Published On: Thu, Jun 15th, 2017

Sri Lankan police launch investigation into ‘hate crimes’ amidst growing racial and religious tensions

 The Sri Lankan police have launched an immediate investigation into nearly sixteen cases related to some sort of hate crimes in an effort to prevent the country, which suffered a brutal and disastrous civil war, from going back to the old, dark, days. It is learned that a hardline rightist organisation, named the ‘Bodu Bala Sena’, is viciously creating some sort of religious tension in the regions where the minority communities, particularly the Muslim community, are living. In connection with the case, an adherent communal leader, belonging to the Bodu Bala Sena, has been booked by the police officials. Moreover, the government has announced its willingness to launch a strong law in order to contain the growing religious intolerance in the society. The Sri Lankan Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, in his statement, has used strong words against the activities of some fundamentalist groups. The Bodu Bala Sena is also called the Buddhist Power Force. Just like what the name clearly showcases, it is a group of Buddhist fundamentalists. In the recent past, nearly twenty incidences of religious violence have been reported in the Muslim-dominated regions. Observers believe these incidences are deliberately perpetrated to destabilise the religious harmony of the country by some anti-social organisations or sections, who aim to gain some kind of political gain in the region. It is the high time for the political executives to find a feasible strategy to eliminate this evil from the society.

Vignesh

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Sri Lankan police launch investigation into ‘hate crimes’ amidst growing racial and religious tensions