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Police have received information that more than 1,200 children in the Anuradhapura district had been married while still attending school. Anuradhapura ASP K.D.K. Senaratne said only 157 child marriages had been reported to the police last year but had received information on many other such marriages.

He told a seminar on preventing schoolchildren from resorting to illegal activities and vices that according to a recent survey about 72 schoolchildren used liquor and tobacco.

ASP Senaratne said the world today was entirely different to what it was previously. “During our childhood we did not have the facilities available to children nowadays. They have computers, cellular phones and internet facilities. However it is sad to see them misusing the facilities available to them,” he said. (Kushan Jayawardene)
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  • NN Thursday, 14 June 2012 06:54 AM

    All due to poverty.

    senthil Thursday, 14 June 2012 06:54 AM

    Anuradhapura is just like those undeveloped remote villages in India

    Subbiah Wednesday, 13 June 2012 07:14 PM

    It is reflection of degeneration of society

    wimala Wednesday, 13 June 2012 11:22 PM

    Very true Peter. Their are few who elope young with lovers. Those are the luckier one's. Most are married off yong by their poor parents because they themselves don't have the means to feed and clothe their young. Technology has nothing to do here.

    LB Thursday, 14 June 2012 12:38 AM

    I want to know what 'computers, cellular phones and internet facilities' have got to do with child marriage??!

    das Thursday, 14 June 2012 08:12 AM

    You may be right. A three wheeler driver I know from around colombo told me that in his neighbourhood, parents seem to encourage their teenage daughters, who are still schooling, to get involved with young men from the area. It could be that they are unable to support them anymore.

    Calistus Jayatilleke Thursday, 14 June 2012 02:26 AM

    Oh, we thought these things happen in only undevelped remote villages in India.

    Neutral Wednesday, 13 June 2012 09:03 AM

    In sacred city of Anuradapura...This must be coming as a Massive SHOCK...

    Monks-
    Why u No protest against these ?

    Jehan Wednesday, 13 June 2012 09:03 AM

    the reason is Mahaweli lands or Swarna bhoomi properties to secure a property u should have a family

    MR Wednesday, 13 June 2012 09:08 AM

    good good that is Suba Anagathayak

    RamUK Wednesday, 13 June 2012 09:16 AM

    even though it is illegal these things are still happening I think sex education should be taught in the school to reduce further social problems.

    shantha madawelas Wednesday, 13 June 2012 10:01 AM

    Worlds end is coming near, that may be.....

    Gayanga Thursday, 14 June 2012 03:26 AM

    Why this Kolaveri Di

    willows Wednesday, 13 June 2012 10:05 AM

    you are very correct Sir, unfortunately the high tech is used to ruin lives of young in city and suburbs as well???

    malkanthi Thursday, 14 June 2012 08:47 AM

    As a frequent visitor to A'pura, I have noticed that as soon as they reach puberty, they need a partner more than education.

    yehiya Wednesday, 13 June 2012 11:35 AM

    THIS PROBLEM MUST HANDLE BY SOCIALOGIST OR SOME EDUCATION RIGHT ORGANIZATION NOT POLICE.

    Just Another Citizen Wednesday, 13 June 2012 11:36 AM

    Blaming technology for things like this is like blaming birth control for not working.

    Samanthi Wednesday, 13 June 2012 11:54 AM

    Children need to be more educated if they are to understand the gravity of following mere emotions. Unfortunately, only police and a handful of others seem to have taken an interest in that at the moment. But their knowledge on the child psych maybe limited. We need more professional bodies and personnel involved in this task if we are to save our future.

    Achari Wednesday, 13 June 2012 12:04 PM

    God only Knows. We don't know why!

    peter Wednesday, 13 June 2012 12:18 PM

    If you review these cases, main reason is poverty.

    Dee Wednesday, 13 June 2012 12:15 PM

    this has nothing to do with the end of the world

    Anil Friday, 15 June 2012 07:11 AM

    Oh! that means, "hormones Reaction" is responsible for this issue?


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