Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has stated that the Sri Lankan government can stop religious intolerance if it has a will. Police has sufficient powers to curb religious intolerance in the country and that there is no need to introduce new laws.
He made this observation responding to a question from journalists regarding the Prime Minister’s recent statement regarding the rise in hate crimes targeting the Muslim community.
He went on that if such laws need approval of the Parliament, they will allow it for the people as that is not an issue. But there are sufficient laws to resolve these problems. This needs to be stopped. I’m not talking about one side. Problems exist on both sides and the government must intervene.