Sri Lanka Christians Criticize The Creation Of A "Religious Police," by Melani Manel Perera, Asia News
"The government of Sri Lanka has set up a "religious police" in response to the increasing religious intolerance against minorities by some Buddhist extremist groups. President Mahinda Rajapaksa last week announced it. The unit's agents will answer to the Ministry of Religious Affairs and Buddha Sasana. However, representatives of Sri Lanka's Christian clergy told AsiaNews that the government's decision to set up a new police unit to investigate and solve religious disputes is "useless" and "misleading".
"In the past year, Sri Lanka's Muslim and Christian communities have been targeted by some radical organisations, like the Bodu Bala Sena and the Sinhala Ravaya, who act as self-styled vigilante groups for the country's Buddhist Sinhalese majority."