Cap­i­tal cracks down on fake monks, nuns

The Myanmar Times - - News -

A CRACK­DOWN on those falsely so­lic­it­ing do­na­tions led au­thor­i­ties to take ac­tion against 19 peo­ple pos­ing as mem­bers of the Bud­dhist or­der – eight monks, four nuns, six novices and one yogi – in Zabuthiri township ear­lier this month, a lo­cal re­li­gious af­fairs of­fi­cer told The Myan­mar Times.

The eight monk im­per­son­ators were turned over to the po­lice at the or­der of se­nior monk U Kavainda, chair of the township Sangha Nayaka Com­mit­tee.

On Oc­to­ber 18, the com­mit­tee cracked down on fake solic­i­tors, not­ing that the fraud­u­lent an­tics could re­flect poorly on Bud­dhism. Teams of 11 mem­bers, in­clud­ing po­lice and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, were formed and led by monks.

On Oc­to­ber 20, they went to My­oma Mar­ket, where if some­one in robes was ask­ing for money, the Bud­dhist rep­re­sen­ta­tives would ask them a se­ries of ques­tions re­lated to Bud­dhism.

“Some monks could not name the four of­fences that merit dis­rob­ing,” U Hla Min said.

If they failed to ad­e­quately an­swer the ques­tions, they were forced to change into garb in­dica­tive of the laity. The crack­down was re­peated at the Thapyay­gone Mar­ket on Oc­to­ber 23. The teams will con­tinue their checks weekly through­out the lu­nar month.

The bo­gus monks have been charged un­der sec­tion 295 of the pe­nal code, cov­er­ing in­sult to re­li­gion. – Swan Ye Htut, trans­la­tion by Thiri Min Htun

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