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Galle Labuduwa HND ragging case:

Victim receives Rs. 600,000 for settlement

A victim student of a ragging incident at the Sri Lanka Institute of Higher Technological Education (SLIATE) HND in Labuduwa, Galle was paid Rs. 600,000 as compensation for the settlement of a case against a male student and four female students of the same institute as the respective lawsuit was trialled before Galle Additional Magistrate Pavitra Sanjeewani Pathirana.

The Additional Magistrate allowed the settlement of the case following the agreement of both parties.

Out of the five accused who had been charged for the offence of ragging, the first, the second and the fifth respondents paid the above compensation while the third and the fourth suspects arrived at a settlement without paying compensation.

It was revealed at the trial that the victim, a resident of Ihala Beligalla in Beliatta who entered the institute on May 14, 2018, was currently staying at home after having given up the course.

In her complaint to the police, the victim had stated that on admission to the institute she had boarded in a room of a two-story house recommended by a senior student together with six other students.

Following her stay at the boarding house, these senior students had entered her room at different intervals and ragged her, she had stated.

She had also complained that on May 30, the senior students had ordered her to kneel down in front of the canteen in the institute and she was asked to keep on saluting the senior students with hands while shouting abusive words.

She had further told the police that as she could not bear the abuse, humiliation or harassment of senior students, she left the institution and returned home.

Moreover, the dean of the SLIATE on June 4 had also lodged a separate complaint at the police requesting an investigation into the alleged incidents of ragging.

Following investigations, a group of officers of the Akmeemana Police had arrested the aforementioned male student together with the four female students on charges of unlawful gathering, inflicting criminal force, supporting to carry out the same offence, and abuse.

Subsequently, they had been produced before the Galle Magistrate who remanded them. Later, they had been released on a cash bail of Rs. 15,000 and a surety of Rs. 200,000 each.

However, the Additional Magistrate who allowed the settlement of the case comprehensively counselled the accused over their act of offensiveness and ordered to pay the corresponding compensation.

Attorney Lalith Pathirana with Rajani Abeywickrama appeared for the suspects while IP Wickramathanthri and Sergeant Sarathchandra (59111) prosecuted.


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