Written by Staff Writer
21 Apr, 2016 | 9:08 pm
A consultative dialogue on preventing ragging and sexual and gender-based violence in universities, took place on Thursday, April 21.
The dialogue was organised by the University Grants Commission in collaboration with the Association of Commonwealth Universities.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe graced the occasion. The premier touched on key points that need to be addressed.
Speaking at the event the Prime Minister said:
Our fundamental rights chapter talks of equal treatment before the law, which means the law must apply to everyone and the rule of law have to prevail throughout the country.
So does it prevail within the universities or not? This is the question which has come up with ragging. Because certainly a person cannot be subject to physical or mental harassment, torture which in turn might have and impact on them either short term or long term , or even resulting them in committing suicide.
Meanwhile, Minister of University Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella noted that the vice chancellors, the academics, non-academics must take a stand against ragging and sexual gender-based violence, adding that he has not seen that happening during the short period as minister of higher education.
The dialogue is one of a series of consultation and training workshops scheduled for the next ten days by the UGC.
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