CP Governor orders probe on longest saree incident

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Central Province Governor Niluka Ekanayake had ordered a special probe into the incident in which 250 young schoolgirls were made to stand in hot sun to hold a 2.5 mile long bridal veil designed by a beautician in an attempt to get into a Guinness World Record as the longest sari.

These students of Sarath Ekanayake Junior School in Alawathugoda had been engaged from 2.30 at dawn to afternoon on Thursday (21) in an open ceremony of a wedding, to hold bride’s veil stretching for three miles along the Gannoruwa Road.

The Governor, who summoned the Principal and some teachers of the school, who assisted in deploying the students for this task, Secretary of the Central Province Education Ministry, Provincial Education Director, Katugastota Zonal Assistant Education Director to her office warned them of a special investigation on this matter.

Mrs. Ekanayake had expressed her displeasure to the Principal and the teaching staff of the little schoolgirls saying that it was a 'disgrace' to engage children to such task.

The National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) on Friday launched an inquiry into the incident with immediate effect and the outcome of it was yet to be announced. (J.A.L. Jayasinghe)

  Comments - 11

  • Nina Kamal Sunday, 24 September 2017 06:54 PM

    To get to the Guinness World Record children were made to stand on the street as early as 0200a.m. is this really a worthy cause!!! Wonder why the PTA didn't stand against this innocent children!! This is where SL has come to!!

    Sri Lankan Monday, 25 September 2017 05:39 AM

    What were all these people doing when this was going on? Sleeping?

    johan Sunday, 24 September 2017 07:45 PM

    What a Guinness Record). Before X'Mas Tree, now Bridal veil.Eliminating the poverty should be our Guinness Record

    gamini Sunday, 24 September 2017 09:38 PM

    Guinness record is given for extreme human endurance in a disciplined manner. Where is the endurance here other than exploitation and a show off of power using connections. Guinness committee will never recognize such unethical and illegal practices.

    Dot Monday, 25 September 2017 03:39 AM

    But I saw that the CM was present on this occasion ..when did he wake up to realize that it was the abuse of kids who are at a tender age and have to obey teachers even if its a tiring effort and a waste of time ?

    Neil Monday, 25 September 2017 04:42 AM

    Principal of the school is fully responsible for deploying school children for this ridiculous act. I wonder if he deserves to hold that position.

    Lion Monday, 25 September 2017 05:37 AM

    Niluka you dont need investigations to find the culprit. It is non other than the man who was right in front of this episode. Bold headed who can switch side for his benefit and one time a slave of MR. This man will loose this time for sure, He had enjoyed his life thanks for corrupt politic of this country.

    Kadiya Monday, 25 September 2017 06:10 AM

    Negative or positive we are a country of record breakers!

    Kingsley Wijesinhe Monday, 25 September 2017 06:47 AM

    Now the biggest problem in Sri Lanka is schoolgirls carrying a sari pota. Hasn't enough been said about this trivial incident? The NCPA has opened an investigation, so let them get on with it. Provincial Governors should have better things to do

    Rajitha Monday, 25 September 2017 08:07 AM

    Why such a huge interest on this trivial matter? Aren't there much bigger issues that need the attention of Ministry of Education and NCPA? When school children are lines up for political functions no one opens their mouth against that. I'm sure this children will remember this 'fun event' for the rest of their life unlike rest of their classroom studies.

    Gos Monday, 25 September 2017 08:35 PM

    It is not a trivial matter. It shows corruption at its highest considering CM and Police officers were taking part and enjoying the skulduggery that these young girls were put to. If you ignore such publicly displayed corrupt favouritism using innocent childrenwhat chance is there for hidden ones?

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