New laws are introduced to suppress extremist religions

Minister of Buddhasasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs Vidura Wickramanayake said that the government is working to enact new laws to prevent distortion of basic religious teachings by certain individuals causing social unrest.

The minister made these comments while replying to a query regarding the controversial preacher whose sermon inspired several of his followers to commit suicide. Wickramanayake said that the cabinet appointed a committee to look into such religious beliefs led by various individuals.

“We want to create an environment where everyone can practice their religion within the legal framework of the country,” he added.

Commenting on this, Ministry Secretary Somaratne Vidanapathirana said,
The related report is to be submitted as soon as possible. He said that they are planning to prepare the legal framework based on that report.