Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has ordered the Culture Ministry to cancel the contract with a Government owned security company from which two security guards had harassed a couple at Independence Square recently.
Deputy Foreign Minister, Dr. Harsha de Silva said that the Prime Minister ordered the Culture Ministry to remove the Director Operations of the security company and issue a statement.
He said that the chairman of the security company has already complied with the instructions he has received.
“This afternoon on behalf of the Government I met with the ‘Occupy the Square’ protesters who had come to Independence Square to protest against the regular harassment of people couples by security guards who seem to have got enormous power to chase them away based on all kinds of weird interpretations of ‘decency’. The Director Operations of the security company had been appointed to the post by the former Secretary Defence and is a sitting member of the Kotte municipal council,” Dr. Harsha de Silva said.
A video circulating widely on social media shows the security guards telling a couple they have been asked to chase couples away unless accompanied by children.
“Today they argued with me that holding hands, putting a hand on the shoulder etc are indecent acts and won’t be tolerated. I reported the matter to PM who issued the above instructions to ensure that young people in this country can enjoy their freedom in a decent manner. This is the democracy we fought to establish in this country,” the Deputy Foreign Minister said. (Colombo Gazette)