Thursday, July 30, 2009

10 BHU students charged with ragging

IANS 30 July 2009, 12:17pm IST

LUCKNOW: A criminal case was lodged against 10 students of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) after they were caught ragging their juniors, officials said on Thursday.

Eight second year and two third year students of B.Tech (Applied Mathematics) were caught ragging juniors on the Assi Ghat by the university's security staff Wednesday, BHU spokesperson Rajesh Singh said.

"The university has imposed a fine of Rs.50,000 each on the students. They have been expelled from the hostel for six months and barred from attending classes for 15 days," Singh said.

Police on Thursday detained the students in the Lanka police station for questioning.

"A FIR (first information report) has been registered and we are interrogating the students," said superintendent of police (City) Vijay Bhushan.

On Tuesday, 19 B.Tech final year students -- all girls -- were fined for ragging newly admitted girls at the Indian Institute of Information Technology
(IIIT) in Allahabad.

"Besides a fine of Rs.50,000 each, the institute has also withdrawn the scholarship of the girls and they were also expelled from the hostel," said M.D. Tiwari, director of the institute.

However, no case has been lodged against the students.

Ragging in GADVASU: Three punished for roughing up junior

Manmeet Singh, TNN 29 July 2009, 11:30pm IST

LUDHIANA: Now, seniors need to get extra cautious to save themselves from charges of ragging levelled against them by their juniors. In an
interesting case, Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences university has for the second time found the complaint of ragging made by a first year student wrong.

But still, the university taking a stern action, has expelled Harkanwal Singh Grewal, a second year student of fishery sciences from the university and two second year students of dairy sciences have been debarred from attending the current semester.

Further, three classmates of the student who had alleged ragging have been put on conduct probation (warning). Dr KS Sandhu, director students welfare, informed, “We had conducted an inquiry, but found that no ragging had taken place. However, three second year students have been punished for manhandling a junior student, Prabhpreet Singh, who is a first year student.”

In a startling revelation, he disclosed that the student who had made the complaint was found to be drunk. He said though the university had already introduced the juniors to their seniors, while sitting in the mess few days ago, few seniors had asked Prabhpreet to introduce himself. Sandhu asserted that according to anti-ragging rules, he cannot be forced to do so.

However, later on July 23, when Prabhpreet was drunk, he got drawn into a brawl with his seniors for using provocative language.

Sandhu said the hostel wardens reached the place immediately and took control of the situation.

Meanwhile, Prabhpreet Singh, who had alleged ragging is admitted at Rajindra Hospital in Patiala. Police have registered a case under sections 323, 341 and 506 of IPC against the three second year students.

“Since it was a bailable offence, Harkanwal was given bail the same day,” said Beant Juneja, adding that the other two students have been identified as Ranjodh Singh and Karamjit Singh.

However, when asked whether the university would be taking any action against the student who had made the false complaint and defying university rules was drunk at the time the fight erupted, Dr Sandhu said, “Immediately after the inquiry was initiated, the boy left for his home, due to which no action could be taken against him.”

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Law student held for extortion bid

TNN 29 July 2009, 01:18am IST

PUNE: A law student was arrested on charges of ragging a commerce student of a city-based college on Tuesday. The police have identified the suspect as Neeraj Dubey (20) of Shukrawar Peth.

Joint commissioner of police (law and order) Rajendra Sonawane said Dubey is a second year law student. He had allegedly asked a man to threaten the student on his cell phone by saying that he had received blood money (supari) of Rs 5,000 for beating him.

Dubey had assured the student that he would settle the matter and demanded Rs 2,000 from him. He started harassing and teasing the student for not paying the amount since February 2009.

Sonawane said the minor student sought the help of a political activist and called Dubey on FC road for collecting the amount. When Dubey arrived, the activist and others caught him and handed him over to the police.

The student has registered a complaint of extortion against Dubey at the Deccan Gymkhana police station under the Indian Penal Code and Maharashtra Ragging Act.

19 IIIT-A students fined Rs 50K each for ragging

Mrigank Tiwari, TNN 29 July 2009, 06:20am IST

ALLAHABAD: Despite tough measures initiated in the wake of Supreme Court directives, the ugly saga of ragging continues unabated. Nineteen students of BTech final year at country’s premier IT institute, the Indian Institute of Information Technology-Allahabad, have been charged with harassing juniors and fined Rs 50,000 each.

Interestingly, both the victims and the perpetrators are girls rather than boys who almost always hog the headlines in such cases.

Institute sources told TOI that a few girl students of BTech first year who live in the girls hostel at IIIT-A, were reportedly harassed by senior hostel girls on the night of July 19. The aggrieved students immediately brought the matter to the notice of warden Dr Shveta Singh who in turn apprised the senior authorities, including the director.

Ragging victims lodge complaint

First Published : 28 Jul 2009 01:44:00 AM IST
Last Updated :

KOCHI: Even as the state and the Central governments are tightening the laws on anti-ragging, yet another horrifying incident of ragging has come to light after three students of Ayyankali Memorial Sports School at Vellayani in Thiruvananthapuram escaped from the brutal assault of their senior students and reached the Ernakulam Junction railway station here on Monday.

Railway Protection Force (RPF) officials said that the three students of sixth and eight standard reached the Ernakulam Junction after they escaped from the hostel at Vellayani where they were locked up in a room and allegedly beaten up by their seniors.

The victims identified as Anoop of Thalayolaparambu, Ashique of Pathanamthitta and Vishnu of Koothattukulam were later handed over to their relatives at Ernakulam after the RPF informed them about the incident.

The victims told the RPF officials that they were locked up in a room at the hostel by their seniors since Sunday for complaining to the hostel warden about the seniors using mobile phones on the campus.

They added that though they apprised the hostel warden of the harassment by the seniors, the warden failed to take note of it.

The children escaped from the hostel when the seniors opened the room on Monday morning. Later, they boarded a train from Thiruvananthapuram Central to reach Anoop's house at Thalayolaparambu.

The incident came to light after a co-passenger noticed assault marks on the children's body and enquired about it. The passenger informed the matter to the RPF when the train reached Ernakulam.

The seniors who were said to have ragged the boys are Sharat, Nidhin, Abhi, Anandu and Sanand.

The RPF officials said that a case was registered on the basis of a complaint lodged by the victims' relatives. They added that the case would be handed over to the Thiruvananthapuram police.

It's a missing case, say school authorities

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: The version of the school authorities regarding the ragging incident is that the three boys were found missing since Monday morning. A section of students at the school said that the three boys had stolen their money as well as mobile phone. Another section of students said that the three boys were beaten up by senior students as part of ragging.

"We have lodged a complaint with the Thiruvallam police station regarding the missing of students.

School officials were also sent to the railway station and busstand to trace the students," said a school official.

Saturday, July 25, 2009

3 students held on charge of ragging

Hisar, July 24

Three students of College of Veterinary Sciences of CCS Haryana Agricultural University were arrested last night on a charge of ragging freshers. They have been identified as Amit, Devendra and Vishal. Three others — Chirag, Abhimanyu and Parveen Yadav — were reported to be missing.

Official sources said they “forcibly” took several freshers residing in Vrindavan Hostel to the university research farm. While they were being allegedly ragged university officials reached there and rescued the freshers.

The authorities lodged a complaint with the police. A case under Sections 341, 342 and 323 of the IPC has been registered against the six students.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Rag(ging) and rants at top business school

By: Amit Singh Date: 2009-07-24 Place:Delhi

IIFT fresher ragged by seniors allegedly in an inebriated state

It's the dream institute for any aspiring management student, but for this fresher of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), the experience of the first few days was nothing less than a nightmare. Ragged by seven to eight seniors, the fresher was made to run around the college for more than half-an-hour and was asked to stand in front of the girl's hostel and shout at the highest decibel possible.

The email (a copy of which is with MiD DAY), that was written by the student's father around 1 am on July 5, read: "I am extremely sad to say that my son rang me up half-an- hour ago, complaining about the harassment faced from some of the senior students. The seniors he said were drunk and were harassing him and a few other students by asking vulgar and obscene things. This happened for around 45 minutes. And later, the seniors made my son and others run around the college and they were asked to shout things outside the girl's hostel."

"My son, pursing MBA in International Business (IB), told me there were about seven to eight seniors but he could identify only four Amandeep Mattaa, Saurabh Sipani, Sujoy and Ankit Bhutani. It is shocking to know that students holding positions in the student's bodies are also involved in this activity. Being a concerned parent, I just wanted to bring this to your notice so that such acts don't take bad form," the mail further read.

It seems ragging is still not a taboo in colleges, and instances like these only strengthen the seriousness of the act. "After receiving the email, the four students were asked to leave the hostel immediately. However, a number of junior students requested us to revoke the action against them. Later, we also received an email from the student's father requesting not to punish the boys mentioned in the earlier email," said Dr L D Mago, registrar, IIFT.

When MID DAY tried to know the version of Ankit Bhutani, one of the students named in the email, who is also the current president of the student's body, he refused to speak saying, "It's none of your business."

On request of anonymity, a First Year student of IIFT said, "Our session started from July 1 and from the same day, we were asked to line up at the seminar hall at night, which is in depleted condition with poor ventilators.

All 159 students were then made to sit in that room for hours along with few seniors. With no air conditioner and window, we kept sweating for hours.

"Though ragging was not harsh but it was no doubt embarrassing. The seniors made us introduce ourselves, sing, dance and act. All this happened till one or two in the night and continued for four to five days. In the morning, we have yoga sessions from six and hardly get three to four hours of sleep. This 'fun-session' of seniors continued for a week, before it finally stopped," added the student.

IIFT is one of the prestigious B-schools in the country, which was set up in 1963 by the government to provide foreign trade management expertise and increase exports.

Status check

According to a report by the Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE), a voluntary group, the number of ragging cases reported (between July 2008 and June 2009) are 88; number of ragging deaths are 12 and number of attempted suicides (due to ragging) are five. The previous year had 89 cases out of which 11 resulted in deaths and there were five attempted suicides.

The court says

Following the death of Amann Satya Kachroo, a First Year MBBS student of Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC), Himachal Pradesh, due to ragging in March, the Supreme Court directed all state governments to constitute committees to look into the incidents of ragging and take measures for de-addiction in cases of alcoholism. The apex court also stated that every college should have a psychiatrist to provide counsel to the students

Campus menace continues despite tough laws: report

HYDERABAD: Stringent laws, firm steps, and the heightened media focus notwithstanding, the menace of ragging increased this year in educational institutions across the country, with Andhra Pradesh topping the dubious list followed by West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.

According to a report released by the Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE), the number of incidents reported has seen a three-fold increase in a majority of States, despite the Human Resource Development Ministry, the University Grants Commission and other regulatory bodies dealing with the issue severely.

The number of ragging cases reported in the media from July 2008 to June 2009 was 88; ragging deaths 12, and attempted suicides five. Last year, out of 89 cases reported, 11 ended in deaths while five were attempted suicides.

An analysis of the last five years’ reports indicates that Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh are the worst hit, with the first two recording 33 incidents each and the other 30.

In the last academic session, Andhra Pradesh reported 12 incidents of ragging, including four cases of death and one case of attempted suicide. West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh reported 10 incidents of ragging each.

Punjab, though a small State with fewer educational institutions, has consistently reported a high incidence.

Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, which did not report any ragging case in the past, reported six and seven incidents this year. Kerala, which reported a large number of incidents in the past, successfully contained the menace this academic year.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Students faint after ragging, road blocked

Bokaro, July 22: Unable to cope with ragging, three students of Women’s Polytechnic College, Bokaro, fainted on the campus today, prompting their classmates to block the NH-23, connecting Ranchi with Dhanbad, in protest. They are now in hospitals.

The agitating students alleged that the three girls, Rashmi Kumari, Kavita Kumari and Rani Shree, (names changed) along with other first-year students, were being ragged by the seniors at the hostel for the past few days. The three could not bear the torture any more and became unconscious. But the school authorities did not take any action despite being informed, the students complained.

Speaking to The Telegraph, a student, Archana, said: “Everyday, the seniors came to their hostel rooms and asked us to do cat walks, strike obscene poses, dance cabaret and remove our clothes. They also ordered us to coin indecent slogans and physically assaulted us if we refused to do their bidding.”

“They told us that as this was our training ground, we were expected to learn everything, including giving them a massage ,” she added.

The girls further alleged that rather than scolding the seniors, the principal and the warden asked them to “brave” the situation. “Despite the strict stand of the Supreme Court on ragging, the principal and the warden have failed to weed out the malaise from the campus. And now to save his face, the principal has suddenly announced vacation and closed the hostel,” said another student, Bhavna.

Raising slogans against principal Ayodhya Prasad, warden Sushila Ekka and the college administration as a whole, the girls, squatting on NH-23, demanded expulsion of the students involved in ragging. The blockade continued for more than 1 hour.

The students agreed to withdraw the agitation only after a team of Balidih police assured them justice.

However, the principal denied that any ragging had taken place. But Tulsi Chowdhry, a teacher at the college, admitted that the seniors often resorted to ragging.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Case against five girls for ragging

Last updated at 1:45am on 20 Jul 2009

The Three Town police registered a ragging case against five tribal girls staying in the Tribal Welfare Hostel in MVP Colony here on Sunday.

The Three Town circle inspector, Mr K. Ranga Raju, said two first-year degree students had lodged a complaint in the station against five final-year students alleging they had ragged them. “We registered a case following a complaint by a girl. We will take action after investigation,” he said.

The seniors asked them to tell the names of their mothers and when they told the names, they made fun of the names. One of the seniors asked why their mothers were not named Ramba, Urvasi or Menaka and instead had ordinary tribal names. The juniors were angry and replied that they too were from the same tribal area and their mothers too would be having similar names.

12 ragging deaths during last academic session

Aditi Tandon
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, July 20

Coalition for Uprooting Ragging from Education (CURE), a civil society group involved in students’ awareness, today said 88 cases of ragging were reported from India over the last one year - no change from 89 that had surfaced a year earlier.

Analysing the latest trends in ragging, the CURE, in its report released here today, concluded that ragging claimed 12 lives across the country this year; the number was 11 last year. There have been five reported cases of attempted suicides by students, tormented by their seniors at colleges.

The report takes note of the recent measures taken by the Human Resource Development Ministry to curb ragging and finds that the situation has far from improved.

Among the states that are the worst-hit, Andhra Pradesh, with 12 of the 88 reported ragging cases, tops the list. West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh come next with 10 cases each.

In the last session, Andhra Pradesh reported 12 incidents of ragging, including four deaths and one attempted suicide. Punjab, though a small state with low numbers of educational institutions, has been consistently reporting high number of ragging incidents.

During the last session, Punjab accounted for 8 of the 88 reported cases of student harassment on campuses.

It may be noted that Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, the earliest states to have enacted anti-ragging law (the Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1997 and West Bengal Prohibition of Ragging in Educational Institutions Bill, 2000), still suffer from the ragging menace.

“We believe that ragging is not just a law and order problem but also a social and psychological menace that can be eradicated through proper awareness and education,” Varun Agarwal of CURE today told The Tribune.

Another striking finding of the new report is that Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan, which did not report any ragging cases in the past, have now started reporting the problem, with 6 and 7 cases, reported from the two states, respectively. The latest victim of ragging in Himachal was Aman Kachroo.

Kerala seems to be the only state that has managed to reduce cases involving the harassment of students by seniors.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Case against five students for ragging


Coimbatore, July 18 (PTI) Cases were registered against five senior students of a private college here for allegedly ragging a first year student a week ago, police said today.

The cases were filed based on a complaint by the Principal of PSG College of Arts and Science, Sheela Ramachandran, that a first year BCom student was ragged by the five in the campus.

All the accused, third year students of Computer Science, BBM and Hotel Management, are absconding, they said.

The incident reportedly occurred on July 10. Based on the junior's complaint the following day, the Principal questioned the students concerned.

She lodged the complaint last evening and cases were registered under the Ragging Act, police said.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Eight post-graduate students arrested for ragging


Tirupati, Jul 18 (PTI) Eight post graduate students of Sri Venkateswara University College of Arts and Sciences here were arrested for allegedly ragging their juniors today, police said.

Based on the complaint from juniors in M.Com course, the police arrested the erring students, police said. The Varsity authorities placed all the eight students, who allegedly indulged in ragging, under suspension, university sources said.

Anti-ragging steps make little pragathi

Srinath Vudali
First Published : 18 Jul 2009 09:56:03 AM IST
Last Updated : 18 Jul 2009 12:20:47 PM IST

HYDERABAD: Barely three days after the State Government said it would not tolerate ragging, a first-year degree student at a prestigious college in the city was thrashed by a senior for failing to buy him notebooks

The incident took place on the premises of Pragathi Mahavidyalaya at Hanuman Tekdi under the Sultan Bazar police station limits. The junior was being harassed over the past week, but matters took a physical turn today.

According to the police, the victim, K Kamalesh of Begum Bazar, got admitted to the B Com I Year on July 7. For the past one week he had been subjected to abuse by the senior, Devender, and his cronies who had been forcing him to show up at Amber Cafe in Tilak Nagar where he would be subjected to ragging.

A couple of days back, Devender asked Kamalesh to buy him notebooks -- a demand that he was not willing to comply with. This morning, around 11.30 am, an incensed Devender beat him up on the college premises. Shocked, Kamalesh called up his cousins -- Srikanth Dutt and Vishal, who rushed over.

By that time, Devender also called up five of his friends, said to be outsiders. In the altercation that ensued, Kamalesh and his cousins were allegedly roughed up and they reported the matter to the police who went over to investigate but the miscreants had fled by then.

“Kamalesh was allegedly being ragged for the past one week and was threatened with serious consequences by Devender if he were to report the matter to the college management,” East Zone DCP N Shivshankar Reddy said.

Kamalesh told the police that a girl student was also being ragged by Devender and his friends.

Cases under Section 4 (1) and (2) of the AP Prohibition of Ragging Act were registered against Devender and his accomplices. The accused are absconding and teams have been formed to nab them.

The police will be recommending that the college management suspend Devender.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Two FIRs lodged against ragging

TNN 17 July 2009, 05:26am IST

JAIPUR: With just a few days into the beginning of the new session, incidents of ragging have been reported at some of colleges in the city. Two FIRs were lodged with Gandhi Nagar police station on Wednesday, after some juniors were allegedly harassed by seniors at Subodh College
and Commerce College.

However, the police and college administration refused to acknowledge the incidents as ragging. The victims said they were harassed by the seniors, and ordered to follow their instructions. On refusing to oblige, the students were beaten up and their clothes torn off by the seniors, it was stated.

According to Gandhi Nagar police, Chetan Singh Chandrawat, who had taken admission in the arts stream in Subodh College, went to attend his classes for the first time. "He had parked his bike at the college parking lot, and stood there for some time, when four-five youths, of which two were from the college, asked him to push off," Chhetarmal, the investigation officer (IO) said.

When Chetan refused to move, they claimed to be his seniors and threatened him with dire consequences. Despite the warning, Chetan did not budge , following which they started beating him, the IO said. Chetan, somehow, managed to escape and lodged an FIR with Gandhi Nagar police. The police have rounded up some students and are interrogating them.

In yet another ragging incident, a 20-year old BBA student was beaten up allegedly by some seniors. According to the police, the victim, Jitendra Yadav, had gone to Commerce College to submit his admission form when some senior students of Maharana Pratap Hostel asked him to leave the queue of students. "When Jitendra refused to comply, they pulled him out of the queue and started beating him, and tore off his clothes," police said.

"Since two constables were on duty nearby, the student was rescued. Additional police force was deployed to maintain law and order. We have registered a case against the two seniors, identified as Mohammad and Surendra," police said.

The police and college administration denied the students were ragged. "I don't know if the incident was of ragging. The fight may be a fall out of the campus politics, which has intensified following the demand for union elections," S S Modi, vice-principal, Commerce College, said. However, one of the victims, Chetan Singh said he was harassed by students who claimed to be his seniors.

Boy suspended for ragging

Express News Service
First Published : 16 Jul 2009 02:33:00 AM IST

ALAPPUZHA: A Plus Two student of an aided higher secondary school, who allegedly ragged a junior girl student, was suspened by the school authorities here on Wednesday.

According to police, the incident took place on Tuesday when the girl was going to wash her hands after lunch. While she was waiting for her friend, some senior boys led by one Arun, 17, came and abused her.

When she reacted, they slapped her face. Her spectacles were broken causing injuries to her face. She was admitted to Alappuzha Medical College. Alappuzha North Police have registered a case after a complaint was lodged by the girl’s fatherand North Police Station CI conducted an inquiry.

Call college, not govt anti-ragging helpline

By: Kranti Vibhute Date: 2009-07-16 Place:Mumbai

Month after govt launches call centre, colleges start pvt helplines to avoid national attention

No college wants a ragging incident that involves their students to become a national issue. Incidentally, many colleges have introduced their own helplines within a month after the government launched its 24X7 Anti-ragging Helpline on June 20.

Harsh Agarwal, coordinator of Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE), said, "Colleges want to discourage students from using the national helpline.

Why would they publicise their private helpline during admissions? A centralised system will help address the issue, while the matter can be swept under the carpet if the college handles it."

On the other hand, social activists say colleges have created private helplines, as calls to the national call centre are forwarded to police stations and victims want privacy.

No database

Raj Kachroo, father of MBBS student Aman who was ragged to death in a medical college in Himachal Pradesh, said, "Ragging incidents are a national issue and colleges will not do justice."

However, he added that the government helpline is handicapped, as no NGO monitors it.

"The helpline did not receive enough publicity and doesn't have the database of the 20,000 colleges in India to contact authorities and students. How will it work?" asked Kachroo.

Till date, the national helpline has registered 120 complaints.

The principal of Usha Pravin Gandhi Management College at Vile Parle was unaware of the national anti-ragging helpline.

"We have started an anti-ragging cell in our college this year with guidance from the Mumbai University. Why shouldn't students contact us before calling the national helpline? We will help them at the earliest."

Sources from the University Grant Commission (UGC) said that they have received many fake calls on the national helpline. "Students may have called to see how fast the helpline acts."

Education Consultancy India Ltd set up the national call centre and it also monitors the government helpline.

Sukdeo Thorat, UGC chairman said, "The national helpline has not recorded any serious cases so far and I don't know of any college that has its own helpline."

Govt helpline no: 1800-180-5522 email

Private Centres

1. Bhavan's College, Andheri
2. Bhavan's Hazarimal Somani College Of Arts & Science, Chowpatty
3. Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Technology in Chembur
4. Savera is an anti-ragging helpline started in by Pune students from 50 colleges

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Another incident of ragging in HP, FIR registered

PTI 15 July 2009, 02:13pm IST

BILASPUR (HIMACHAL PRADESH): A case of ragging came into light in Himachal Pradesh, after a first year student of a government college at Bilaspur alleged that he was ragged by some seniors of the college. A written complaint of ragging was given by Surya Chandel, first year student of Post Graduate College Bilaspur, on Monday, officiating Principal of the college Ashok Awasthi said.

He said the complaint letter was also forwarded to the district police for necessary action. An FIR has been registered with Bilaspur Sadar police station on Tuesday on the basis of complaint letter forwarded by the college and investigation is on, Superintendent of Police Bilaspur Kuldeep Singh said.

The SP said that the case has been registered under relevant sections of the anti-ragging ordnance brought by the state government in the wake of death of Aman Kachroo due to ragging in Dr Rajendra Prasad government Medical College Tanda in Kangra district in March.

The student in his complaint alleged that on Friday last some seniors along with few outsiders fired some unpleasant questions on him and when he resisted they slapped him.

Awasthi said that college administration has forwarded the matter to the college anti-ragging committee to ascertain the facts. Based on the report of the committee appropriate steps would be initiated by the college against the guilty, the officiating Principal added.

PG College student beaten up by senior

Express News Service
First Published : 15 Jul 2009 08:30:06 AM IST

A second year student of Post Graduate (PG) College, Secunderabad, was beaten up by his senior in the college premises on Tuesday.

According to the police, a second year BCom student, Mahesh, was beaten up by his senior in the college premises for an alleged ‘insult’. The incident took place around 9.30 am on Tuesday.

“After reaching the college, Mahesh straight away went to his classroom and left his bag. He went to the washroom and was returning when he came across a student coming from the opposite direction. Mahesh asked the student, who happened to be his senior, to come inside the classroom. A minor altercation broke out and Mahesh was hit on the face,” Begumpet police inspector A Yadagiri said.

Mahesh reportedly was not aware that the other student, Venkateshwarlu, was his senior. Venkateshwarlu is a final year B Com student. Mahesh suffered a mild injury on the nose.

Management student roughed up

Express News Service
First Published : 15 Jul 2009 08:30:06 AM IST

HYDERABAD: A First year student of a business management school was allegedly beaten up in his hostel by a former student of the same institute on Monday night. The incident took place in the hostel of Gandikota Business School at Mahendra Hills. Police said a minor argument between the fresher and the former student led to the attack. No case of ragging has been registered.

According to the police, the victim, Karthik Reddy, took admission in the Bachelor of Business Management (BBM) course in the institute in the fresh academic session. He was staying in the institute’s hostel.

“On Monday night, Karthik Reddy had an argument with Sudhir Kumar in the hostel. Sudhir Kumar had come to the hostel to pack up his belongings when the incident took place,” Tukaram Gate police inspector S Suryanarayana said.

According to the police, Sudhir Kumar was infuriated over the fresher not giving him sufficient ‘respect’. Sudhir Kumar beat up Karthik Reddy in a fit of rage and left the place.

Though there were initial reports that the attack was a case of ragging, police investigations found that the fresher was not ragged by any of his seniors. Police said a petty case has been registered against Sudhir Kumar. No arrest has been made.

The incident took place at a time when a workshop against ragging was being conducted at Jubilee Hall. Senior police officials, Minister for Higher Education D Sridhar Babu participated.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Fresher ragged in Gujarat College

TNN 13 July 2009, 12:20am IST

AHMEDABAD : The city got its first official ragging case to go into police records after a student of Gujarat College accused his seniors of asking him to dance naked on the first day of college.

Pawan Tiwari, a first year student of BCom, lodged a complaint at the Ellisbridge police station stating that three of his seniors made him strip and dance and when he refused, they beat him up. Tiwari has given no names in his complaint.

The incident took place on Saturday. "In the application, Tiwari has said he has cleared his Class XII in May and Saturday was his first day in college. He had finished two lectures earlier in the day and was standing on the college premises when three students approached him and asked what year and faculty he was in," said a police source.

"After learning Tiwari was from the first year, they asked him to mimic the professor who took the last class. He refused to do that following which the youths asked him to strip and dance for them. When he declined, the group of youth beat him up. After this, Tiwari approached the college authorities and went to meet the principal. Since the principal was not around, the office staff said they would not be able to help him out and that he should approach the police," said the source.

Ellisbridge police inspector HM Kundaliya said, "We have received the complaint. Tiwari has not given any names in his complaint but says that he knows them by face. A team will visit the college with Tiwari on Monday and carry out probe."

When contacted, the in-charge principal of Gujarat College Gopalsingh Rao confirmed the incident. Rao said, "The boy met me after he had already gone to the police. I asked him to give an application to me also, but he did not know the names of the boys who beat him up. They could also be people from outside the college, though the incident happened on the campus. If the student produces names, I will lodge a police complaint myself. Since I had to leave for a meeting, I asked vice-principal Geeta Trivedi to look into the matter."

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Ragging slur on NDA

By: Debarati Palit Date: 2009-07-08 Place:Pune

Academy rubbishes family's claim that victim had been humiliated, tortured and punished by seniors

In what could seriously smudge the National Defence Academy's (NDA) impeccable track record of producing the country's finest young soldiers, the family of a first-year student who died on July 2 has alleged brutal ragging by seniors.

To top it, a student who was in the deceased student's batch told MiD DAY that he left his dream NDA course because his left hand had gone partially immobile because of ragging.

While the NDA has robustly refuted the charges, if proven true, this could be India's Code Red, a draconian military tradition of fatal bullying by seniors made famous by the Tom Cruise-Jack Nicholson starrer A Few Good Men.

'Accidental' death
The institute in its police statement had called it an "accidental death" and said that 19-year-old cadet Nitesh Gour collapsed while practising for a cross-country marathon event.

However, Nitesh's father Ram Narayan Gour told MiD DAY from Bhopal on Tuesday: "We are not satisfied with the explanation which the NDA officials have given us. Their contention that our son died during routine practice is unacceptable as he was very fit and fine. We suspect that he might have been a victim of severe ragging or punishment." He suspects Nitesh was forced to run till he collapsed.

Nitish's uncle Manmohan Gour said Nitesh on many occasions had told his cousin sister (Manmohan's daughter) how he and his friends were being ragged and punished mercilessly by seniors at the premier institute.

"Nitesh had told her that once he was couple of minutes late for dinner and his senior made him study the entire night without shutting his eye," he said. Nitesh had apparently said all drills and physical exercises were conducted by senior cadets and not by academy officials. These seniors apparently decide the kind of punishment each student would face.

The family claimed that since the boy's death, not a single official had contacted them with the post-mortem or other reports.

The other boy
Another boy from Bhopal who was Nitesh's batchmate in the NDA has made an identical allegation. Aditya Sharma had joined the academy in December (Nitesh joined in January).

He told MiD DAY on Tuesday that severe ragging and punishment forced him to come back home in just about three months.

Aditya left hand does not move properly nowadays. He said the nerves in his hand got damaged after he was made to do forward-rolls on stony ground in his underwear.

"My son was kept complaining about the ill-treatment at the academy. He kept telling the authorities that he was facing some problems in his left hand but no one took notice," said father Anand Sharma.

"When things got serious in March, we got him back to Bhopal and had a thorough check-up. He cannot move his hand properly for many months now."

NDA rubbishes claims
"These are baseless allegations. Do you really think something like this can happen in a prestigious place like the NDA?" said NDA spokesperson Major Bhagirath Dey. Captain Mahendra Dimri denied all charges saying that it was not a first-hand report from the student.

"There is no truth in whatever the families are saying. You cannot believe the words of a father who has lost his son last week and also those who are no more part of NDA [Aditya and his family]," he said.

Friday, July 03, 2009

Inter student alleges ragging

3 Jul 2009, 0700 hrs IST, TNN
HYDERABAD: In a shocking incident, an 18-year-old second year intermediate student of a private college here alleged on Thursday that he was locked up in his room and physically assaulted by his classmates as they did not approve of his friendship with juniors.

“They also forced me to write a suicide note stating that I killed myself of my own accord and that nobody is responsible,” the alleged victim, M Sharavan Kumar, a BPC student of Chaitanya Residential Junior College, Bachupally, told TOI over phone from Vijayalakshmi Nursing Home in Malkajgiri where he was admitted with injuries.