Sri Lanka buried Priyantha Kumara with state honors in her native village

Buddhist priests performed religious rites at his home before police took out a procession with his burnt remains to the cemetery.

The body of a Sri Lankan factory manager who was tortured and set on fire He was buried with state honors in his native village on Wednesday for alleged blasphemy by a mob in Sialkot last week.

Buddhist priests performed religious rites at Priyanta Kumara’s home before leading the police procession, in which family and friends carried the coffin with its burnt remains to the graveyard.

The street was decorated with mourning banners and white flags symbolizing mourning.

Family members of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot for alleged blasphemy, attend religious rites during her burial on December 8, 2021 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. – AP

Kumara was attacked by a mob of hundreds and dragged on the road and set ablaze last Friday in Sialkot, where she helped run a sports equipment factory. The factory workers accused him of desecrating the posters bearing the name of the Holy Prophet (peace be upon him).

The wife of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot last Friday, prays with children and family members during her funeral at the cemetery in Ganamulla, Sri Lanka on December 8, 2021. – Reuters

The victim’s brother, Arunsiri Vasant Kumara Diyavadana, who also works as a technical director in a garment factory in Pakistan, said that factories should have a safe environment.

“It was not happening in this particular case,” he said.

He called for reforms in management practices so that any disputes can be resolved before it is too late.

He added that the two governments “must determine the real root cause, whether it is a religious matter or an industrial dispute, and accordingly they must find a solution”.

Family members of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyanta Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot for alleged blasphemy, carry his coffin to a cemetery during his burial in Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 8, 2021. – AP

In Pakistan, mere allegations of blasphemy can trigger mob attacks. The country’s blasphemy law carries a possible death penalty.

Police have arrested dozens of people in connection with the violence and Prime Minister Imran Khan promised severe punishment For those found guilty.

Family members of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot last Friday, carry her coffin during the funeral at the cemetery in Ganmulla, Sri Lanka, on December 8, 2021. – Reuters
The mother of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot last Friday, reacts in front of her coffin during the funeral in Ganmulla, Sri Lanka on December 8, 2021. – Reuters
Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara’s son Gavith, who was beaten to death by a mob in Sialkot for alleged blasphemy, holds a portrait of his father on the coffin during his burial on December 8, 2021 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. – AP
The wife of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot last Friday, cries in front of her coffin during the funeral at the cemetery in Ganmulla, Sri Lanka, on December 8, 2021. Reuters
Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara’s wife, Nilushi, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot last Friday, reacts in front of her coffin during the funeral at the cemetery in Ganamulla, Sri Lanka on December 8, 2021. – Reuters
Family members of Sri Lankan factory manager Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot for alleged blasphemy, gather around the grave during her burial on December 8, 2021 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. – AP

Header Image: The wife of Sri Lankan national Priyantha Kumara, who was lynched by a mob in Sialkot last Friday, sits with her children at the funeral in Ganamulla, Sri Lanka on December 8, 2021. – Reuters