The Federation of University Teachers Associations (FUTA) have blamed student organizations including the Inter-University Students Federation (IUSF) and the University administrations for keeping mum on ragging in State universities.
In the latest incident, a 21-year-old second-year undergraduate of the Faculty of Arts of the University of Peradeniya who is the son of a High Court Judge, was assaulted last Wednesday by a group of third-year students.
The student has been hospitalized and the suspects are yet to be arrested by the police.
While expressing ignorance of the particular incident, president of the FUTA, Dr. Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri said that ragging including acts of assault, harassment and physical and mental intimidation that could normally be seen even within the premises of the University of Colombo.
“Just this week, there was a big student gathering in the premises of the University of Colombo and upon inquiring from undergraduates I found out that the gathering was for the purpose of giving nicknames to freshers and juniors. Prior to being given nicknames, they were physically assaulted,” he narrated.
“No one complains of ragging as it is considered part of the University sub-culture, and victims do the same to those in upcoming batches and therefore the practice of ragging continues”, he explained.
He was also of the view that law enforcement did not work in this regard.
Dr Dewasiri emphasized the lack of a proper discussion between lecturers, administrative sections and students as being part of the issue.
“Administrations don’t honestly address the issue in a proper, legitimate and constructive manner. FUTA has expressed an opinion of zero tolerance in a very clear manner,” he said.