Where: New Delhi, India
March 16, 2009 : Ragging was at one time considered to be a fun way for seniors to interact with freshers in college. It has now become nothing less than systematic torture by bullying groups of seniors.
Three shocking ragging incidents occurred in the past week. Aman Kachroo, a student of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, died of head injuries on March 8, 2009. He had complained to the authorities earlier that he was being assaulted by a group of seniors from the time he joined college. Their last attack took his life. Four students were arrested. A Bench comprising two Justices of the Supreme Court issued notices to the college Principal and Registrar.
In another incident, a girl student of Agriculture and Engineering College, Bapatla, Andhra Pradesh, attempted suicide because her seniors forced her to perform an obscene dance. In the Capital’s outskirts, in Gurgaon, Nishant Gharsa, a student at the Anupama College of Engineering, was beaten up severely and had to be admitted to hospital with internal injuries and bleeding.
The Supreme Court had issued directions in the past based on the Raghavan Committee report to prevent ragging. It was legally binding upon the educational institutions to carry out these directions. Now the Court has declared that it is time to consider cutting off financial aid from the Government to institutions that violate the Court’s direction.