It is very sad to notice that the problems of HND students and their struggle towards the stated expected recognition that they fight for in the study programme has not adequately been attended by the authorities through the past to-date. The same students were brutally attacked by the police under the previous regime on 22nd December, 2014 in front of the University Grants Commission at a demonstration. It’s extremely distressing to observe that, the current government as well to follow the same old act of portfolio over issues without seeking for agreeable solutions.
However, as we strongly accept, the violence is not the only option for getting a problem solved under a democratic structure of a country. Furthermore, as we understand, dragging the problem unresolved for ages and ages have made the issue more virulent and taken the students to the street again.
We, as FUTA, hereby condemn the atrocious way that the police attacked the HND students in front of the University Grants Commission on 29th October and we further state that such attacks do not in any means support of solutions for matters in this nature. As we clearly noticed, the way that the male police officers beaten specially the female students with batons undoubtedly exhibit one of the dark silhouettes of “violence against women” in Sri Lanka.
We hereby urge the government of Sri Lanka to call upon an immediate investigation into the attack bring the guilty if found before the law and take measures to avoid such unfortunate incidents in the future and safeguard the right of all citizens of the country
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Dr. Primal Fernando Dr. A. W. Wijeratne