Vice Chancellor’s Love Phobia Causes Uproar In Sri Jayewardenepura University
- Six Female Students Sent For Virginity Test
By Ranee Mohamed
Students of the Sri Jayewardenepura University claim that the Vice Chancellor, N. L. A. Karunaratne sent six girls for a virginity test. They say that the Vice Chancellor’s phobias are making their campus life miserable.
“The girls were talking to boys on August 25 at about 6.30 p.m. as it often happens in campus life, when they were forcibly put into the campus ambulance by security guards and taken away to the Kalubowila Hospital for a virginity test. The Vice Chancellor’s love phobia is very unusual. He has broken down most of the summer huts, he has destroyed all the benches and girls are not allowed to talk to boys in the campus. There are cameras everywhere to ascertain whether girls are talking to boys,” said Convenor, Inter University Student Federation, Upul Premaratne.
Alleging that even the smallest act that displeases the Vice Chancellor results in suspension, students said that sending the six girls to the Kalubowila Hospital after chiding the six boys and sending them away has caused anger and frustration in the campus.
“Some of the girls in the campus are married and there are young mothers here too. If checking their virginity will be done at random on the whims and fancies of the Vice Chancellor it will create both a problem and embarrassment to these young people,” said Premaratne.
According to a former employee of the Campus the Vice Chancellor has allegedly on one occasion intruded on boys and girls in close conversation and forced their parents to get them ‘married off.’ A student alleged that letters have been obtained from some couples vouching that they will get married.
“Sixty students have been suspended within two months. Notices and posters have been prohibited. We are not even allowed to have a Bodhi Pooja in the evening. There are cameras everywhere and if a group of seniors are seen in the company of first year students, then the seniors get suspended. This trend is cramping our campus culture,” said disheartened students. “Everything has to stop by 6 p.m. and five people are not allowed to even sit together,” they said.
“He promised in the presence of the Minister that the suspension of 52 students will be removed, but no sooner the Minister left 40 students were suspended again,” alleged the students.
Convenor of the Inter University Student Federation also noted that it is cause for concern that the Vice Chancellor allegedly strolls into the girls’ hostel after 7 p.m to look for ‘adu paadu’ (needs). “Recently the Vice Chancellor stalled his car alongside two students who were wearing caps and ordered them to remove the caps stating that they were ‘rastiyadu’ caps and thereafter shouted ‘duwapan’ to the students,” alleged Premaratne.
“Recently a student who could not bring his ID had to undergo the most humiliating punishment,” alleged Convenor Premaratne. All students of the Sri Jayewardenepura University are over 18 years of age.
“This is the greatest insult to all womankind. Checking on whether a girl is a virgin or not does not come within the purview of the duties of the Vice Chancellor. It borders on mental perversion,” said a former Vice Chancellor of the University when contacted by The Sunday Leader.
Sources at the Kalubowila Hospital when contacted by The Sunday Leader said that they were not in a position to divulge sensitive information regarding personal tests.
When The Sunday Leader telephoned the office of Vice Chancellor N.L.A Karunaratne to get his side of the story on Thursday afternoon, we were told that he was not in. When we somehow acquired his mobile number and called him on Friday he said, “Madam, I am busy at an interview board.” When we tried to call him thereafter repeatedly he insisted he was busy, finally leaving his phone unanswered.
A virginity test is the practice and process of inspecting the genitalia of girls and women to determine if they are sexually chaste. It is based on the false assumption that a woman’s hymen can only be torn as a result of sexual intercourse.