JHU not in favour of Special Police Unit

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Showing its displeasure over the setting up a special police unit under the Religious Affairs Ministry to inquire into complaints on religious matters, the Jathika Hela Urumaya (JHU) said today the move would result in unnecessary consequences in the country.

It states that if there was a need to create a mechanism to inquire into complaints on religious matters, it should have been done through the parliament in a much more appropriate manner.

“Such impulsive moves cannot be trusted. This may ultimately lead to having several separate religious police units in the country and many other negative consequences,” JHU General Secretary and Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka told a news conference today.

He said a move by the JHU to submit a Bill connected to religious affairs in parliament was turned down. “We were discouraged by some MPs when we wanted to submit a Bill outlining a proper mechanism to address issues pertaining to religious affairs including unethical religious conversions,” he said.  

The minister said all laws should apply to all religious groups equally and not only on Buddhist monks. “The laws should apply not only to the Bodu Bala Sena or the Sihala Ravaya but even on groups like the Tauheed Jamaat and Mannar Bishop Rayappu Joseph,” he said. (LSP)
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  • nanda Monday, 28 April 2014 02:08 PM

    Mr.Patali Champika, We All Know Your Good Dramatic Actor

    pobs Tuesday, 29 April 2014 01:11 AM

    Finally someone in Sri Lankan politics speaking rationally.

    Fayad Monday, 28 April 2014 10:15 AM

    About the new police unit.BBS is Happy, JHU not happy Sihala Ravaya ?????

    xxx Monday, 28 April 2014 04:03 PM

    Yes Yes No No via DM Android App

    lkboy Monday, 28 April 2014 10:46 AM

    well said. logical.

    Sunil P. Monday, 28 April 2014 03:35 PM

    Sri Lanka fastly heading towards Federal states run government.

    V Monday, 28 April 2014 04:22 PM

    Haha... If I'm right, I read this on another article in daily mirror where a commentor said that SL will probably end up like Saudi with religious police. I guess it's turning to be that. via DM Android App

    Asifm5 Monday, 28 April 2014 04:34 PM

    I think the JHU should resign en masse to register their protest and honour.

    prem Tuesday, 29 April 2014 04:03 AM

    Gentle politician no corrupt no deal .

    Woodman Tuesday, 29 April 2014 09:34 AM

    Patali (pata lee). Colour Wood. He changes colours like a chameleon to suit the environment. No wonder he has survived so long. via DM iPad app

    Perumal Tuesday, 29 April 2014 05:22 AM

    Religious Affairs Police, Agricultural affairs Police, Fisheries affairs Police, Communal affairs Police, Political affairs Police etc etc. you can go no end.

    Cobra Monday, 28 April 2014 01:22 PM

    Why should they not be happy, wasn't it a part of their duty in the first place?


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