Student in intensive care after an alleged ragging incident

Entrance to the Sri Jayawardenapura University – file photo

ECONOMYNEXT – The University Grants Commission has called for an investigation after a freshman student at the Shri Jayawardhanapura University was admitted to the Colombo National hospital last week with a serious head injury allegedly suffered during ragging.

Newsfirst quoted the Chairman of the University Grants Commission Professor Sampath Amaratunge as saying that an investigation will be conducted and the perpetrators punished.

The student, Pasindu Hirushan, is a high-achieving student who obtained 3 As in his A-level examination and was an all-rounder, his teachers at his school said in social media postings.

Hirushan, was a student at St. Peter’s College (Udugapola Branch) and according to these postings had been ragged by senior students around midnight on March 5.

The raggers had rolled a tractor tire at the freshmen, and Hirushan had been hit and collapsed immediately these postings said.

His family members have said that the student was on a respirator and a hospital spokesman was quoted as saying that he is in a critical condition.

Ragging of freshmen students has been a serious issue with thousands of students who qualified for university refusing to attend after inhuman torture.

In the Ruhuna University, several senior students were arrested last year after freshmen complained to police of sexual torture.

Officially ragging is banned in campuses and is a criminal offence.

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