Christian congregant assaulted by Buddhist monk

July 08, 2018 

At approximately 9.30 a.m., as the Sunday Services was about to begin, about 20-25 persons from the surrounding villages (including individuals belonging to kovil committees) and 04 Buddhist monks forcibly entered the place of worship. One of the Buddhist monks pushed the pastor aside, assaulted a congregant, and grabbed two bibles that were in the place of worship and took them away. They claimed that it was a Hindu village and that the pastor would not be allowed to enter the village and conduct a place of worship. (The place of worship is being conducted on property belonging to the Mahaweli Development Authority, which is not allowed without prior permission. However, this incident is recorded for the purposes of highlighting the assault, which is a criminal offence).