Lankapage Logo CP 18 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* National Child Protection Authority initiates investigation into forcing school children to take part in wedding
Fri, Sep 22, 2017, 12:50 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Sept 22, Colombo: The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) said it has commenced an investigation into an incident where 250 school children have been used for a wedding in Gannoruwa, Kandy yesterday.

The NCPA said it has initiated an investigation after the case of forcing 250 school children to participate in a wedding ceremony was brought to the attention of the Authority by the general public.

"The National Child Protection Authority strongly disapproves children being used in this manner in violation of their rights to education, security and dignity," NCPA said in a statement.

The NCPA said it will take action on those responsible for this outrageous act and requested the public to lodge complaints to the 24 hour Childline Sri Lanka 1929 if similar acts of degrading treatment of children is witnessed by members of the public.

The Chairperson of National Child Protection Authority Attorney Marini De Livera said the support of media organizations in highlighting the need to promote and protect the rights of children is highly appreciated.

The bride in the wedding party has decided to set a Guinness world record wearing a Kandyan style saree (Osariya) with the longest fall and 250 school children have been used to hold the 3.2 kilometer fall.

The ceremony was held under the patronage of Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake. Many organizations including the Ceylon Teachers' Union have expressed their strong opposition to the incident.


ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories ::
Sri Lanka, Pakistan target US$ 1 billion trade by 2018
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka calls for proposals for 90 solar projects of 1MW capacity each
-- [2 hours ago]
Sri Lanka takes disaster minimizing steps to reduce landslide risks
-- [2 hours ago]
Election Commission requests political parties to include more youth candidates for LG elections
-- [3 hours ago]
Malaysian national arrested for smuggling foreign currency worth over Rs. 54 million
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka encourages local entrepreneurs to enter global markets
-- [4 hours ago]
Sri Lanka Marxist party says President will be defeated if he contests again for presidency
Prime Minister pledges to pay off Rs. 3 trillion foreign debt within next two years
No need for a new Constitution, Sri Lanka Buddhist prelates decide
Local Government election date is uncertain - PAFFREL

Copyright © 2000, 2016 by (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.