Sri Lanka batter Danushka Gunathilaka has been denied bail after the rape charges were levied on him. It all started after he got arrested for the said crime on November 6, a day after his side played their last game of the ongoing 20-20 World Cup 2022. The 2014 winners left Australia for their nation while Danushka was arrested by the New South Wales Police.
After this, the left-hander has been suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The SLC issued a statement saying that they will take necessary steps to carry out an inquiry into the alleged offense. It added that the organization has a Zero Tolerance policy for misconduct such as this.
“Furthermore, Sri Lanka Cricket will take the necessary steps to promptly carry out an inquiry into the alleged offense, and, upon conclusion of the aforementioned court case in Australia, steps will be taken to penalize the said player if found guilty,” stated the cricket board in an official media release.
“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to emphasize that it adopts a “zero tolerance” policy for any such conduct by a player and will provide all the required support to the Australian law enforcement authorities to carry out an impartial inquiry into the incident,” it added.
The alleged crime happened three days before being reported: New South Wales police
For the unversed, the New South Wales (NSW) police said that the alleged crime happened on November 2. According to them, the victim came forward three days after the incident and reported it.
“The woman met with the man after communicating with him for a number of days via an online dating application; it’s alleged he then sexually assaulted her on the evening of Wednesday 2 November 2022. As part of ongoing investigations, a crime scene examination was undertaken by specialist police at an address in Rose Bay yesterday,” the New South Wales police said in a statement.
Currently, the 31-year-old has been moved to Silverwater prison in Sydney. Meanwhile, netizens have had mixed reactions to the issue so far.
This is how Twitter reacted
DANUSHKA TO BE MOVED TO PRISON
Danushka Gunathilaka is being moved to Sydney's Silverwater Prison, after being refused bail on Sexual Assault charges.
— Dasuni Athauda (@AthaudaDasuni) November 7, 2022
Let’s see what we have an international cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka meets wealthy 29-year-old Woman on Tinder senior police officer said she did everything possible to be secure yet invited him back to her luxury home and he raped four times, am I missing something. pic.twitter.com/hdNvprwvYh
— hello possums…!! (@RobertCawood2) November 6, 2022
Hey Australia, it is entirely possible to condemn the actions of alleged rapist and Sri Lankan cricketer Danushka Gunathilaka (who is accused of four counts of rape while on tour here for the men's T20 World Cup) without resorting to racism against brown men.
— Tarang / तरंग (@tarang_chawla) November 7, 2022
Was this the same committee that let him stay on in Australia so he can have "fun" despite being injured?
How about an explanation as to why @OfficialSLC let him stay in Australia?
Why the special treatment just for Danushka Gunathilaka?#LKA #SriLanka pic.twitter.com/DTlZMgwPmL
— Munza Mushtaq (@munza14) November 7, 2022
— Marlon Ariyasinghe (@exfrotezter) November 7, 2022
Reading the quote tweets, I’ve learnt that Danushka Gunathilaka has had multiple rape accusations in the past, and YET, Sri Lanka Cricket hadn’t removed him from the team?! As always, zero surprise that rape is taken very lightly in this country/this team. Absolutely sickening. https://t.co/rD2hj8oJBR
— Sarah Kellapatha (@saararrr) November 6, 2022
Danushka Gunathilaka's case: Nobody knows the identity of the (alleged) victim. The media should refrain from identifying victims of sexual offenses. Sri Lankan media could learn a thing or two (from Australian media).
— Aingkaran Kugathasan (@AingkaranK) November 7, 2022
— Political Cartoons of Sri Lanka (@cartoonlka) November 7, 2022
Danushka Gunathilaka should be permanently banned from playing cricket!!!
— Rajindh Gooneratne (@rajindh_guna) November 6, 2022
Despite being ruled out of the tournament due to a hamstring tear by 19 Oct, and being replaced by Ashen Bandara, Danushka Gunathilaka remained in Sydney with the rest of the team instead of returning to SL. Is anyone at the @OfficialSLC giving him special treatment? #SriLanka pic.twitter.com/fqxbjPFc7n
— ARUNI (@aruni_t) November 6, 2022