The Supreme Court (SC) yesterday ruled that a 15-year-old student of Puhulwella Central College in Matara has been assaulted and deprived of his hearing by violating his fundamental rights.
The Supreme Court has ordered Jayantha Premakumara Siriwardena, a teacher-in-charge of discipline at the school, to pay a fine of Rs. 150,000 as a compensation to the aggrieved student.
In addition, the Court also ordered the Government to pay a compensation of Rs. 500,000 to the student for violating his fundamental rights.
The Court ruled that the student’s hearing loss was a serious violation of fundamental rights.
The petition was filed in the Supreme Court on February 13, 2017 alleging that the respondent teacher had assaulted the student and as a result the student had completely lost his hearing and that the fundamental rights of the student had been violated. (YOSHITHA PERERA)