Colombo, Sri Lanka – TPA leader Mano Ganesan has sparked a debate with his recent tweet, calling for equal treatment under the law for Buddhist monks who engage in hate speech.
Ganesan’s tweet, directed at President Ranil Wickramasinghe, Opposition Leader Sajith Premadasa, and NPP Leader Anura Kumara Dissanayake, expressed his concern over the selective application of the law and demanded that religious dignitaries and activists no longer enjoy impunity for their actions.
The tweet specifically mentioned two individuals, Pastor Jerome Fernando and self-styled Free Thinker Nathasha Edrisooriya, whose alleged speeches are currently under investigation by the law and order agency.
Ganesan acknowledged the importance of the ongoing investigation and emphasized that it should be left to the judiciary for resolution.
However, Ganesan urged the law and order machinery and the judiciary to adopt a similar approach when dealing with Buddhist monks who promote hate speech against Hindu, Islamic, and Catholic religions.
He called for an end to the one-sided application of the law and emphasized that no religious figure or activist should be exempt from the consequences of their “bad behaviors.”