(Reuters) – A Myanmar court docket has sentenced a health care provider to 21 months in jail after convicting him of insulting Buddhist monks in reference to a debate a few proposal to show intercourse schooling in colleges.
Kyaw Win Thant, 31, was arrested in Could after indignant scenes at a monastery within the central metropolis of Meiktila, the place he apologised to monks for deriding them in Fb posts, a senior monk mentioned on the time.
A court docket within the metropolis of Mandalay sentenced him underneath sections of the Penal Code that outlaw insulting faith, a spokesman advised reporters on Tuesday.
“He feels regretful and admitted his crime so the court docket gave this resolution,” mentioned court docket spokesman Kyaw Myo Win, in response to video footage printed by the Irrawaddy information outlet.
Kyaw Myo Win declined to remark when contacted by Reuters. He advised media Kyaw Win Thant didn’t have a lawyer and he was not out there for touch upon Thursday.
Kyaw Win Thant’s Fb posts had been in response to feedback posted by quite a few different monks denouncing a authorities proposal to show intercourse schooling at college, the senior monk mentioned earlier.
The posts have been deleted and couldn’t be verified by Reuters.
A senior official from Mandalay district spiritual affairs division confirmed the sentence.
“We filed the lawsuit as a result of he violated the legislation,” the official, who declined to be recognized, advised Reuters.
Intercourse schooling isn’t taught as a separate topic in most Myanmar colleges although elements of rising up are addressed.
The proposal to incorporate it has been a scorching subject on social media however stays taboo within the conservative, primarily Buddhist nation the place monks have lengthy been an influential supply of ethical steering.