Government Official unlawfully demands pastor to register his place of worship

December 09, 2017 

At approximately 2:30 p.m., the village officer of the Dalpitiya Grama Niladhari Division and a member of the local peace committee arrived at the place of worship and began questioning the pastor regarding his religious worship activities. The village officer questioned the pastor regarding the registration of his place of worship with the area Divisional Secretariat and stated that he will need to obtain prior approval from the Ministry of Buddha Sasana in order to continue his worship activities. He further demanded the pastor stop his religious worship activities until he obtains said approval. They also asked to see any legal documentation pertaining to the church and stated that a number of villagers were against the pastor’s religious worship activities.