An anonymous tip-off that four female freshers had been sexually molested inside the Colombo University is being probed, Higher Education Minister S. B. Dissanayake said.
The unidentified victims have given details of their ordeal in an unsigned letter sent to the University Grants Commission (UGC) and pleaded with the authorities to take immediate action so that future acts of this nature could be prevented, the minister added.
Mr. Dissanayake said that according to the contents in the letter a group of female students were forced into a dark room in the university complex and ordered to lie on the floor.Later a group of male students are alleged to have entered the room and forced the girls to massage them. The male students could not be identified since the room was in darkness, the minister said.
He said the complaint was being treated with utmost seriousness and that a team headed by Student Affairs Director Keerthi Mahawellage had been deployed to investigate and bring the culprits to book.
The minister said the police also would be called in if necessary.