Rathnayaka, an online activist and convener of the Irreligious Community of Sri Lanka, was recently summoned by the Organised Crimes Prevention Police Division. A Buddhist monk had filed a complaint with the Criminal Investigation Department claiming that Rathnayaka had propagated fictitious ideas about Buddhism and Buddha. According to Rathnayaka, the monk based these accusations on Rathnayaka’s Facebook posts – stating that Buddhism originated from Jainism. The Buddhist monk claims that Rathnayaka should be arrested and face charges for malicious intention to outrage religious feelings and inciting hostility, with a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.
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