Cops turn to spiritual help to reduce accidents
Sri Lanka’s police sought spiritual help from Buddhist clergy to bless an accident-prone highway in a country that has some of the world’s most dangerous roads. Police at Mawathagama, about 100 kilometres from Colombo, directed three saffron-robed monks to bless a spot where there had been five fatal accidents in a month on August 8. “Traffic constables sat by the roadside while monks chanted sacred texts to bless a dangerous double bend,” an official said. Sri Lanka’s police deal with about seven road fatalities each day.