The Human Rights Commission of Sri Lanka (HRCSL) observed that the way the community recently reacted in the aftermath of a rumour surrounding a child, leading to the denial of the right to education, was reflectant of an attitudinal problem.

Media Spokesman of the HRCSL, Attorney-at-Law Saliya Pieris noted any student who is affected by HIV has the right for education and could attend any school.

“The laws required to tackle such a situation are already in place. In such a context, if a child is not being taken in to a school, courts can issue a directive stating that the child must be allowed in. Law alone cannot stop discrimination,” he elaborated.

He said that it was more the social aspects than the legal aspects which needed looking into.

Some suggested that the mother of the child be taken away while others stated that the child himself be removed, he explained, adding that all of this suggested not only a problem with regards to attitude but also a lack of understanding on the part of all involved.