There is no advantage in deliberately causing people to lose face. Allow a little more time for checking out of hotels, ordering food, travelling, paying bills, enjoying yourself.... CAMERAS: Please do ask permission before taking photographs of people and respect their wishes if they refuse.
Minority groups, in particular, are often unhappy to have their photo taken.
In a three-year offensive of increasing sophistication, the Sri Lankan Army had outmaneuvered one of the world’s most ruthless insurgent armies. The Tigers were persistent suicide bombers, as well as relentless guerrilla fighters, and the war took at least a hundred thousand lives in Sri Lanka.
The battlefield defeat ended a vicious conflict that for twenty-six years had divided Sri Lanka along ethnic lines, as the country’s Tamils, a mostly Hindu minority, fought for the creation of a separate state against the ruling majority of Sinhalese Buddhists. In many respects—its entrenched religious and ethnic conflicts, its festering guerrilla warfare and suicide bombings, its seamless interchange between civilians and combatants—the war prefigured any number of later conflicts.
Groundviews published a great piece earlier this year which actually maps street harassment, with markers and stories detailing encounters of everyday women, while #Street Harassment Hurts also ran a pretty interesting campaign a couple of years ago, detailing the stories of many Colombo women.
To the extent that a counter-insurgency campaign can be successful, Sri Lanka is a grisly test case for success in modern warfare.The Tigers’ collapse began in January, 2009, when they lost the town of Kilinochchi, their de-facto capital.For an organization that had controlled much of northern and eastern Sri Lanka for nearly a decade, it was a devastating reversal.Tripadvisor reviews, word of mouth, guidebooks, it all adds up.If Sri Lanka wants to create/ maintain a reputation for being women-friendly, irritating or molesting foreigners isn't the way to go about it. Many women are made to feel angry, scared, or attacked before they even get to work or school. The decades of verbal abuse, stalking, and fear means the average woman on the street will probably ignore you and hastily move on.