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‘Clothes, not an excuse to harass women’

Former cricket captains Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardena say women too, just like men, have the freedom to wear the clothes to their liking.

Their clothes and behaviour are no excuses to sexually harass
women, they stress.

The two were speaking at a programme at the Education Ministry, held in collaboration with the European Union in Sri Lanka, for more than 100 schoolchildren on ending harassment of girls and women.

Responding to a question raised by a participant, Sangakkara said a man should be able to discipline his mind even if he saw a woman walking down the street without any clothes on.

Malinga colours hair, wears earring, but is not a thug

Jayawardena joined in, saying it was improper to judge a person with his clothes or his appearance.

Giving an example, he said cricketer Lasith Malinga was not a thug, but well educated and knowledgeable, although he has coloured his hair and wore an earring.

He noted that Sri Lanka did not have enough of mixed schools, adding that boys were not able to gain an understanding of girls when they didn’t have sisters in the family.