Lonely Planet Writer

Heritage sites are not parks for lovers Sri Lanka says as new rules for public affection issued

The Department of Cultural Affairs in Colombo, is set to introduce new guidelines for public conduct at heritage sites after a couple were evicted from Colombo’s Independence Square for ‘indecent behaviour’.

Independence Square, Colombo.
Independence Square, Colombo, Sri Lanka from where a couple was evicted. Image by Nigel Swales / CC BY-SA 2.0

The rules are actually designed to protect couples from arbitrary decisions about their moral conduct after reports of guards hounding couples for public displays of affection. Signs listing the acceptable boundaries of public behaviour will be displayed at Diyatha Uyana-Waters Edge, Kimbulawela-Sri Lanka Japan Friendship Mawatha, Bellanwila Park, Nugegoda Weli Park and Independence Square. Read more: sundaytimes.lk