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Government to strictly enforce law to ban ragging – Kiriella

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:52 GMT, May 14, 2016 |
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Minister of Higher Education and Highways Lakshman Kiriella said the Sri Lankan government will strictly enforce the law banning the ragging in state’s higher education institutions.

Although the law banning the inhumane practice of ragging has been passed in the parliament ragging still continues in Sri Lanka universities as the law is not strictly enforced, the Higher Education Minister said.

“Ragging is prohibited through a bill in Parliament. The Parliament has passed a set of laws that allow students who engage in ragging to be punished. But what has happened is that the law is not operational,” the Minister has said in a statement.

“As a government, we will enforce the law accordingly. This is good governance; it was in the past that the law wasn’t operational. During the previous regime journalists were killed, media organizations were set ablaze, people were kidnapped, the Chief Justice was removed, etc. That was a time where injustice ruled, but as a good governing regime we will enforce the law accordingly,” he has said.