University Ragging Has Caused
Murder And Must be Outlawed.
Periscope-Global Sinhala Village for LankaWeb
Correction to article under heading "University Ragging Has
Caused Murder And Must be Outlawed"
It was mistakenly reported in the above article that the victim in the
University Campus Murder was Mr. Deshantha Ajantha Kumara due to a mixup
of the information received and is in fact reported to be the alleged
suspect.The Deceased victim is said to be Mr. Owitigala Vithane Samantha.The
error is regretted.
Global Sinhala Village for LankaWeb
University Ragging Has Caused Murder
And Must be Outlawed.
The brutal murder of 3rd year undergraduate Mr. Owitigalage Vithana
Samantha at the Sri Jayawardenapura University Campus leaves behind
the shocking relaization that institutionalized ragging of freshmen
students, that most sickening of traditions (whose notoriety and origins
surely come from the British) still lingers on despite the compassionate
Buddhist nature of the country which once drove the British away traditions
To compound the monstrosity of the murder there are reports that political
differences may have fomented the fires of hatred towards the victim
who belonged to a rival political faction to that of the alleged ringleader
in the crime a Mr.Deshantha Ajantha Kumara leader of a JVP faction within
the University which is being currently reviewed in Parliament as to
Ragging since the inception of the University Education System in Sri
Lanka seems to have prevailed unfortunately despite much opposition
to it by many, synonymous with the unfortunate student who has fallen
to its wretched effects and goes back to a time when the Island was
known as Ceylon.Needless to say ragging was rampant during the British
era throughout the Island as much as it is in Britain today and no attempt
to stamp it out ever succeeded due to some moronic concept by some of
the more asinine Peers of the Education System that it was good for
character building of freshmen which would strengthen their personal
mettle etc. and best endured without protestation.Perhaps a standard
good enough for the Brits. but not for Sri Lanka where little is often
left to moderation especially on University Campuses supercharged with
Paradoxically rather than character building which it is mistakenly
reputed for, in many instances it has all but destroyed self confidences
and the moral needed to continue a course of studies which at the best
of times times is tremendously arduous and requires great concentration.
There was a time when new students were seen crawling along sewage systems,
being forced into mortuaries to retrieve cadavers, female students exposed
to mild sexual abuse 'Considered harmless'by their perpetrators and
many other forms of heinous attrocities commited in the name of Ragging
but never has there been brutality of such a disgusting and sickening
nature enough to take the life of an innocent yet dedicated student
who belonged to a small band of compassionate activators of righteousness
who opposed the deplorable cause of ragging.
Its about time the authorities of the Education System as well as Law
Enforcement Agencies initiated legislation and necessary action to outlaw
the wretched practise and impose severe punishments for those who persisit
in continuing it ere further loss of lives and limbs are incurred.
Unfortunately there is also the infiltration of political idealogies
and dogmas into the University environment almost as a rule where political
factions soon form themselves into rival cells and the seeds of political
rivalry and hatred begin to propagate in an environment where it should
be outlawed and banned for the sake of posterity at least as there have
been reports related to the incident which resulted in the death of
Mr.Samantha of political rivalry and mob violence which catapulted itself
into the brutal killing where computer monitors sticks and stones were
used against the victim to beat him to death by rival political opponents
to settle their scores.
At the pinnacle of education in a tolerant society there still seems
to exist the blood lust and a desire to kill in a manner both shameful
and despicable and has to be viewed very seriously as a threat to Sri
Lankan soceity for generations to come which goes far beyond the norms
of decency and cannot be dispelled as an off shoot of mere freshmen
ragging.And before it is further ingrained into the Sri Lankan Educational
Institution it has to be eradicated.
Ragging nevertheless as a tradition in any form is grisly and inhumane
and must be completely banned and outlawed in order to maintain a respectful
and dignified environment of sanity conducive to the pursuit of higher
academics within all Universities and anywhere else it has been practised
and those who initiate it and continue to do so severely punished and
incapacitated and their rationale towards ragging completely destroyed
to the point where it will never surface!
Global Sinhala Village Village extends heartfelt condolences to the
family of Mr.Owitigalage Vithana Samantha indeed a Prince and a legend
in his own time who stood up bravely to oppose what his convictions
led him to beleive and paid the ultimate price for it. He will never
be forgotten and may his fight continue It is hoped that his murderers
including the alleged suspect will be brought to justice swiftly.
May His Soul Attain Eternal Peace and Nibbana.