Cyber Ragging Racket at Jaffna Uni
By Ruwantha Nithulgaspitiya and K.L. Suraweera (Kandy)
A group of senior undergraduates of the Management Faculty of the Jaffna University have initiated a novel, hi-tech method of ragging, to humiliate First Year undergraduates, Ceylon Today learns.
According to reliable sources, two male undergraduates and two female undergraduates had forced new entrants to send them nude photos, videos and acts of masturbation, on WhatsApp and other social media platforms. Those who had refused to heed to their demands had been warned against visiting the University.
The group of seniors, which includes Third and Final Year undergraduates, had subjected nearly 120 First Year undergraduates to this form of ragging, sources revealed. Most of the First Year undergraduates had sent such photos, sources added.
During the past few months most of the lectures had been conducted online due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the ragging had started during this period.
Sources also said due to this form of ragging, a number of First Year undergraduates have expressed unwillingness to return to the University to recommence their studies.
It is also said that although this situation had been brought to the notice of the management of the University, through an external party, the management had failed to act on it to date.
Meanwhile, in a related development, the management of the Peradeniya University yesterday (16) took the decision to prohibit Second Year undergraduates of its Engineering Faculty from entering the University premises, based on a spate of complaints received regarding acts of ragging. As a result of this decision, the management of the University had informed all Second Year undergraduates of the Engineering Faculty in hostels to vacate the premises forthwith.
Vice Chancellor of the Peradeniya University, Professor Upul Dissanayake said the management had arrived at this decision after having perused a series of complaints lodged by the parents of First Year undergraduates who had alleged that they had been subjected to ragging by Second Year undergraduates. He added that hence the studies of only the Second Year undergraduates will be suspended temporarily but noted that the activities of the rest of the Faculties will continue.