Couples now banned from sitting together at Negombo bus stand

Couples have now been banned from sitting together at the Negombo bus stand by security officers.A video sent to the Colombo Gazette shows female security officers at the bus stand telling couples they cnnot spend more than five minutes seated at the bus terminal. Couples seated together at the bus stand were told they must get onto any bus in five minutes no matter what bus is available. “They were rather rude to my girlfriend and me. So I asked the female security officer not to forget a recent incident in Colombo where couples protested against not being allowed to sit together. But the female security officer simply dismissed what I said,” he said.Recently Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe instructed 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. The individual who recorded the video told the Colombo Gazette on the condition of anonymity that the security officers had told the couples the bus stand is not the place for couples to spend time together. This was after a silent protest was staged at Independence Square against the two security officers after they told the couple to leave the premises.A video circulating widely on social media showed the security guards telling the couple at Independence Square they have been asked to chase couples away unless accompanied by children. (Colombo Gazette)