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Ragging drives out 2000 students from Sri Lanka state universities: Minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Over 2,000 students who entered state universities after passing exams have left after entering due to ‘ragging’ a type of extreme harassment meted out to freshers by older students, Higher Education Minister Bandula Gunewardene said.

“The Police Commission has told us that about 2,000 students have dropped out due to ragging over 10 years,” Minister Gunewardene said.

“After entering university they leave because they cannot bear the physical and mental agony from ragging.

“Some commit suicide, others are maimed for life.”

“Some go abroad to foreign universities. Others lose their way in life.”

The government will shortly set up a commission which will call information from students who have dropped out and gather information on the suffering they underwent.

The government will then give them another place in a university.

“If necessary we will change laws to be able to give them places,” Gunewardene said.

“If they do not want to go to the same university we will try to give them another.”

Sri Lanka already has a law against ragging he said.

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“We will implement the this law strictly from now,” Minister Gunewardene said. (Colombo/Jan15/2020)