Ranjan Ramanayake yesterday lodged a complaint with the Mirihana Police against racist music producer Iraj Weeraratne claiming comments he made regarding crimes committed by a group of ‘robed individuals’ have been distorted by Iraj to make it sound as if Ranjan is defaming the entire Buddha Saasana and all Buddhist monks.
Ranjan’s comments last week incurred the wrath of some Buddhist monks and the Joint Opposition but his comments hardly come as a surprise when repeated reports have been published and aired by local media on arrests of Buddhist monks who have been found guilty of committing grave child sex abuse. Among arrested monks are those who have been found guilty of sexually abusing young boys and monks as well as young girls – in some cases the underage victims had been impregnated.
Ranjan’s complaint to the Police comes after his meeting with Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe on Wednesday, during which Ramanayake said he was strictly advised by the PM to refrain from stating the word ‘sagharathnaya’ when levelling such grave accusations.
He however claimed he stands by his statement and went on to further state he was told by former Chairman of National AIDS Control Programme – Dr. Nimal Edirisinghe that during his tenure, seven out of nine child monks who were subjected to grave sexual abuse were HIV positive.
Galagoda Atte Gnanasara however chooses to remain in complete denial of these crimes and even went so far as to condone such crimes earlier this week when he said Ranjan has no right to question what goes on behind closed doors of monasteries.
“What right does he have to go probe about what happens in sangha waasas?” he questioned and went on to warn the PM to make sure that he keeps his ‘dogs’ tied up.
Last week, partaking in an interview with a controversial Sri Lankan Youtuber, Ranjan levelled grave accusations including sexual abuse of children, against a certain segment of Buddhist monks, whom he described as ‘robed individuals’. He went on to state these robed individuals have not only abused children but also consume alcohol and smoke marjijuana right in the comfort of their monasteries. He added that it’s such abused child monks who go on to ‘call for blood’ while being clad in saffron robes and repeat the cycle of abuse.