Thursday, January 24, 2008

[SaharaSamay] Three youths arrested for extortion

Posted at Wednesday, 23 January 2008 20:01 IST

Mumbai, Jan 23: Mumbai police has arrested three youths who used to extort money from the students, belonging to rich families, studying at Jhujhunwala College in Ghatkopar area, Samay sources said.

Channel sources added that these boys got involved in this crime to lead a lavish life. They would first sport moneyed students and then extort money from them in the name of protecting them from college ragging.

The surprising fact was that these boys were not from that college.

They would call it protection money and made it an easy business.

Police is further probing the case.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

[Hindu] Students desert hostel after group clash

Dhanbad (Bihar) (PTI): Students have fled the hostel at the state-run Dhanbad Polytechnic after police raids which were conducted even on Monday following a campus clash on Friday.

Superintendent of Police, Dhanbad, Sheetal Orao said he had received complaint of ragging and legal action would be taken against those found guilty.

The police have been making raids looking for two students since Friday, following which the students at the hostel have left, Orao said.

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

[NewIndPress] Four accused surrender

Tuesday January 8 2008 11:39 IST
Express News Service

THRISSUR: Four students of Kerala Agricultural University’s College of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Mannuthy, allegedly involved in ragging a first year student of the college, surrendered before the Dy SP here on Sunday late night.

The surrendered students are- Berin P Varghese, 22, Abin Mathew, 20, R Assim, 19, and T M Ajas Muhammed, 22.

Another student allegedly involved in the case, Arun Raj, 23, was arrested by police on Saturday and was produced before the judicial magistrate here, who remanded him till January 18.

Police said that the surrendered students would be produced before the magistrate on Tuesday.

The five accused students had ragged a first year student of the college - Manu from Neyyattankara - in the college hostel on October 22. Following the ragging, Manu had attempted to commit suicide by cutting vein on his hand.

Manu had identified the five accused from the photos in the college register.

The accused students were absconding despite rejection of their anticipatory bail applications by the district court and High Court.

Saturday, January 05, 2008

[ToI] Varsity to crack whip on ragging

5 Jan 2008, 0421 hrs IST,TNN

NAGPUR: The RTM Nagpur University has decided to act tough to prevent cases of ragging. After second such incident in the university’s hostel at Law College Square on Sunday, vice chancellor S N Pathan on Friday directed the hostel warden to expel accused Samad Baig.

The VC’s orders came after a panel appointed under registrar Subhash Belsare submitted its report. The panel reportedly recommended the VC to expel the accused to ease tension prevailing on the premises.

Accordingly, the vice chancellor directed the temporary warden Arun Patil to remove Baig. Belsare confirmed the VC’s orders. The panel submitted its report after interacting with both accused and victim and also with eye-witness and friends. The accused pleaded that they’re innocent and were being falsely implicated.

The trouble started on Sunday when Sachin Walke, a first year student, lodged a police complaint of alleged mental and physical harassment by two seniors.

[InsideKerala] Ragging: HC declines to order payment of compensations

Friday, 04.01.2008, 04:42am (GMT)

Kochi: The Kerala High Court on Wednesday decline to order payment compensation to an engineering student who had to discontinue studies on account of unbearable ragging by a group of senior students. Ramla Makkar , mother of the student, Muhammed Shah had claimed Rs. 2 lakh as compensation from the college authorities as they had failed to take action against the erring students. The court however directed the management to return Rs. 74,405 paid as fee by the student.

Friday, January 04, 2008

[Yahoo] Ragging rampant in juvenile homes

Friday January 4, 12:53 AM

RAGGING AT Delhi government-run juvenile homes is not something new, but for the first time 12 children were shifted out of a home in North Delhi's Alipur after the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) intervened. They were given shelter in a home run by an NGO.

The organisation, Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) rescued the children, who were employed as bonded labourers in zari units located in Khanpur area of South Delhi. The sub-divisional magistrate Mehraulli Sanjay Bagaria had sent them to the Alipur juvenile home until the process for their repatriation was completed. That was the beginning of another trauma for these boys.

"The senior boys in the home used to beat them up often. They were not given proper clothing and were not allowed to sleep in cots. On Saturdays, seniors used to force them to stand for hours as part of the induction programme into the home," said Sandhya Bajaj, member of NCPCR.

Bajaj had visited the home after some of the children complained of inhuman behaviour in the homes. "I found there that such ragging was a routine affair. Every boy who goes there has to undergo this sort of ragging. What I found strange was that the authorities had turned a blind eye towards such incidents," Bajaj recalled. It was then that she asked sub-divisional magistrate Bagaria to shift them to another home. Her plea was accepted.

The case of the 12 boys is not a case in isolation. Raj Mangal Prasad of NGO Pratidhi said most of the Delhi government's juvenile homes are virtually run by senior boys aged between 16years and 18 years, due to a huge shortage of staff in the homes. "When they are the bosses, ragging is natural and part of the culture to maintain disciplines in the homes," he said.