Record-breaking saree train lands happy Kandy couple in hot water!
Sri Lanka has well and truly trounced India—not with bat and ball, but with a record-breaking wedding saree train for a happy couple in the Hill Country capital Kandy.
The 3,200-metre extravaganza beat India’s previous 2,800-metre record-breaker to secure its place in the Guinness Book of Records.
A happy start to married life? Not quite—umpires have called foul because 250 schoolchildren were used to carry the train through the town.
And the couple, Sajini Priyangika and Ruwan Pushpakumara, now face the possibility of 10 years in jail!
The world’s media is reporting that our National Child Protection Authority is investigating because, says chairman Marini de Livera, “we don’t want this to become a trend”.
He said that deploying students for such ceremonies during school hours was against the law, and violators could face up to 10 years in prison.
“What they did is a violation of child rights. Depriving children of education, risking their security and harming their dignity are criminal offences.”
Ironically, the children were from a government school named after Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayaka—who was a special guest at the wedding.