. Clearly, the lady has a point.
The Sri Lankan judiciary, along with courts of other Newly Banana Republicised Nations, has a bias against gun-toting thug politicians. Especially ones that make thinly veiled death threats against their enemies on national TV.
Naturally, as a government starts abusing the fundamental rights of its citizens with impunity, the more likely it is that ministers in the executive will be persecuted by the judicial arm. Moreover, it is a commonly accepted fact that the temptation to send violent family members of even more violent politicans to jail is one which few judges can resist. After all, judges, as we all know, are masochists.
Today, while reading about Malaka Silva’s mum, I had an epiphany: Malaka Silva is human too. He feels joy, and pain, and he has an Ammi and Thaatthi just like the rest of us. Well, maybe not exactly like the rest of us (my dad has no Phd for instance), but you see my larger point: the boy gets hungry, he sleeps, eats, shits and urinates just like all of us. The media, which has been so unduly hard on him lately, is finally starting to see this human side of him.
Today, I heard the news that Malaka Silva has been released on bail for the relatively small sum of Rs.50,000. I am satisfied. It fits perfectly with the insignificant crimes of ilegally carrying a firearm, assault with an offensive weapon, grievous bodily harm, blatant breach and contempt of previously granted court orders. Furthermore, I find it heartening that a long suffering father of a thus persecuted son has the strength to take things into his own hands to go to the extent of threatening a lady magistrate’s octogenarian mother in the search of justice.
What else is a person seeking justice to do when the blatant bias of the Sri Lankan judiciary knows no bounds?