Sep 22, 2017

Longest Osari fall Guinness attempt faces a snag

The attempt by a bride in Gannoruwa, Kandy to set a new Guinness record for the longest ‘Osariya’ saree fall of three kilometres and using 250 school children to hold the fall has come under investigation by the National Child Protection Authority.  

This wedding ceremony of a model was held under the patronage of the Central Province Chief Minister Sarath Ekanayake and the bride had attempted to set a new Guinness world record for the longest saree fall by wearing a wedding saree with a saree fall of 3,200 metres.

When the couple had arrived at the Gannoruwa junction, the bride had used 250 school children to hold her saree fall and some parties had complained that it was an act of child harassment. Subsequently the Child Protection Authority had commenced the investigation into these complaints.

The saree fall that was brought there in a truck and the fall was spread out while the 250 students were used to hold up the saree fall. A group of students from the Alawathugoda Junior school were utilised for the holding up of the saree fall.

 Chief Minister of the Central Province Sarath Ekanayake was also present.

However, the Teacher Unions have condemned the use of school children for such events while a huge social media campaign was also launched criticising the use of school children for such events.

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