Desecration of Saiva temples in upcountry escalates
[TamilNet, Monday, 20 September 2010, 04:15 GMT]
The destruction and desecration of Saiva temples is reported to be on the increase in Kandy district. Since January this year
about twenty Saiva temples have been plundered, desecrated and
destroyed, Saiva community sources in the central province expressed serious concern.
Unidentified gangs of persons entered Saiva temples and stole money from
tills, jewelleries from statues and damaged statues of gods and
goddesses in these temples, according to complaints lodged with the
respective police stations in Kandy, Galaha, Gampola and Pusellawa.
Pusselawa alone eight Saiva temples were looted. Two Saiva temples in
Galaha town in Kandy district were looted by unidentified gangs.
In Galaha upper division two Amman temples were destroyed and statues
and other belongings of the temples stolen.
Saiva community organizations in the upcountry express serious
concern over the failure of the police in arresting the culprits
involved in the crime and the failure to ensure protection to Saiva
temples even after complaints to the police.