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13 April 2024

‘Cobra girl' doesn't want to live after what boyfriend did to her

By Correspondent

Nirosha Wimalaratne, better-known as the “cobra girl” told Ceylon Today that she does not want to live any longer as all her dreams of a happy life have been ruined.

She demanded that strict action should be taken against his boyfriend.

The story is about the harrowing experience of the much talked-about “cobra girl” or the night club dancer named Nirosha, tearfully explaining how she was allegedly assaulted and injured by her boyfriend and left her unconscious in a roadside ditch, bleeding from several cut injuries. She was later admitted to hospital by a Good Samaritan.

When we met her at the National Hospital, Colombo to speak to her, she was lying in bed. When asked her "Nirosha what actually happened to you?" the sobbing girl said, "I really do not know what happened to me. All my dreams of a happy life were ruined. Now I do not want to live any longer."

It would seem rather ironic that she also fell in love with a human male of the species, a youth around the same time she regained her slithery pet. When she fell in love with him she moved in with him to a Meethotamulla house as his live-in companion. She said, she did so after obtaining a solemn promise of marriage from him.

Her boyfriend, a businessman in Pettah area was a libertine, and a die-hard follower of Bacchus, God of Spirits. During daytime, she was a virtual prisoner in his home. Nights were sickening and pure hell, she said. Then they began to squabble. Fighting got worse with the arrival of one a relative of his boyfriend into the house and both of them allegedly went on alcoholic binges. According to her, she was watching TV while munching on some food at around 1:00am on Wednesday, January 23, when suddenly her lover hit her hard on her right ear without any provocation. Next, both of them started to hit her while one was holding her down. While still hitting, her lover using a sharp object cut her neck. Then he tried to kill her by squeezing her neck. Thereafter, he dragged her outside the house and pushed her towards a roadside ditch. Thereupon she lost consciousness.

"When I regained consciousness, I started shouting saying that I was the cobra girl and to save me from the two savages who were trying to kill me, and my two pet cobras, I don't mind even if I am killed, but my two cobras are more precious to me than my life. I then saw a lady at a nearby house and asked her to save me. Then a crowd gathered and they called the Wellampitiya Police, who came on the scene immediately and took me to the Colombo National Hospital. I am fed up with life now. This is what happened to me when I was looking for a happier life," she said ruefully.

The man who assaulted the “cobra girl” and caused her injuries has gone scot-free though police are said to be on the look-out.

Nirosha Wimalaratne came into the limelight after August 28 last year, when she was taken into police custody at a popular night club in Colpetty with the cobra and was known since then, as the “cobra girl.”

Colpetty Police charged her for animal cruelty and the Fort Magistrate ordered the police to place the cobra under the care of National Zoological Gardens. Nirosha fought back filing legal action and was successful in the end. She then returned to the night club with her cobra companion, on December 11.


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