Uni “Mafia” Behind Ragging
By Imaad Majeed
The administration of the Ruhuna University said that a student “mafia” was behind some of the ragging incidents at the campus.
A fresher was admitted to the Matara hospital and later transferred to Colombo for treatment after she fainted following a ragging incident on Thursday.
Speaking to The Sunday Leader the Deputy Vice Chancellor of the Ruhuna University, Prof. Gamini Senanayake said that this year, out of the seven Faculties at the Ruhunu University, two had reported incidents of ragging – the Faculty of Management Finance and the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.
He went on to state that “by principle we have zero tolerance to any sort of ragging. I personally feel perpetrators should be expelled”.
According to the Deputy Vice Chancellor there is a University proctor in charge of discipline and a deputy in each faculty, as well as student counselors to look after freshmen.
“These are all in place,” he said, “but if they do something inside the canteen it is difficult to catch them”. The Deputy Vice Chancellor claimed that senior students have agents outside the canteen who will warn them when officials are approaching. “Because of this it is next to impossible to catch them. They are very organised. It is a kind of a mafia,” he lamented.
Nevertheless, he was firm in stating that “once we receive information we will take stern action. If found guilty, we will have to expel them.”
Regarding Thursday’s incident he said it took place inside the student canteen in front of over a hundred students, including freshmen as well as seniors.
“It was around ten in the morning. We still do not know how many, but we believe around a dozen or so boys and girls were involved,” he stated. “The freshers, including the girl who fainted, joined only three weeks ago,” he added,
When asked what action has been taken, he said, “one girl involved in the incident has been suspended”. Meanwhile, regarding the girl who had fainted, he said “her status is being monitored. She has been transferred to the Colombo Neurosurgical Unit. According to the consultant surgeon she is stable. However, we have come to know that she has a history of injuries to the spinal cord.”