Aug 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka Police Chief has ordered an inquiry into a wedding ceremony performed on police dogs after a government minister condemned the event and demanded an inquiry.
The Police spokesman Buddhika Siriwardena has said Saturday that Inspector General of Police (IGP) N.K. Ilangakoon had ordered the inquiry at the request of Culture and Arts Minister T.B. Ekanayake, an AP report said.
The Police, to familiarize the Police Canine Breeding Program, held a wedding ceremony on a Poruwa, a structure used for traditional Sinhala weddings, and married pairs of police dogs belonging to the Asgiriya Police Kennels.
The action came under severe criticism from cultural organizations as well as from the Minister of Culture and the Arts.
The Minister condemned the wedding ceremony as damaging to the country's culture and requested the IGP to conduct an immediate inquiry regarding the ceremony.
The Police Headquarters issuing a statement apologized for the event and said the Police Department had no intention of causing any insult to the Sri Lankan culture and expressed regret regarding any harm the activities of the inauguration ceremony of Police Canine Breeding Program may have caused to any cultural heritage or if it caused any person any discomfort.
Sri Lanka police plan to breed the dog pairs locally to save the cost of purchasing the dogs from other countries.