Sri Lanka which sees the rise of Buddhist extremism in recent times passed a breakthrough as a Sri Lankan Buddhist monk committed self-immolation today at Kandy city. Kandy is a sacred city of Buddhists where the sacred relics of Lord Buddha is housed in the Temple of Tooth.
The monk had told that he would commit self immolation against the slaughter of cattle.
The monk has been identified as B. Indarathana Thero who resides in a temple in Kahawatta.
The incident took place before the entrance to the Temple of Tooth.
The monk doused himself with petrol and set ablaze. Hospital sources say that the monk's body is 90% burnt and his condition is very serious.
He was transferred to Colombo national hospital.
Sri Lankans eat meat since generations although the Buddhist religion the majority of them follow advocates peace on the lives of the animals also.
However, the Buddhist extremist elements intensified the campaign against the cattle slaughter. But the same Buddhist extremists do not protest the killings and forcible disappearances of ethnic Tamils of the country. In recent months, the Muslims were also the focus of the wrath of the Buddhist extremists.
Cattle farmers who are mostly Buddhists sell the bulls and old cows for meat as an additional income since long ago.