Aug 16, Colombo: A Sri Lankan court has issued an pre-emptive order to prevent any demonstrations protests from being held near the Munneswaram Sri Bhadra Kali Amman Kovil in Chilaw during the period of a religious ritual at the kovil .
The Chilaw Additional District Judge had ordered that no demonstrations or protest marches be carried out near the Munneswaram kovil in Chilaw between August 13 and 22 during which a ritual of animal sacrifice is expected to take place.
District Judge K.K. Liyanage issued the order following a request made by the Chilaw Police fearing possible clashes between Buddhist protesters and Hindu devotees over the ritual.
The Hindu kovil has faced several protests during festival periods when animal sacrifices are carried out as part of the religious ritual.
It has been reported that the kovil is to hold an animal sacrifice ritual on the 21st of this month and several groups are organizing protests against the slaughtering of animals.
The customary ritual of sacrificing hundreds of goats and fowl in the annual feast of the kovil has come under severe protest from the animal lovers, Buddhist clergy and politicians.
Sri Lanka Buddhist organizations have urged the government to amend the legislation to overcome the loopholes that enable animal sacrifices in the country.