January 17, 2003University administrators try to calm campuses after an opponent of the practice is killed At first, Wimala Perera could not comprehend what the woman was saying. Mrs. Perera's son had been attacked and was in the hospital. He was in serious condition. She must hurry.
The woman had to be mistaken, Mrs. Perera thought. Her youngest child, Samantha O. Withanage, was in class at Sri Jayawardhanapura University, only a few blocks from the family home on the outskirts of the capital.