Letter to the Editor – Is this a curse?
Posted on October 28th, 2010

By Dr. Mrs. Mareena Thaha Reffai

Looking at the picture of a baby Bengal cub being fed by the zoo officials as the mother has refused to feed her, one cannot help wonder whether this is becoming the curse of our blessed land. First the mothers started dumping their little ones and then they started murdering and leaving at all sorts of odd places like toilet pits and garbage bins and now even the tigers are abandoning their little ones.

Are we loosing the little mercies we have taken for granted? Though this is said in lighter veins, the increasing number of  abandoned  infants should raise fears among us that all is not well as it seems. Either unwanted pregnancies are on the rise or the parents are finding it more and more difficult to look after their little ones, who should be the bundle of joys not bundles of burdens.

There are so many couples who want to have children but cannot, and there are so many who give birth to unwanted babies. And babies who are left parentless. The process of changing hands, giving these unfortunate little ones and chance to survive,  is so red taped it is next to impossible to get the child into a home in due time.

May be a little closer look onto this matter is warranted now

6 Responses to “Letter to the Editor – Is this a curse?”

  1. Nanda Says:

    Is there any Muslim mother (except her own mother) to save young Rizana Nafeek from execution in the barbaric muslim country called Saudi Arabia?
    Shame on you Mareena – talk about a human being who is going to be killed by a bunch of barbaric, uncivilized , shameless musilm prophets.

  2. Nihal Fernando Says:

    I totally agree with Nanda.

    Female cats not only neglect their cubs but eat them within a few hours after they are born, also. Why worry about this animal behavior? The need of the hour is to rescue poor, little, innocent Razina Nafeek from the blade in Saudi Arabia.

    Not only Muslims, we all Sri Lankans are with this girl. Dear Almighty, with humble submission and profound respect we appeal to You to spare her life and her safe return to Sri Lanka!

  3. Fran Diaz Says:

    We would like to know how many infants are abandoned every year in Lanka in the manner stated by Dr Raffai. Also, abandoning children is nothing new in the west either.

    Re the Tiger cub, we are sorry to hear of its demise, but zoo animals die all the time, all over the world, however much care is given to them, as they do in the wilds too. It is interesting to note an item of news recently that Mammals in general are dying out faster than other species. Human beings & the rare Bengal Tigers belong to the category of Mammals. Is it that they are more delicate than most species on earth ? The increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere & general pollution of air & water, makes Mammals more vulnerable, and unable to adapt to changing environmental conditions. In the case of mankind, war for wealth, power, race & religion or some such unreasonable reason, makes us doubly vulnerable.

    Yes, it is time for us to do Family Planning in Lanka, since this island is only 25,000 sq.miles in area, and can contain only so many people. It is time also to perhaps ban such crazy items as Viagra being brought into the island, as we now hear of child abuse among some families. We were shocked to learn that one of the companies wanting to enter Lanka is the producer of Viagra.

    Almost all ‘cursed’ events are man made and can be undone. 500 yrs of Colonial Rule has brought in new thinking into Lanka, some good, some not so. Take charge now, Lankans, and make Lanka beautiful once more.

    We await the day that there are ‘Virtual Zoos” all over the world, where beautiful zoos are created through films and the visitor walks among the figures of animals that move around !! No Bengal tiger cubs would die in those zoos.

  4. Fran Diaz Says:

    Thanks to Dr Raffai for pointing out these facts.

    We would like to know how many infants are abandoned every year in Lanka in the manner stated by Dr Raffai. Also, abandoning children is nothing new in the west either.

    Re the Tiger cub, we are sorry to hear of its demise, but zoo animals die all the time, all over the world, however much care is given to them, as they do in the wilds too. It is interesting to note an item of news recently that Mammals in general are dying out faster than other species. Human beings & the rare Bengal Tigers belong to the category of Mammals. Is it that they are more delicate than most species on earth ? The increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere & general pollution of air & water, makes Mammals more vulnerable, and unable to adapt to changing environmental conditions. In the case of mankind, war for wealth, power, race & religion or some such unreasonable reason, makes us doubly vulnerable.

    Yes, it is time for us to do Family Planning in Lanka, since this island is only 25,000 sq.miles in area, and can contain only so many people. It is time also to perhaps ban such crazy items as Viagra being brought into the island, as we now hear of child abuse among some families. We were shocked to learn that one of the companies wanting to enter Lanka is the producer of Viagra.

    Almost all ‘cursed’ events are man made and can be undone. 500 yrs of Colonial Rule has brought in new thinking into Lanka, some good, some not so. Take charge now, Lankans, and make Lanka beautiful once more.

    We await the day that there are ‘Virtual Zoos” all over the world, where beautiful zoos are created through films and the visitor walks among the figures of animals that move around !! No Bengal tiger cubs would die in those zoos.

  5. Fran Diaz Says:

    Thanks to Dr Raffai for bringing the above facts to our notice.

    We would like to know how many infants are abandoned every year in Lanka in the manner stated by Dr Raffai. Also, abandoning children is nothing new in the west either.

    Re the Tiger cub, we are sorry to hear of its demise, but zoo animals die all the time, all over the world, however much care is given to them, as they do in the wilds too. It is interesting to note an item of news recently that Mammals in general are dying out faster than other species. Human beings & the rare Bengal Tigers belong to the category of Mammals. Is it that they are more delicate than most species on earth ? The increase of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere & general pollution of air & water, makes Mammals more vulnerable, and unable to adapt to changing environmental conditions. In the case of mankind, war for wealth, power, race & religion or some such unreasonable reason, makes us doubly vulnerable.

    Yes, it is time for us to do Family Planning in Lanka, since this island is only 25,000 sq.miles in area, and can contain only so many people. It is time also to perhaps ban such crazy items as Viagra being brought into the island, as we now hear of child abuse among some families. We were shocked to learn that one of the companies wanting to enter Lanka is the producer of Viagra.

    Almost all ‘cursed’ events are man made and can be undone. 500 yrs of Colonial Rule has brought in new thinking into Lanka, some good, some not so. Take charge now, Lankans, and make Lanka beautiful once more.

  6. Nanda Says:

    Nihal,
    This woman writer is probably a man in disguise. Her husband is allowed to use 6 wives and make any number of babies. AllAH ALLOWS THAT.
    Woman supposed to look after the babies they inject. What a hypocratic religion ?

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