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Colombo, April 13: Shakthika Sathkumara writer who was detained by police on April 1 has been remanded till April 23, on orders of magistrate. Sathkumara,aged 33 father of two was arrested on complaints by Buddhist extremist groups who claimed he had defamed Buddhism in a short story posted in his Facebook page.
Sathkumara’s arrest was condemned by the Socialist Equality Party (Sri Lanka) and the International Youth and Students for Social Equality. Sathkumara, who also writes poetry and other literary work, won the National Youth Services Council’s “Best Short Story” prize in 2010 and 2014 and was also awarded the Vayamba (North-western) Literature prize on two occasions.
The story contained indirect references to homosexuality within the Buddhist clergy, Following which Two Buddhist organisations in the Polgahawela had lodged complaint against him that his story, Ardha (Half) was derogatory and defamatory to Buddhism.
ICCPR Section 3 states: “No person shall propagate war or advocate national, racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence.” Under 291b of the Penal Code, “deliberately and maliciously outraging the religious feelings of any class” is a crime.