There is nothing wrong in The Hindu publishing the photographs of Balachandran Prabakaran (Feb.19) before and after his killing. They show his innocence in believing his murderers while the brutal nature of his killers has been exposed. The Hindu has always stood for human rights irrespective of the background of the person.
While the world may fault LTTE chief Vellupillai Prabakaran for his Pol-Potist streak, why fault his son? He was just 12. The pictures were disturbing. It is difficult to imagine the pain and suffering he must have undergone. Callum Macrae’s article only gave us an idea of this. Killing a child is an act of cowardice.
It is a different matter that the Sri Lankan government has denied knowledge of this (“Sri Lankan media ignores Indian reaction, Feb. 21).
T. Anand Raj,
The pictures are shocking, completely negating the argument of the Sri Lankan government that it has no knowledge of Balachandran’s death. One was amused to read the line in the report (Feb. 21), where Brig. Wanigasooriya has said: “Interestingly, these come up as we near [a] UNHRC meeting and [the charges] die down thereafter. No substantive evidence has been presented to us to launch an investigation.” What more does he want?
Parvathy Madhavi S.,
I want to cry in reaction to this anti-human attitude. Are we animals? India must react. It is difficult to dismiss these as doctored pictures especially when there is expert analysis from the West vouching for their authenticity.
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