Pursat authorities take lenient attitude to fake monks.
Posted: Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:43 am
That seems reasonable. On a scale of 1-10, if you are poor and desperate, posing as a fake monk is not up there with bag-snatching or robbery. Basically it's begging. Annoying but not life-threatening.
http://www.khmertimeskh.com/news/31620/ ... -released/The Pursat provincial religious department and police on Monday arrested two men who were impersonating monks and relentlessly collecting donations from residents at Pursat town.
Pursat town police chief Chhorn Rith said police made the arrest after a complaint filed by residents. The pair, identified as Soung Muth, 48, and Kong Bora, 34, were eventually released with only a warning.
He said their motives were likely financial as police found neither one to be suffering from a mental illness, but noted that they were both living in poverty.
“If we use article 194, they would face a monetary fine and a criminal case will be filed as well.
“However, so far because of tolerance we only educate them and let them go because we know that in some cases, they are not mentally fit or they are just desperately poor, that’s why they do that,” he added...