Rimsha too, like Sharmila, has been forced into exile in a foreign land because of death threats.
Otherwise, the Taliban disease may expand here too and give rise to a plague of self-styled and scheming pseudo imams who victimise innocent citizen under the guise of protecting Islam.
We do not want such loathsome instances, as has happened in Pakistan, where a young girl, Rimsha Masih, was arrested for allegedly desecrating pages of the Quran, a charge punishable by death in that country, and subsequently the man who had brought about the charge, imam, Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Chishti, being arrested for desecrating the Quran himself and planting the pages in Rimsha’s bag.
(Of course, we would all say we were only being curious.) Belief hurdles Religious barricades must be overcome if Sri Lanka is to decriminalize the sex industry.
The paradox is the uncertainty of whether the country is a secular state, where there is distance between organised religion and the nation state, or a theocratic one, like Iran, where all important decisions must have clerical approval.
These and other areas of dangerous and violent criminality bear little comparison with someone providing sexual services, at most a benign trade.