Anu Nayaka Thera concerned over rise in crime:
Presidential Commission to curb crime proposed
As we near the end of the 2,600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi celebrations
the time has come for the government to appoint a Presidential
Commission to investigate the causes for the rise in crime in the
country, Most Venerable Aggamahapanditha Kotugoda Dhammawasa Anu Nayaka
Most Ven. Kotugoda
Dhammawasa Anu Nayaka Thera
According to the Most Ven Thera, the Commission should comprise
representatives of political parties, the laity and clergy.
Members of the Commission should also be of diverse backgrounds, such
as, political, medical, educational, legal and social services, the Most
Ven Thera observed.
The maximum number of members should not exceed 15 for the
preparation of a comprehensive report. This should be the first step set
towards greatly reducing the crime issue in the island. It is a most
noble act the government may perform to mark the Sambuddhathva Jayanthi.
The Most Ven Thera noted the media has been notorious for giving
publicity to criminals and consequently criminals have become more
popular than well-known social leaders.
The full statement of Most Venerable Aggamahapnditha Kotugoda
Dhammawasa AnuNayaka Thera:
In Commemorating the 2600th Sambuddhatva Jayanthi (Anniversary of the
Buddha’s Enlightenment) major Buddhist countries led by Sri Lanka have
been engaged in a year-long endeavor for the creation of a righteous
society. As followers of the Buddha it is our prime duty to see that
every possible measure is taken to curb crime that is rising by leaps
and bounds throughout the world.
This is a grave situation that has already drawn the attention of
governments and heads of state.
In this age of widespread conflict between morality and immorality it
is the latter which is on the ascendency.
Therefore dealing with this complex problem needs careful thought in
accordance with Buddhism’s Pancha Seela (Five Precepts) the essence of
which are non-violence, thrift, purity of character, truthfulness and
The five essential virtues form the primary code of ethics for
They have been practiced and preserved through history not only for
religious purposes but also at significant social events.
Traditionally it has been the basis for moral standards.
The five precepts are not confined to any race, tribe, caste or creed
but serve as a set of universal principals for mankind.
Helping people to realize the practical advantages of adhering to the
five precepts is bound to go a long way in reducing the crime rate
It is the greatest act of merit that we can perform in commemorating
the Sambuddhatva Jayanthi.
It a great tragedy that crime and criminals receive the publicity far
more than any person or organization performing noble deeds and
Our society comprises identifiable four types of people.
1. Educated but unwise,
2. Wise and well educated,
3. Wise but uneducated,
4. Unwise and uneducated
The majority of our society is covered by the first group, educated
but unwise, due to the recent modification in the education curriculum
that has produced education alone that does not bring wisdom.
From the early time of their life, children are trained to compete
with peers, forced to gain academic proficiency.
Important and beneficial to society are those who are both wise and
They are the people who can effectively deal with crime and ensure
peace and stability.
It is great cause for satisfaction that modern society enjoys the
achievements in the areas of science, technology art and linguistics.
These advances our ancestors had not even dreamt of.
The services of those who are both educated and wise though they may
not be in great numbers their contributions can go a long way in
building a truly civilized society.
Although mankind has enjoyed the benefits of modern inventions such
luxurious vehicles, ships and giant aircraft we have not been able to
prevent the misuse of science and technology due to man’s ego-centric
desires which have brought unwholesome consequences.
The third group manifests of wise but uneducated people.
Increasing competition in educational context and financial crisis
has left a huge gap between human potential and academic pursuit.
But the misuse of this knowledge and professionalism can result in
misery and sorrow having disastrous consequences for future generations.
The proof of it is the increase in crime in modern societies
worldwide. Internal disputes have paved the way for foreign
interference. Countries are faced with various threats.
The solution should be found at grass root level and expanded to the
international arenas whereby agencies like the UN can help to find
The full potential of the masses need to be activated for this
It is therefore, important for education system to focus on those who
lack both wisdom and intelligence.
They easily fall prey to criminal tendencies due to due to lack of
religious knowledge, moral discipline, patience, truthfulness and proper
The media has been notorious forgiving publicity to criminals and
consequently criminals have become more popular than well-known social
leaders. As we near the end of 2600th anniversary celebrations of the
enlightenment of the Buddha, the time has come for the government to
appoint a Presidential Commission to investigate the causes of rise in
The commission should comprise representatives of political parties,
the laity and the clergy and clergies.
Members should be also of diverse backgrounds such, as political,
medical, educational, legal and social services.
The maximum number of commission members should not exceed 15 for the
preparation of a comprehensive report.
This step would be the first step set towards greatly reducing crime
in the island.
It is a most noble act the government may perform to mark the