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Ragging menace continues despite SC directives
According to a report, every year nine teenagers are killed and many more get seriously hurt, traumatised or disabled due to ragging by their seniors. Even there are some social networking sites where there are communities on how to conduct ragging
WITH MANY brutal cases of ragging going unreported, the scourge that most recently caused the death of a medical student and led another to attempt suicide continues to traumatise scores across the country. And all this, is happening despite a Supreme Court directive to colleges to curb ragging.

Two horrible incidents of ragging were reported within a week. The daughter of a veterinary compounder at Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh, consumed a chemical on February 27, alleging ragging by seniors in the College of Agricultural Engineering hostel at Bapatla in Guntur district. Timely intervention by doctors saved her life. She informed her family that her seniors wanted her and other girls to dance nude in the hostel room, making her life miserable.

In an another incident, 19-year-old Aman Kachroo, a first-year student of Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Himachal Pradesh, succumbed to his injuries after being ragged by four senior students. A bright future came to an end in the tragedy.

Taking a serious note of the growing incidents of ragging in educational premises, the Apex court in February, accepted the KR Raghavan Committee’s recommendations to curb the menace. But nothing has helped so far. The menace continues, with many innocents becoming its victims. According to a report in the ‘Hindu’, investigations reveal that campus committees against ragging are hardly functional.

What’s wrong with the youth today is very difficult to understand. There have been several such incidents which took place in the past but they have yet to learn any lesson out of this.

Even there are some social networking sites where there are communities for how to conduct ragging etc. Students invite ideas on how to rag. “Ragging is an organised crime as students prepare months before the new academic year starts. Students invite ideas on networking sites like Orkut for ragging juniors,” says Kashal Banerjee, founder and president of NGO called Society Against Violence in Education (SAVE), the only registered anti-ragging NGO in India.

According to a report by this NGO, every year nine teenagers are killed and hundreds of them get seriously hurt, traumatised or disabled due to ragging by their seniors.

And what is strange is that despite a very stringent direction by the SC to take tough action including lodging criminal cases against erring students, the menace is highly unchecked.

It seems that all these directions have failed to deter the students with criminal mind in school or college premises. Do we need some more action? Where are the loopholes? What is required to make anti-ragging activities more effective? Why have the authorities in educational institutes totally failed in curbing this menace? These are the some of the pertinent questions that our leaders and authorities have to answer.

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