The Inter University Students Federation (IUSF) alleged that because of certain people attempted to kill her and humiliate her in the eyes of her parents as well as her neighbours, the young woman from the University of Sri Jayawardenepura (SJU) ended her life on February 8.
IUSF Convener, Sanjeewa Bandara, speaking to ‘Ceylon Today’ on the one-year suspension that had been imposed on three students of SJU, said, “These students had done nothing to warrant a punishment as harsh as a suspension. This girl had tried to commit suicide as a result of being humiliated in presence of her parents, who had been asked to meet the Vice Chancellor. The same people also sent police officers to her residence, who had thereafter spread baseless rumours about her.”
After her character had been evidently tarnished by the Vice Chancellor, the girl had tried to commit suicide by consuming 36 tablets of paracetamol on February 8, and the same night around 10.40 pm, she had been rushed to the Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Kalubowila where she is currently hospitalised.
A disciplinary inquiry has revealed the girl had done nothing wrong to deserve punishment, and the suspension had been imposed to another student, who had left the hostel without prior permission.
The students concerned said that due to the emergency that had arisen on account of the student falling ill, they left the hostel without any intimation to the authorities.
The Vice Chancellor was not available for comments, although ‘Ceylon Today’ repeatedly tried to contact him.
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