Saturday, June 28, 2014

SRI LANKA: Senior Buddhist forcibly circumcised

Ceylon Today (Sri Lanka)
June 22, 2014

Abductors forcibly circumcise Vijitha Thera

by Menaka Indrakumar
The abductors had circumcised Venerable Watareka Vijitha Thera, who is presently undergoing treatment at the Colombo National Hospital.
[Venerable Watareka Vijitha Thera, chief prelate of the Mahiyangana Mahaweli Aramya, is a moderate Buddhist who has spoken out against the extreme Buddhist group, the Bodu Bala Sena (BBS). He has previously complained to the Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) of death threats from the BBS after he spoke of Muslims as being a part and parcel of Sri Lanka. The HRCSL rejected his complaint.]

The lawyer of the Ven. VijithaThera confirmed to Ceylon Today, the Thera was forcibly circumcised on Thursday (19) by an unidentified group who kidnapped and assaulted him at Bandaragama, on Thursday morning. Attorney-at-Law Senaka Perera said, "Vijitha Thera was assaulted on Thursday.
He sustained severe injuries and had been forcibly circumcised. Vijitha Thera is still receiving treatment at the National Hospital and was transferred to a new ward, under security.

The Venerable Watareka VijithaThera was abducted on Thursday and was found by a passerby unconscious, tied, undressed and dumped under a bridge. Bandaragama Police had rushed him to the Panadura Hospital and he was later transferred to the National Hospital.

Times Online (Sri Lanka)
June 23, 2014

Ven. Watareka Vijitha Thera abduction claim false: Police

The complaint lodged by Venerable Watareka Vijitha Thero in which he claimed that he had been abducted and assaulted, according to the Police are false.

Police Media Spokesperson SSP Ajith Rohana speaking at a media briefing yesterday said ... that the injuries sustained by the monk on examinstion by the Chief Judicial Medical Officer of Colombo and two Assistant Judicial Medical Officers had revealed self inflicted injuries.

“They say that the injuries were caused using a keychain that the monk had with him. ... ” the police media spokesperson was quoted as saying.
[So he circumcised himself with a keychain?]

1 comment:

  1. Now that Parliamentary Elections are upon us, it would be good for us to remember all this. These stories emerged when the Rajapaaksa family did as they please with all persons found within the country - even with that British aid worker.

    It will take time and patience to investigate all this, but that must be done properly by the new government after September 2015. It is not so much to punish the perpetrators; but to ensure that such things never happen again.