Prohibition Of Ragging And Other Forms Of Violence In Educational Institutions act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

2. Ragging.

3. Criminal intimidation.

4. Hostage taking.

5. Wrongful restraint.

6. Unlawful confinement.

7. Forcible occupation and damage to property of an educational Institution.

8. Orders of expulsion or dismissal.

9. Bail.

10. Certain Provisions of the Code of Criminal Procedure Act not to apply to persons convicted or found guilty of an offence under this Act.

11. Offences under this Act deemed to be cognizable offences.

12. Certificate.

13. Admissibility of statement in evidence.

14. Provisions of this Act to be in addition to and not in derogation of the provisions of the Penal Code.

15. Priority for trials and appeals under this Act.

16. Sinhala text to Prevail in case of inconsistency.

17. Interpretation.

20 of 1998.

AN ACT to eliminate Ragging and other Forms of Violence, and Cruel, Inhuman and degrading Treatment, from Educational Institutions.

[Date of Commencement: 29th April, 1998]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Prohibition of Ragging and Other Forms of Violence in Educational Institutions Act.

2. Ragging.

(1) Any person who commits, or participates in ragging, within or outside an educational institution, shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction after summary trial before a Magistrate be liable, to rigorous imprisonment for a term, not exceeding two years and may also be ordered to pay compensation of an amount determined by the court, to the person in respect of whom the offence was committed for the injuries caused to such person.

(2) A person who, whilst committing ragging causes sexual harassment or grievous hurt to any student or a member of the staff, of an educational institution shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction after summary trial before a Magistrate be liable to imprisonment for a term, not exceeding ten years and may-also be ordered to pay compensation of an amount determined by the court, to the person in respect of whom the offence was committed for the injuries caused to such person.

3. Criminal intimidation.

Any person who, within or outside an educational institution, threatens, verbally or in writing, to cause injury to the person, reputation or property of any student or a member of the staff, of an educational institution (in this section referred to as "the victim”) or to the person, reputation or property of some other person in whom the victim is interested, with the intention of causing fear in the victim or of compelling the victim to do any act which the victim is not legally required to do, or to omit to do any act which the victim is entitled to do, shall be guilty of an offence under this Act and shall on conviction after summary trial before a Magistrate be liable to rigorous imprisonment for a term, not exceeding five years.

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