Buddhist monk and villagers’ level false allegations against pastor

March 12, 2018 

The pastor, his wife, and their lawyer arrived at the Ingiriya Police Station at approximately 10 a.m., for an inquiry. The pastor had 03 false complaints lodged against him by 02 villagers and 01 Buddhist monk. The Officer-in-Charge (OIC), 01 Buddhist monk, and 02 villagers were also present at the inquiry. The monk and the villagers levelled false accusations against the pastor. The OIC referred to the 2008 Circular (presented by the monk) and told the pastor to register his place of worship. The pastor denied all allegations made against him and presented a letter received by the Ministry of Buddha Sasana under the Right to Information Act which stated that there was no such requirement for registration. The Buddhist monk then claimed that the pastor and his wife should not be allowed to enter the village and conduct religious worship activities. The pastor’s wife responded by reiterating their rights to religious freedom. The OIC concluded the inquiry by declaring that the pastor could continue his activities unhindered.