Monday, February 18, 2008

[NewIndPress] Anti-ragging meet in front of CET

Monday February 18 2008 11:51 IST

T’PURAM: An anti-ragging meet will be organised in front of the College of Engineering Trivandrum on February 21 by the Action Council as part of the agitational programmes on the issue of ragging of a Dalit student of the college allegedly by the SFI activists.

Action Council chairman and JSS leader K.K. Shaju MLA said here on Saturday that the agitational programmes will be intensified in the coming days by organising a people’s march to the college unless action was taken against the culprits.

Shaju said that Arjun, a second year Electronics and Communication student, was ragged by his seniors on January 16 night. He alleged that the college authorities and the PTA all came to the rescue of the culprits and the very word `ragging’ has been excluded from the FIR by the police.

The Action Council alleged that the college authorities were on the move to expel Arjun from the college. The Action Council comprises various organisations like KSU, AIDSO, ABVP, SIO and Youth Congress, Yuva Morcha, KPMS, BSP, Dalit Seva Samithi, Janakiya Prathirodha Samithi and JSS.

More organisations will be included in the Samithi, its leaders said.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

[InsideKerala] Ragging victim laid to rest

Saturday, 16.02.2008, 02:40am (GMT)

Thaliparamba: The body of Sanu Kuriakose, 21, who was killed in a brutal incident of ragging at a private college in Erode in Tamil Nadu, was laid to rest at Vilakkannur here on Wednesday. The death of Sanu following inhuman acts of torture resorted to by a gang of senior students was a shock to the entire village of Vilakkannur. Sanu, who was a second year BSc Catering student of Erod Chitod Amman Arts and Science College had been severely beaten up by a group of Malayalee students of the same college in the guise of ragging on Sunday. A kick on his stomach inflicted by the group turned fatal and he died at the hospital later. The college had earned much notoriety for ragging, according to some of the students who accompanied the body of Sanu. The parents of Sanu were making use of loans taken from banks to provide professional education to their son.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

[NewIndPress] Assault and ragging bid: 5 students hospitalised

Saturday February 16 2008 11:40 IST

THRISSUR: Four KSU activists and one SFI activist of the Government Law College here were admitted to the district hospital following alleged assault and ragging attempt by an eight-member group of SFI students of the college on Friday.

The four first-year KSU students admitted to the hospital- Rohit Krishna Das, Faizal, Vinod and Irshad- alleged that the eight-member group of SFI activists had asked Rohit Krishna Das to undress while he was in the classroom.

When the other three tried to protect Krishna Das, they were assaulted by the SFI activists.

The KSU activists said that the group which tried to assault them included two first year students and six senior students of the college.

One among them, M.C. Sandeep, was admitted to the hospital.

Police said that a case had been registered and investigation was on.

[ExpressIndia] Student ‘ragged’ in Sinhagad institute hostel’ in Sinhagad institute hostel

Pune, February 15 A master’s student in marketing management at the Sinhagad Institute of Management in Wadgaon Budruk has been rusticated for allegedly indulging in the ragging of his classmate at the boys’ hostel last week. No police complaint has been lodged in the case. The victim was allegedly made to “lick chappals and drink urine.”

The management had to take this action after a clutch of organisations, including the Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS), Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Sanghatna (ABVS) and Punekar Vidyarthi Kruti Samiti (PVKS) held protests and demanded action against the guilty.

A letter signed by the institute director Dr Rajashree Shinde states: “Mr Chandratul, student of SIM, Wadgaon of second year of MMM course, was found guilty of indiscipline in the institute hostel and misbehaved with his classmates. This was a serious matter and amounts to gross violation of disciplinary rules in the institute and hostel premises. Pending final decision, he stands rusticated from the institute and boys’ hostel for the academic year 2007-08 forthwith.”

Ram Borkar, president of Kothrud MNS, Mandar Joshi of PVKS and Dilip Singh of ABVS who demanded action against the guilty student, said, “Last week, a local guardian of a student named Mohnish (name changed) from Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh, brought the victim to us. The youngster told us that one of his classmates attempted to rag him. He said he was even asked to lick the chappals and drink urine. However, the student ran away from the hostel and approached us.”

Then the members of the organisations approached Prof M N Navale, founder-president of the institute, who on Monday last promised to look into the matter after his outstation commitments. Finally, these organisations demanded action against the guilty, to which the authorities had to accede.

A top office-bearer of Sinhagad Technical Education Society denied there was a case of ragging in the institute and said the matter had been blown out of proportion.

“This is the month of February. After some time, exams would be held. So why would a student indulge in ragging at this point of time? There is a minor problem amongst the two boys which could be sorted out. However, we have initiated action against the boy concerned, and he has been rusticated as of now.”

Thursday, February 14, 2008

[NewIndPress] Ragging: Classes yet to resume at CET

Thursday February 14 2008 11:35 IST
Express News Service

T’PURAM: Classes at the College of Engineering Thiruvananthapuram (CET) were suspended for yet another day on Wednesday with the ragging issue refusing to subside inside the campus even two weeks after a fourth semester student made allegations of assault against his seniors.

On Wednesday, the SFI activists of the college burnt the college council in effigy demanding action against Arjun, the fourth semester Electronics student, alleging that it was he who ragged first year students. Arjun, who was admitted to the Medical College Hospital on January 31, had alleged that some college students owing allegiance to SFI had ragged and assaulted him for four days after locking him up in a hostel room from January 16. The All India Democratic Students’ Organisation had also come in support of Arjun.

However, the SFI activists of the college maintained that it was Arjun who ragged and collected money from first year students. Around 20 first years had complained after the incident that Arjun had levied money from them.

Meanwhile, college principal J.Latha said that the inquiry committee on the incident had the not taken any disciplinary action against either party. “We could not find any substantial evidence against either party. So we did not take any action against them,” she said. She added that the committee was sceptical about the first year students’ complaints as all the complaints were received after Arjun’s allegations.

The principal has now ordered an internal inquiry into the complaint of Karthik, a first year student, who had made ragging allegations against Arjun before the whole issue.

“But we are not being able to contact Arjun for taking his statement. Today, we sent a registered letter to his house,” the principal said.

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

[ToI] Mumbai-based engineering student hangs himself

4 Feb 2008, 1510 hrs IST,PTI

CHIPLUN: A Mumbai-based engineering student allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room by hanging himself, police said on Monday.

The 21-year old, pursuing his engineering degree from Mandar Education Society College took the extreme step on Sunday night after he locked himself in the room, they said.

The incident came to light when his hostel mates gave him a call for dinner and did not receive a response, following which the door was broke open to find him hanging from the fan, police said adding that a case of ragging cannot be ruled out.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

[NewIndPress] Ragging a violation of human rights

Sunday February 3 2008 06:14 IST


THRISSUR: Ragging is a serious violation of human rights, said Health Secretary Usha Titus.

Presenting a paper on ''Challenges faced by medical fraternity'' organised by Jubilee Mission Medical College here on Saturday, she said that even in foreign countries ragging of the sort found in our country was unheard of.

She said that it was the fundamental responsibility of the doctor to give primary care to his patients. Over-specialisation and compartmentalisation were detrimental to patients.

District Collector M Beena presided over the function. Jubilee Mission Medical College principal Dr V K Ramankutty, director Fr Dr Francis Alapatt and college union chairman A Ahmed also spoke.