Probe on ragging video

An investigation has been launched into a video containing visuals of students being ragged at a university, which was distributed to some media outlets by a group campaigning against raging in universities.

Convener of the Anti-Ragging Students’ Collective Yukthi Ekadeera told the Colombo Gazette that officers from the police intelligence unit had visited his house in Chilaw to record a statement from him and obtain a copy of the video.

There was a huge public outcry after the video was published on the YouTube channel of the Colombo Gazette and also on Derana and Swarnavahini.

The video shows new university entrants being humiliated and forced to roll on mud, have paint all over their clothes and faces and later be bathed with water.

Ekadeera said that ragging has left 15 dead and 25 paralyzed over the past few years while a further 6000 students had left university, 2 committed suicide and 2 were raped.

Meanwhile Ekadeera also said that although the student who gave the video to his organization had claimed it shows visuals of ragging at the Ruhuna campus, the claim was later found to be misleading.

He said that the ragging had actually taken place at another university in 2010 and was videoed by a student who had handed later over a copy to a friend who shared it with Anti-Ragging Students’ Collective. (Colombo Gazette)