Religious leaders complain that children have been used to beg and get involved in the hawker trade in the sacred area limit of Kataragama.
They complained that certain children avoid going to school and are engaged in trading activities while others do part time trading in the sacred area after school.
The Chief incumbent of the Kataragama Sri Abhina-va-ramaya, Pradhana
Adhikarana Sangha Nayake of Ruhunu Magampattuwa, Kataragama Sri
Saranatissa Thera told our news team that certain children have become addicted to narcotics while some are engaged in theft.
When our news team contacted the Kataragama police, a senior officer stated that poverty of many families in the area face has driven them to engage in trade to support their family budget.