Virginity Test Saga Continues
By Nirmala Kannangara
The Inter University Student’s Federation (IUSF) is challenging Vice Chancellor, Sri Jayewardenepura University, L.N.A. Karunaratne to take legal action against the student’s federation if they have fabricated the ‘Virginity Test’ story as claimed by him.
Convener, IUSF, Udul Premaratne queried why the Vice Chancellor (VC) does not go before court if the IUSF has ‘tarnished’ his good name and challenged Karunaratne to prove that what has been highlighted is incorrect.
“The VC reportedly says that we have fabricated a story to tarnish his name and has made a challenge to us to take legal action against him, if he indeed forcibly bundled up some students in an ambulance and sent them for a virginity test. We would have certainly gone before courts if the doctors did perform any virginity tests on these students, but since they have not done so, there is no necessity for us to take legal action. If we have tarnished the good name of the VC let him take legal action against us,” Premaratne told The Sunday Leader.
According to Premaratne, the VC has threatened many of the young girls who were sent to the Kalubowila hospital for the virginity test and has ordered them to remain silent, failing which strict disciplinary action would be taken against them.
“Despite all these threats these female students are ready to give evidence if the VC goes before court against the IUSF,” claimed Premaratne.
When contacted, VC, Sri Jayewardenepura University L.N.A. Karunaratne refused to speak to The Sunday Leader.