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 Ragging Prevention Efforts at the Faculty of Medicine
University of Kelaniya 

A symposium on ragging and other form of violence and the preventive efforts of the Faculty of Medicine University of Kelaniya was held on 21st of February 2018 at the pre-clinical auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine commencing from 8.00 a.m. to 10.30 a.m.

Mr. Duminda Nuwan and  Mr. Indika Perera  4th Year Medical Students commenced the symposium addressing ‘Ragging related Violence in Sri Lanka: The extent of the problem’ followed by Prof. Nilanthi de Silva, Dean Faculty of Medicine with the topic ‘Ragging & other forms of violence in the Faculty of Medicine Kelaniya and the response of the administration.

Third speaker for the symposium was Mr. Dileepa Peeris, Deputy Solicitor General, Attorney Generals Department of Sri Lanka. He spoke on the Laws regarding Ragging in Sri Lanka and its effects from a prosecutor’s view. Mr Peeris explained the Act No 20 of Prohibition of Ragging and other forms of violence in Educational Institutes of Sri Lanka in detail. Then Prof. Shehan Williams, Consultant Psychiatrist & Professor in Psychiatry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya addressed the students on “Psychosocial effects of ragging and other forms of violence”. Professor Williams explained the herd mentality and how it leads to collective violence where individually people will never do. Final speaker of the day was the Editor of the Student’s Union Mr. Chameera Vithanage on the ‘Commitment of the Student Union for Prevention of Ragging in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Kelaniya’. The symposium was attended by the 29th Batch of students who are going to be the immediate seniors.  Prof. Anuruddhi Edirisinghe, Dr. Thusita Wicramasinghe and Dr. Deepa Gunasekara organized the symposium.