Friday, 26th February 2021

Shakthika Sathkumara novelist arrested over gay plot line about Buddhists monks

British Asia News Network- AD

Polgahawela, April 3: Novelist Shakthika Sathkumara was detained for writing about homosexuality in the Buddhist clergy and has been charged with violating international human rights law. This action by Government has outraged free speech advocates.

He was arrested from north-central town of Polgahawela and has been remanded 9 days. The monks had lodged written complaint about his publication.

“A group of monks complained that the reference to homosexual activities among the clergy insulted Buddhism,” Homosexuality is illegal in Sri Lanka from colonial era but this law is rarely enforced. Buddhist monks are expected to be celibate.

The article was published on Sathkumara’s Facebook page and in local Sinhalese language publications. Sri Lanka has Buddhist majority. The monks have refused to settle matter out of court and insisted on Shakthika Sathkumara’s proscetution. He was produced before local magistrate and remanded for 9 days.

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