May 12, Puttalam: Sri Lanka's Puttalam High Court Judge Priyantha Fernando today ruled that former Northwestern Provincial Councilor Ananda Sarath Kumara guilty for forcing a female school teacher to kneel down in the school while on duty.
The ruling alliance politician humiliated a female teacher of Navagaththegama Navodya School over a disciplinary matter related to his daughter while she was on duty in June 2013.
The former Provincial Councilor forced the teacher to kneel down in her class as a punishment for reprimanding his daughter for wearing a short school uniform in violation of school's code of conduct.
The teacher backed by the Ceylon Teachers' Union fought for her rights.
The ruling party expelled the errant member and ordered him to resign from his Council post.
The accused was sentenced for two years rigorous imprisonment which was suspended for seven years.
He was further ordered to pay damage of Rs. 300,000 to the teacher. Another fine of Rs. 50,000 was also imposed on him.
The victimized teacher Susila Herath said that she would utilize the compensation for a scholarship fund for students.