A visit to Bogambara Prison


Hello Steemians! I hope you are keeping well. This might be an old story to you. However Last week I heard of a protest by inmates of Bogambara prison demanding PCR tests. Accidentally I found this set of Photographs of Bogambara Prison which is one of the oldest buildings in Kandy those were taken by me in a visit to the prison and I thought of sharing those with you.

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This visit was happened in 2014 when I was an undergraduate in University of Peradeniya. The Bogambara Prison was closed on the purpose of the government to make the prison site as a Cultural Tourism Centre. The prisoners were transferred into another prison situated in Pallekele and the Bogambara Prison was open to public for few days. I was interested to visit because I wanted to have a look inside every time I pass by those high walls of the Prison and I was learning Human rights including prisoners’ Rights in the university.

As I heard in those days, the prison in Pallekele was crowded after the inmates were transferred. Some prisoners had transferred again to the old Bogambara Prison in Covid- 19 concerns. Those inmates were requiring PCR tests or to release them on bail. However I’m not going to share about Prisoners’ Rights here. I hope to discuss it later as it needs time and concentration. Here I’m going to share with you what I saw there which gave me a lot to think about.

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මල්ලියෙ නරක මිතුරන් පිළිගන්ට එපා
නංගියෙ නොහොබිනාකම් හුරුවෙන්ට එපා
බෝගම්බර සිපිරි ගෙදරට එන්ට එපා
හතුරෙකුටවත් මටවන් දුක වෙන්ට එපා

දළදා මැදුරෙ තේවා හඬ රැව් දෙනවා
කල පව් මතක් වී දෑසම තෙත් වෙනවා
සියක් වාරයක් මැරි මැරි උපදිනවා
තිබහට වතුර වෙනුවට කඳුලැලි බොනවා

ලැබුවේ අවවාද නොහොබින ආරකය
දුදනන් නිසා විය හෙනහුරු මාරකය
මං පෙර ගියේ වරදින් පිරි පාරකය
ඒ ගිය මගේ අවසානය පෝරකය

when I hear this song I always feel that Mr. Sunil Ariyaratne has written, Mr. Rohana Weerasinghe has composed Music and Mr. Sunil Edirisinghe has sung the prisoners' heart. Thank you for reading!


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29.05.2021 05:24
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Thank you!

29.05.2021 05:26
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Prisoners are also Humans.......There is no even minimum facility in all prisons in Sri-Lanka and things should be changed as we all are in the twenty -first century.

It is better to arrange such visits for teenagers before they enter the community. then, they won't take any risk of coming to this miserable place at any cost.

29.05.2021 08:23
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Well said!

29.05.2021 08:43
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29.05.2021 09:46
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Thank you for the support!

29.05.2021 10:40
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Not all prisoners are criminals.

29.05.2021 14:05
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Of course.
All criminals are not in the prison too.

29.05.2021 14:13
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Yes you are right

29.05.2021 15:48
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These photos made me really sad. What they have written on walls must be their personal experiences and they also have their own reasons and stories. I'm fully agree with "සල්ලිත් නෑ, සනීපත් නෑ" quote.

No matter how many friens we have right now, at the end we only have ourselves.

29.05.2021 17:01
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Yes, It is better if the prisoners are reformed rather than just punishing.

29.05.2021 17:17
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Those are some rare pictures to be seen.. Thank you for sharing. The prisoners seems to have better literature sense. Really sad to read some.

29.05.2021 23:44
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There are seeds of good and evil in all of us! They too.

30.05.2021 05:15
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