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.