President Maithripala Sirisena said yesterday he had instructed the Universities and law enforcement authorities to file charges against university students implicated in ragging because the government would not allow extremist elements to destroy the future of these students.
He said though there were laws to punish those found guilty of ragging, the laws remained unused and ineffective.
“I have instructed the relevant authorities to file charges against university students who are guilty of ragging. They are not concerned about the future of their victims who are harassed and suffer mentally and physically. There are instances ragging victims commiting suicide or die from the inhumane treatment meted out by the seniors. This must be stopped once and for all,” the President said.
He said this at a ceremony to launch the construction of the Vocational Training Institute at a cost of Rs.700 million at Hingurakgoda under the ‘Pibidemu Polonnaruwa’ project.
The President said the ragging menace was instigated by a small group of extremist political elements and they have brainwashed the a few undergrads to carry out unlawful, unethical, uncivilized and inhuman ragging on other innocent undergraduates.
He said anti-ragging laws were introduced in the 1990s during the time of the then Education Minister Richard Pathirana but the succesive governments had done little or nothing to enforce those laws. "It is sad that the Peradeniya University has been closed for more than a month," the President said. (Sandun Jayasekera and K.G. Karunaratne)
Donald Saturday, 8 September 2018 19:08
Mr President, in this country law and order, is not applicable to politicians, doctors, train/bus / three wheel drivers and university students.
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rajg Saturday, 8 September 2018 19:19
Maybe they can be hanged too!
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Wise Donkey Saturday, 8 September 2018 22:05
Sack the fellows who carry on regardless.
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Ceylon Saturday, 8 September 2018 22:07
This liar telling telling telling daily but not doing anything.miserable man.to the country.did you catch thieves and brought back the stolen billions ???.did you hang death row criminals ???.
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kondaya77 Saturday, 8 September 2018 22:56
Since education is free,all who enter an university should sign an affidavit stating they will not participate in ragging.If they do participate they will be expelled.
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Will Sunday, 9 September 2018 00:16
Be firm,decide maximum possible punishment for wroungdours,on this issue people is with you.don't change your mind
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