OIC unlawfully demands an end to religious worship activities

February 23, 2019 

At around 11 a.m., the pastor, her husband, and another congregant arrived at the Meegalewa Police Station for an inquiry regarding the complaint filed by the Buddhist monks. 02 monks and around 10 villagers were also present at the inquiry; however, around 300 individuals had gathered outside the police station. The monks demanded the pastor stop conducting her worship services and only engage in worship observances in private. The villagers reiterated this demand. The Officer-in Charge (OIC) told the pastor to comply with the demands of the monks and claimed the police wouldn’t provide her with further protection. The OIC then attempted to settle the matter between the parties; however, the pastor insisted the matter be referred to the courts. (case number 22587).

The Christian who was assaulted filed a separate complaint. She was admitted to the Meegalewa Hospital and then transferred to the Teaching Hospital in Anuradhapura for 02 days. A case was filed on her behalf at the Galgamuwa Magistrates Court, numbered B 211.