Now, however, Withanage cites a different reason. “The Sinhala population is decreasing. One reason is because people are going for LRTs and abortions, but another is because women are being sent to the Middle East.”. He went on to add that even globalization and the educational system were to blame as Sinhala women were having children later in life.
However, he said, the Bodu Bala Sena did not really wish to ban workers from the Middle East, but were hoping to discourage low end jobs which “resembled slavery.” Withanage added that many social issues emerged due to women traveling to the Middle East; cases of rape, for instance, and children being neglected. The women themselves were often sexually abused too, and deserved to live with dignity and find jobs within the country.