By Stanley Samarasinghe
A Sri Lankan has written to the Guinness World Records to declare a 116-year-old woman living in Kehelpannala, as the world`s oldest living woman.
In a letter dated 22 May 2013, Attorney-at-Law Hemantha Situge, had informed the management of the Guinness Book of World Records to include 116-year-old Apullanalada Ukku of 82 A, Buthgamuwa, Kehelpannala, in the Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka, as the world`s oldest living woman.
Situge had written to the world body after reading an article published in our sister paper, the Sunday Mawbima about Sri Lanka`s oldest woman, Ukku. In his letter to the Guinness Book of World Records, he had requested the USA and UK to send Senior Consultants of Gerontology to verify the claim and bestow the rare honour to Sri Lanka`s Apullanalada Ukku.
Situge has further stated that the Guinness Records indicate, Besse Cooper from Monroe, Georgia, USA, had died on 4 December 2012, and Japan`s Miaso Okawa had been confirmed as the oldest women aged 114 years.He therefore believes that Sri Lanka has a right to make a claim for the oldest living woman as she was born in 1897.