By Indo-Asian News Service on Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Nine students of Government Dental College here were Tuesday suspended for indulging in ragging, official sources said.
According to college authorities, seven students of the first year were allegedly ragged by 10 of their seniors.
“The incident took place Friday when the students were asked to perform various activities in the name of ‘introduction’. Later, the juniors were also ragged outside the college campus at a private hostel where they stay,” dean B.M. Srivastava told IANS.
However, the case was brought to the notice of the authorities Saturday.
“We immediately decided to conduct an enquiry and suspended nine students within hours of getting the report,” Srivastava added.
Meanwhile, 21-year-old Vikas Omprakash, a B.Pharma student, has reportedly approached the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) for help and got a complaint of ragging registered with the city police.
The police said the complainant had been beaten up by seniors near the railway station. The police have registered a case against unidentified students.
Ragging has been the focus of a number of legal actions in India in recent years. The Supreme Court of India has taken a strong stand to prevent ragging in the country and has made it obligatory for academic institutions to file official FIRs with the police in any instance of a complaint of ragging.