Oct 30, Colombo: Bhikkunis - female Buddhist monks - in Sri Lanka have handed a petition to the Human Rights Commission demanding that they are recognized and accepted as a part of the Buddha Sasana.
Human Rights Commissioner, Dr. Prathiba Mahanamahewa has told the media that the Commission has initiated an investigation after receiving the petition.
The petition was filed by Ven. Inamaluwa Sumangala Thera and Ven. Sheelapriya Mahinda Therani, Ceylon Today reported.
The Bhikkunis request that ordained female Buddhist monks who are part of the Order be accepted and given the same recognition as their male counterparts. They ask to be registered with the temples, be issued identity cards and accorded all the privileges of the Order.
Dr. Mahanamahewa has said that the commission will make its recommendations after concluding the inquiry.
The Department for the Registration of Persons, the Department of Buddhist Affairs, and the Buddha Sasana Ministry have been cited as respondents in the petition.