Muslim extremists threaten Buddhist school

(November 08, Colombo, Sri Lanka Guardian) Extremist Muslim politicians are trying to disrupt the ethnic harmony in the Srimath Baron Jaytilleke Vidyalaya, Colombo 10 by demanding that Muslim girls attending this predominantly Buddhist school be allowed to wear Muslim attire. This is despite the fact that children from other communities are obeying the school's accepted dress code in accordance with the school's Buddhist identity.

This mixed school was founded by the leading Sinhala Buddhist and National Leader Sir Baron Jayatilleke. Students in this school belong to Sinhala, Tamil, Burgher and Muslim families in and around Maligawatte and Maradana.

As a result of the extremist Muslims' demand tension is building up in the area. These opportunists are reportedly backed by Muslim underworld gangs in Maligawatte.

Buddhists now fear that the next step would be that these thugs and their political benefactors demanding that permission be given to Muslim boys wear their traditional cap, permit them to attend Friday prayers and erect for the purpose a mosque within school premises.

In view of this dangerous trend, JHU General Secretary, Venerable Omalpe Sobhitha thero has urged that the Education Ministry and other Government Authorities to intervene immediately to prevent an explosive situation.
- Sri Lanka Guardian