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Supreme Court directs University Vice-Chancellors

The Supreme Court ordered the Vice-Chancellors of Universities and the Inspector General of Police to submit separate reports regarding the incidents of youth  violence reported in the last three years in government universities and the measures taken regarding them so far.

Accordingly, all the Vice-Chancellors of the Government Universities and the Inspector General of Police were directed to file the reports in this regard within eight weeks.

This order was made while considering a Fundamental Rights petition related to Pasindu Harshana Silva, a first-year student Faculty of Management of Sri Jayewardhanapura University. This student was seriously injured and continues to suffer as a result of being hit by a heavy vehicle solid tyre rolled down a staircase by a group of students in 2020.

The petition was called before the Supreme Court bench of judges Buwaneka Aluvihare, Shiran Gunaratne and Priyantha Fernando. The attention of the Supreme court was drawn to the occurrence of many similar tragic incidents in universities and the fact that “ragging” had a severe impact on the education of university students.

Also, the Supreme Court ordered that the Vice Chancellors of 16 universities under the University Grants Commission and the Inspector General of Police named as respondents in this fundamental rights petition.

The Supreme Court further ordered to name the Minister of Higher Education as a respondent in the petition because it can be necessary to issue a series of regulations related to the prevention of university ragging since the Minister is an essential party for that. The petition is to be called on August 29 for further consideration.

The victim Pasindu Harshana Silva has filed this petition saying that he suffered serious injuries to his head and brain since being hit by a rolling heavy vehicle solid tyre on March 5, 2020. The petitioner student has stated in the petition that even though he was treated in the hospital for almost three months, he has not fully recovered till now.

The respondents are the Vice-Chancellor of Sri Jayawardhanapura University, the Inspector General of Police, the Attorney General and others.


Monday, June 12, 2023 – 01:00

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