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'Osari Pota' fiasco -- Parties may have violated Penal Code: NCPA

26 September 2017 10:06 pm - 8     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


Initial investigations into the incident at Gannoruwa where 250 female students of a primary school were lined up along the road and display an ‘osari pota’ had revealed that the parties concerned may have committed offences under the Penal Code, the National Child Protection Authority (NCPA) said today.

NCPA Chairperson Marini de Livera said in a statement that she had directed NCPA ASP Merril Ranjan to conduct further investigations into the questionable incident and obtain the names of the students who were made to participate in this road show, the names of their parents and those of the school teachers who accompanied the students.

She said she had also asked for the names of the officials who requested the class teachers to get the children to participate in this senseless event.

Ms. de Livera said they would also check whether the children were provided with food and drink and obtain a detailed statement from the school Principal, the Provincial Education Director and the Provincial Education Secretary with regard to the event and the names of any children who fell ill during the event.

“If any child fell ill, such children should be produced before a JMO and a report obtained. The name and designation of the person in charge of looking after the well-being of the children during the event and the the nature of police protection given to the children,” she said.

The 3,200 metre-long bridal sari was created by a beautician hoping to set a Guinness World Record for the world’s longest sari.

The students of Alwathugoda Sarath Ekanayake Primary School were made to line up along the Gannoruwa–Kandy Road displaying the sari to Guinness officials. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

  Comments - 8

  • Concerned Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:04 AM

    Please do not keep on talking, take the best possible action to punish those who are guilty.

    Sharon Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:30 AM

    Getting jailed after attempting a Guinness record will set another Guinness record. Two birds - One stone...

    Yahiya Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:44 AM

    If it led by Colombo leading schools all politicians may participated. In the bold latter in media. Big match is good example.

    naaki Wednesday, 27 September 2017 08:53 AM

    the police were there, so ?

    Alex Wednesday, 27 September 2017 10:29 AM

    Niece passes the judgment on uncle - Biggest joke of the year- a Guinness record. Both the niece and the uncle should be punished in courts to set another Guinness record.

    Peterz Wednesday, 27 September 2017 11:05 AM

    Madam, we trust you and have confidence in you that you do a good, straightforward job without bow down to any politician. Let us put a stop to this type of child abuse and torture usually practiced in various ways using school children to show the splendor of the politicians at functions.

    ice Wednesday, 27 September 2017 03:55 PM

    what about the countless number of perehara's on the roads with school children used as dancers. These should also be investigated, Anyway a good eyeopener to protect children's rights.

    Kolla Wednesday, 27 September 2017 04:41 PM

    Charge couple who created all this too

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