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Four students of a private university here have been booked for allegedly ragging their junior at the campus, police said
Taking a serious view of incidents of alleged ragging in two professional colleges, the Kerala government has sought a rep
As many as 21 students of a government medical college in Manjeri here have been placed under suspension for allegedly rag
Five of the seven students accused in the ragging case in government polytechnic, in which a first year student suffered k
Six final year students,including three girls, of a private college near Vadakara here have been arrested on charges
Two Class XI students were injured in an alleged incident of ragging at the Delhi Public School hostel in Noida Sector 30
A 19-year-old student, who was studying in an engineering college in Chennai and came home on Diwali, hanged himself at hi
A first-year engineering student of a private college here allegedly committed suicide reportedly after being ragged by hi
A resident doctor of a state-run college here has been suspended for a week for allegedly harassing a junior and the autho
Six resident doctors of a state-run medical college here have been booked for allegedly harassing a junior doctor, police
Vir Sanghvi in his weekly counterpoint takes off from the sad, tragic death of Aman Kachroo, and goes on to make three practical suggestions, including the one by Prof Raj Kachroo, Aman’s father:
He says that there should be an anti-ragging website where every student who is registered at an Indian university should be directed. The site will have a film about ragging and it will be mandatory for all students to register on the site, after which they should sign an affidavit and get a unique identification number like an airline PNR. That way the moment a complaint comes in we will be able to identify both perpetrator and victim.
It should be possible for anyone who is ragged to either complain on the site or to call an anti-ragging helpline. The organization (a mix of civil society and government) should be able to call the college within minutes of receiving the complaint and demand that action is taken against the perpetrators. If the college principal does not act, he should be sacked or jailed.
The advantage of Prof Kachroo’s suggestions is that they do not require too much government intervention. They use communications technology and involve civil society, not just the babus. They seem to me to be a good starting point for action.
Read the full piece here
One more medical student, 19-year-old Aman Kachroo, has been brutally killed in the name of "ragging". Who is to blame? What can be done? Shivam Vij cuts to the chase in kafila.org:
This was in an interim order of the [Supreme] Court in May 2007, nearly 2 years ago. That has not been able to prevent Kachroo’s murder. I have no doubt that more ragging deaths will take place. You can read here a critique of the interim order by me.
If only Aman Kachroo had been able to call a helpline number or email somebody, anonymously, and write that this kind of ragging was going on, and a fact-finding team had immediately visited his college, not only could the death have been prevented but also possibly Kachroo could have enjoyed his college life without even the mandatory ostracisation that freshers who speak up against ragging have to face in their college and hostel. The setting up of such a helpine on the model of Childline was one of the recommendations of the Raghavan committee. But can the Supreme Court set up something like that? Surely, that is the domain of the executive and not the judiciary. An HRD Joint Secretary is Member Secretary of the Raghavan Committee, but the HRD won’t do anything because, well, the SC is looking into it.
To model the helpline around Childline was suggested by HRD Joint Secretary Sunil Kumar himself, but that would need identifying and funding NGO’s to do that. The Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education is ready, but the HRD forgot about this and the SC had no comment.
So two things needed to prevent ragging: a law and a helpline. Simple.
Read the full article here: Why Aman Kachroo’s Won’t Be The Last Ragging Death And What His Parents Should Do