Child ordinations and child soldiers

Former Minister Mangala Samaraweera today slammed the practice of child ordinations as young Buddhist monks in Sri Lanka.

In a social media post, the former Minister equalled child ordinations to child soldiers as used by the LTTE and child brides of the Taliban.

“Young girls and boys ordained as bikkhus; as shocking and unacceptable as tiger child soldiers and taliban child brides. A scandalous violation of the rights of a child,” he tweeted.

Samaraweera posted an image on Facebook of a child being ordained as a Buddhist monk.

The former United National Party Parliamentarian has come under attack in the past over comments he made with regards to Buddhism and Buddhist monks. (Colombo Gazette)

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