Colombo University Arts Faculty Teachers Union (AFTA-CU) has expressed their concern over an increase in ragging among students, pointing out there has been a breakdown of democracy within the faculty as a result of these incidents.
Issuing a statement, the AFTA-CU has stated the increase in ragging incidents during the past couple of months has targeted students as well as academics who hold dissenting views. They have noted that the hike in ragging with the Arts faculty is appalling particularly since its student population is overwhelmingly female.
“Our association maintains a position of zero –tolerance on harassment and violence carried out on freshers under the pretense of welcoming, familiarizing and developing friendships with them,” the union has said in their statement adding that they unconditionally and unequivocally condemns ragging or any other action that inflicts physical or mental violence on others.
Furthermore in their statement, the AFTA-CU has urged the authorities to take immediate and decisive disciplinary action against the anti-democratic behavior developing among students of the Arts Faculty and has also called upon all student groups to put an immediate stop to the ragging and related incidents.