Tuesday, December 28, 2010

"Anti-Ragging: Awareness, Action Plan and Technical Solution”

Security Watch India Present’s

Talk On: Fight for Life, Right for life

"Anti-Ragging: Awareness, Action Plan and Technical Solution”

December 31, 2010
SWI Auditorium, 2nd Floor, Shangri – La, Eros Corporate Tower
New Delhi

The demographic dividend of India lies in its youth which is reported to outlive that of China, making India the most powerful prosperous country in the world. However, we are not encashing this appropriately, instead we find our best minds, humiliated, mistreated and crushed by senseless actions in the garb of ragging which may scar them for life.

Recently, with the sheer number of incidences and awareness spread resulting in new laws being enacted, we find that for the first time there is a turning of the tide against ragging.

Security Watch India (SWI) is proud to introduce an emergency alarm system which may help prevent, contain, and possibly save people from the consequence from this mindless menace.

EyeWatch, this emergency alarm system is expected to give real time direct and instant coverage of any untoward incident faced by the students, including visual and audio proof through his/her mobile phone. It is hoped that this will help not only in curbing this menace but also give proof to the various agencies to take suitable action against perpetrator under the new law.

With the help of those who have spear headed this movement, SWI is very pleased to present the preview of movie “Hostel”, a film on ragging, directed by Mr. Manish Gupta, at our round table discussion - "Fight for Life, Right for Life - Anti-Ragging: Awareness, Action Plan and Technical Solution” on December 31, 2010 between 11:00 am to 2:00pm at 2nd Floor, Shangri – La, Eros Corporate Tower, Connaught Place, New Delhi.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

K’pada College +2 students allege ragging by seniors

RAJESH BEHERA | Kendrapada

Once again, the Kendrapada Autonomous College, one of the prime educational institutions has come to the news for the wrong reasons. This time, it has come to the limelight after some junior students alleged ragging by their seniors.

According to sources, seven second year students of + 2 commerce have alleged ragging by the + 3 students at NC Hostel of the college. They have alleged to have been misbehaved, forced to kneel down and beaten by their seniors.

On Tuesday, the victimised students along with their guardians met the college Principal and brought the matter to his notice. When contacted, Principal Prafulla Mishra stated that as per the preliminary findings it has found that some students of +3 commerce Second part misbehaved , assaulted and forced about seven students of + 2 commerce to kneel down on the floor on Monday night at the hostel after an altercation over passing of comments between them.

“Meanwhile, I have directed the hostel superintendent Manmoth Nayakto conduct an inquiry into the matter and to submit a detailed report within 24 hours. If the seniors are found guilty in the alleged matter, stern action will be taken against them,” said the Principal.

Row over hostel ragging

Patna, Dec. 14: A day after students owing allegiance to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) created ruckus, there was palpable tension on the campus over an incident of ragging at Patna University New Hostel.

A source said senior boarders of the hostel assaulted fellow students when they protested an incident of ragging.

Rahul Kumar and Prashant Kumar — both third year BBA students — were allegedly beaten up on Monday night because they had dared to protest an incident of ragging.

Rahul sustained injuries on his ear and Prashant on his hand and leg. Both of them refused to comment on the incident.

The intervention of the senior students had led to a compromise, they said.

The university, however, is taking a serious view of the incident.

A source said university authorities are planning to crack down on such incidents that not only affect the reputation of the university but also endanger the safety of students.

New Hostel superintendent V.K. Das has sought a detailed report of the incident.

Patna University disciplinary committee is also planning to deal seriously with the incident.

Randhir Kumar Singh, a teacher of Patna College and a member of the disciplinary committee, said: “A meeting of the disciplinary committee was convened in the office of the principal of Patna College. Members of the committee have decided to take strong steps to punish the guilty.”

“Both senior and junior students have been asked to give in writing why disciplinary action should not be taken against them. They have to submit their replies by 11am on December 20,” said Singh.

Sources said the incident on Monday was in retaliation to a protest lodged by Rahul and Prashant on Sunday, when some senior boarders at the hostel ragged some juniors. The two of them had tried to stop the seniors but in vain.

A junior student informed the Pirbhore police about the incident.

Though no formal complaint was lodged, the police summoned the senior students to warn them.

On Monday, the senior students were waiting to settle scores with Rahul and Prashant, as they believed the junior students had informed the police about the incident on their behest.

An altercation ensued between the duo and the other students and they soon came down to exchanging blows. Rahul and Prashant were injured in the scuffle.

Tanveer, an NCP student leader, said: “This is a very serious incident and efforts are being made to play it down.”

A source said some senior students had ragged the juniors on Sunday by asking them to run around the hostel campus.

Harihar Kumar, a student of Hindi (honours) fainted in the course but the seniors did not stop ragging.

A junior student said he had informed the college authorities about the incidents of ragging but no action had been taken.

Yuvraj Kumar, a resident of Minto Hostel, said: “Incidents like this happen all the time but no complaints are lodged. Such incidents also take place in Jackson Hostel.”

Student powers

The popular item song of Munni Badnaam Hui from Dabangg had spelt trouble for many a munni (girl) in a prestigious school in the Chhattisgarh capital. School authorities were stunned recently when a group of girls came up on the stage soon after morning assembly and started performing the suggestive song. Not unexpectedly, the performers were suspended for the day. Later, it transpired that these students were forced to perform the song-and-dance sequence under pressure from senior students. But no senior student was suspended for ragging. The reason: they come from politically powerful and well-connected people in the state. That̢۪s no surprise since the schools was originally established to educate princes and princesses.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

14-year-old reunited with parents after he fled from home

Published: Monday, Dec 13, 2010, 3:44 IST

Fed up with the bad habits and ragging by the peers at his school, a 14-year-old son of a builder in Nashik took a train and left the city on Thursday morning, after stealing about Rs8,500 and his cousin’s passport from his home.

The boy was found loitering at Dadar station in RSP (Road Safety Patrol) uniform with a school bag by the government railway police around 2pm and brought to Dadar railway police station.

His parents were informed who then reached the police station on Thursday night and took him home.

“We contacted his parents to inform them that he had been found safe. They thought he was in school,” said Shinde.

On being questioned by the police, he introduced himself as Prakash Bhosale (name changed to protect identity), the elder son of a local builder in Nashik. He said he was in Std IX in Maratha Vidhyalaya at Panchvati in Nashik.

“While checking his school bag, the police found his Nashik address and residential telephone number. Rs8,500 and his cousin’s passport, which he had stolen, were also found,” said senior inspector Shivaji Shinde of Dadar railway police station.

The boy, who secured 70% marks in Std VIII, said he desperately wanted to leave the school as all his classmates smoked, chewed paan masala and gutka by stealing valuables of other students and ragging them.

He said that he wanted to join Bhosale Military School at Nashik but never told about his wish to his parents.
The boy reportedly left home for school at 7am but instead roamed in Nashik for about three hours. Then he came to Nashik Road station, bought a ticket for Mumbai and boarded the Mumbai-bound Varanasi Express at around 11am.

Student expelled for ragging

Posted: Mon Dec 13 2010, 03:26 hrs

MUZAFFARNAGAR: A student of Rashtriya Kisan Degree College at Shamli here was expelled from the college for ragging a girl. Disciplinary action was taken against Ankur Chouhan, a 2nd year B.Com student on Saturday, after a girl complained that he misbehaved with her in the presence of a teacher and other students, college principal Yashpal Singh said here. There had been previous instances of complaints against Chouhan, he said.

Ragging charge on pvt college trio

TNN, Dec 12, 2010, 04.07am IST

BARASAT: After the ragging incident in Durgapur, in which a first-year engineering student was stripped and photographed by three female seniors at the National Power Training Institute, another ragging allegation has surfaced on a college campus, this time in Barasat, North 24-Parganas. This time, a complaint has been lodged against three private engineering college students.

Subhankar Saha, a 22-year-old third-year engineering student of Adamas Institute of Technology, fell ill on Saturday morning after he was allegedly beaten up and subjected to mental torture by the three accused classmates on Friday night. The boy's father, Bablu Das, has filed a police complaint against three of Subhankar's classmates, alleging that they had tortured him physically and mentally for months, due to which Subhankar fell ill.

Subhankar, who hails from Jadavpur, on the southern fringes of the city, has been living in a hired accommodation in Barasat's Sainiknagar for the past three years, since he started studying in the institute. Three classmates Anup Sharma, Sumit Sur and Subrata Das were also staying with him.

According to the complaint lodged by Bablu, his son's room-mates habitually misbehaved with Subhankar, beat him up and mentally tortured him. Though Subhankar reportedly bore the humiliation stoically, matters turned extreme on Friday night as he was allegedly beaten up. After he fell ill, he revealed his ordeal to his father, leading to the police complaint.

The students were attending the semester examinations at the institute. Early on Saturday, Subhankar was rushed to Barasat district hospital by the three room-mates. On hearing the news, Subhankar's parents rushed to the hospital and learnt about the torture. Though Subhankar attended the semester examination after a check-up, his father filed the complaint on Saturday evening.

Police interrogated the three accused students following the complaint. They claimed that Subhankar had become depressed after reportedly faring poorly in the examination, held on December 7. On Friday night, an altercation happened between them after Subhankar allegedly started verbally attacking them over a issue, claimed the accused students.

Police said they were probing the matter.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Hostel- A Film on Ragging

Hostel, a bollywood film on ragging is releasing on December 31st, 2010. The film is perhaps the first commercial bollywood film based on the issue of ragging in college hostels.

After Munnabhai MBBS and 3 Idiots glorified ragging by showing its funnier side, this film is claiming to show the darker side of the ragging menace. However CURE is yet to watch 'Hostel' and judge how successful the film has been in showing the real life ragging on reel.

We wish the director of the film and his team all the very best and hope the film will be able to portray ragging in its real sense.

For more details about the film and to watch its trailer, please visit the website http://www.hostel.in.com/

Engineering student alleges ragging

New Delhi, December 12, 2010

The ugly head of ragging reared its head once again when a first-year engineering student complained that his seniors forcibly cut his hair. Arjun Singh, a student of Noida Institute of Engineering & Technology, has lodged an FIR at the Kasna police station, alleging that his senior Sumit Arora, along with two others, tried to rag him at the canteen a week ago. When Singh refused to entertain their request, they forcibly cut his hair. He then informed the college management. Fed up with no action, Singh filed a police complaint on Saturday. He approached the deputy superintendent of police.
"I have ordered filing of an FIR against the accused," said Rahul Kumar, deputy superintendent of police.

The college authorities, however, denied the allegation of not taking any action. "On getting a complaint from the student last week, we had formed an inquiry committee to investigate the matter. Our initial investigations have revealed that the incident did not take place at the college campus. However, the inquiry committee is yet to submit the report," said a college official.

"We will inquire into the recent NIET ragging matter. Past experiences have showed that in the event of ragging, colleges disown it, claiming that the incident occurred outside the campus. Colleges have been directed to provide hostel accommodation to all outstation students. If they are unable to provide hostel, then their anti-ragging squads are expected to keep a tab on students residing outside the campus and prevent ragging," said Pushyapati Saxena, registrar of Mahamaya Technical University.

In the past two years, several cases of ragging have been reported from various colleges.

However, only less than one percent of the cases are being reported, as freshers are too scared to report the matter.

DESAM against student death case

Imphal, December 07 2010: The Democratic Students' Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) in a press release asked the students and parents who are trying to put curtain over the issue of ragging in Jawaharlal Navodaya, Khumbong.

The release said that DESAM while investigating the issue came to know that some senior students are indulging in forceful homo sexual activities to some junior students against their consent.

The matter came to light when teachers of the vidyalaya found one Nanao (not real name) of Class VI in a very desperate state.

When enquired he told that one Pangambam Nelson s/o P Olen of Kongba Kshetri Leikai who is studying in class XI forcibly did homo sexual activity to him without his consent.

When House Master and some teachers advised the accused students, the students raised against the teachers and school authorities and made it a major issue.

Moreover parents of the students are also backing their children.

In relation with this matter, Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti, Shillong also terminated two teachers and restricted three teachers from entering the school campus.

If such situation begins to spread throughout the state, there will be no one in the state to take up the profession of teacher.

Regarding the need for timely intervention DESAM asked those parents who are backing their children to retreat.

Harassed student attempts suicide

Chandigarh, Dec 6, DHNS:

A second year student of a polytechnic college in Haryana attempted suicide by consuming poison after he was allegedly harassed by his seniors. Although Jagtar Singh, the victim, is said to be out of danger, the incident tends to expose the frail system to check ragging activities in the college.

Singh is a student of Guru Nanak Polytechnic College at Tohana in Haryana. His brother Jaswinder Singh has blamed the college management for shielding the accused students. He has also accused the college of ignoring complaints made by Singh in this regard.

Suicide spree in city, 3 more end lives

November 28th, 2010

Nov. 27: A day after two techies were found hanging, three people, including a 17-year-old student, took the extreme step at various city police station limits, since Friday night. In the first incident, Uma Shankar, 17, a student, committed suicide by consuming poison. He died later in Victoria hospital on Saturday.
According to Kalasipalya police, he had consumed the poison at his hostel near City Market. After learning about the incident, his hostel-mates rushed him to Victoria, where he died after the medication failed to improve his condition.
“The deceased was a resident of Kaggadasapura and student of APS College in Bengaluru,” said a police officer. Even as the police is still investigating the reasons behind the suicide, rumours were making the rounds in the hostel that Uma Shankar, suffering from behavioural problems, could have been ‘ragged’ by his seniors at the hostel.
The other version is that his father was
summoned recently by the college authorities following several complaints of bunking and misconduct along with drinking and other bad habits, which could have forced him to take the extreme step out of humiliation.
When hostel authorities were contacted, they denied the allegations of ragging, stating that the hostel had nothing to do with the incident. Significantly, the hostel warden and a few of Uma Shankar’s seniors are absconding after the incident came to light. The police is reportedly investigating this development, said sources.
In another incident reported in Kothanur police station limits, a 27-year-old girl and her 70-year-old father drowned in a well near Nagenahalli. According to a police officer, Shilpa, who had returned from her husband’s place, jumped into the well on Friday night.
Later Anjanappa, in an attempt to rescue his daughter, also drowned. The bodies were fished out on Saturday morning. It is suspected that Shilpa ended her life following a bitter quarrel with her husband.
The next case was that of another married woman, who committed suicide following dowry harassment in Nandini Layout police station limits. Shilpa, 24, married to Manjunath for two years, was found hanging in her residence located on 15th Main in Nandini Layout. It is alleged that the husband, who was given Rs 1 lakh along with 100 gms of gold as dowry, was repeatedly demanding more. The police is investigating the matter.

Engg student ragged, beaten up

TNN, Nov 27, 2010, 03.43am IST

NIZAMABAD: A first year engineering student was allegedly ragged and beaten up by his senior at Vijaya Rural Engineering College on the outskirts of Nizamabad on Friday afternoon.

According to police, electronics and communication engineering student Ankar Ravi, 19, sustained injuries on his head and hand after second year student Sai Devi Khanna, 20, hit him with a duster as the former refused to `obey' him.

It all started when Khanna and four others prevented Ravi from going to the lab during lunch break around 1.30 pm. They started ragging him and asked him to `salute' them. When Ravi refused, Khanna abused him in filthy language and hit him.

Other students shifted Ravi to the government hospital and later a complaint was lodged with police. DSP G Raghava Reddy said they have registered a case against Khanna and four others.

Student assaulted by seniors in Uttar Pradesh polytechnic

2010-11-26 12:10:00

Lucknow, Nov 26 (IANS) A first year engineering student of a government-run polytechnic here was allegedly assaulted by a group of senior students on the institute's campus after he refused to bow his head before them, police said Friday.

Navneet Gaur, the student of Hewett Polytechnic, was Thursday evening roughed up by around 10 of his seniors for not following their directions.

Gaur, who after the incident preferred leaving his hostel room on the campus, went to his relatives in Gomti Nagar area here. They helped him file a ragging complaint with the police against the senior students.

'The student said the seniors who had their faces covered intercepted him when he was going to his hostel room. They then directed him to bow before them and proceed towards the hostel in the same position,' police inspector D.P. Singh told reporters.

'As Gaur objected, the seniors started punching and kicking him. They even crushed his spectacles and threatened him with dire consequences if he told the institute's authorities about the incident,' he added.

According to the police, Gaur has identified two of the seniors by their voice and physical appearance.

'He is not able to tell their names. He identifies them by their faces. According to him, both the students are in second year of engineering and assaulted him with their other batchmates,' Singh said.

'We have initiated an enquiry into the matter along with the institute's officials. Stern action will be taken against all those who assaulted Gaur,' he added.

Team to probe ragging at BAU

Ranchi, Nov. 22: A four-member probe team was constituted by Birsa Agriculture University (BAU) today following complaints of ragging of a first year forestry student at the girls’ hostel.

The victim Jyoti Kumari, was rushed to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences yesterday evening after she complained of restlessness and breathing difficulty following alleged ragging at the hostel

“The girl had gone home and arrived at the hostel apparently tired. In the evening, she complained of uneasiness and was sent to RIMS for medical check-up. After initial check up, she was brought back. There was no ragging,” warden Rakesh Saxena said.

“A team comprising three deputy wardens of the hostels and a teacher has been set up to enquire into the incident. The committee will submit its report by 4pm tomorrow. Appropriate action would be taken once we receive the report,” Saxena added.

However teachers and students alike, speaking on condition of anonymity said ragging was an annual feature at BAU that was never reported.

In the case of Jyoti Kumari, they conceded that an ‘introductory session’ was held at the hostel.

In course of the session, the petrified girl had apparently collapsed. However students vouched that no physical torture had ever been inflicted on the girl.

Jyoti Kumari declined to speak to the media.

The girl’s parents had also informed the local police about the incident. Kanke police officer in charge, Mithilesh Kumar, said that they had visited the campus late in the evening yesterday and added that investigations were on.

Agri students allege ragging by seniors

Vishwas Kothari, TNN, Nov 24, 2010, 03.28am IST

PUNE: One of the oldest institutions for agricultural studies, the College of Agriculture, Pune (CoAP) was at the centre of a row over alleged ragging of four first-year BSc (Agri) course students by their seniors studying in the second year of agriculture as well as horticulture degree courses.

The college has independent hostel blocks for junior and senior students, which are located a stone's throw from each other and near the main administrative block. The four complainants hail from Jalna, Beed and Washim districts, while the nine seniors named by them in the complaint also hail from the Marathwada region.

Although the students allege that they were being 'ragged' by the seniors for almost a month-and-a-half, the incident came to light only around 10.30 pm on Monday when one of the victims called his uncle on the phone and told him about the ragging.

The uncle, along with a politically-affiliated students' union activist, rushed to the hostel premises to check out the matter. Sensing trouble, the seniors started running away from the spot. One of them was apprehended by the students and handed over to the college authorities.

The drama, which stretched well past midnight, had the sprawling college campus abuzz, with the police moving to the site to ensure that there was no trouble. The college's associate dean and principal, B R Ulmek, had reached the hostel block by this time.

The CoAP has since set up a multi-member committee, headed by G B Gutal, professor of agriculture engineering, who is also vice-president of the college's students' council, to probe the incident and furnish a report. Officiating rector for the boys hostel R M Naik, chief counsellor P R Surve, hostel monitor S H Mane and student welfare officer T S Bhondwe are on the seven-member probe panel.

Late on Tuesday afternoon, all members of the probe committee met in the ante chamber of Ulmek's office to conduct the inquiry proceedings, including recording the statements of the four juniors and the nine seniors, who have been named in the complaint.

Incidentally, practical examinations were being held on Tuesday for the second-year degree course students. The authorities had to wait for them to get over before starting the inquiry proceedings.

Ulmek told TOI, "We are strictly going by the process laid down by the Maharashtra Council for Agriculture Education and Research (MCAER) as well as the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, to ascertain facts and will take action based on the outcome of the ongoing inquiry. The prospect of lodging a police complaint depends on what the inquiry panel submits."

According to rector Naik, "The four junior students have given written statements naming nine second-year students from the agriculture and horticulture degree courses (all residing at the senior's hostel) for ragging them on one pretext or the other over the last one-and-a-half months.

"The complainants have stated that the seniors would force them to complete their academic tasks such as practical journals; browbeat them in different ways like making them stand with their heads hung low for hours, slapping them and using abusive language," added Naik.

The incident on Monday night seems to have been the outcome of such browbeating. Some seniors entered the hostel block by using the drainage pipe at the rear to climb up and move into the first floor through the windows, which have no grills. "As a usual practice, we close the main entrance of the juniors hostel block at 9 pm every day," said Naik.

Once inside, the seniors started asking the juniors to complete their practical journals, which the latter refused to do. Instead, one of the juniors got in touch with his uncle.

Students at the juniors hostel said the college authorities had barricaded the windows with tin sheets on Tuesday, following the incident. The terrace door, which would otherwise remain open, had also been locked.

Beaten, students attempt suicide

Nov. 19: Two engineering students apparently attempted suicide after being allegedly tortured by seniors, it emerged today.

Satarupa Das, a first-year student of Durgapur’s National Power Training Institute, slit her left wrist on Monday after being allegedly beaten up by three seniors. Ujjwal Kumar, a first-year student of Birbhum’s Mallabhum Institute of Technology, jumped off the second-floor roof of his hostel last night after he was allegedly thrashed by a senior.

In the first case, the three seniors have been asked to vacate the hostel, the disciplinary action coming after Satarupa’s father complained to the institute’s authorities that she had been ragged. But it is still not clear if Ujjwal, who is in hospital in critical condition, had been ragged as no complaint has been lodged so far.

On November 15, final-year BTech students Debalina Haldar, Subhoshree Das and Arpita De had handed Satarupa, 20, a “very tough” questionnaire on power engineering at the hostel. “When she failed to answer some of them, the trio abused her and beat her up with a plastic ruler,” said M. Arunachalam, the principal director of the institute.

“The next morning, Satarupa was found in her hostel room with her left wrist slit. We took her to a nursing home,” Arunachalam said.

A doctor at the nursing home said Satarupa had a deep cut on her wrist. “Some veins and arteries were severely damaged. She was discharged on Wednesday after surgery,” the doctor said.

The girl’s father, Samir Das, lodged a complaint of ragging with the institute’s authorities last evening. Das owns a hosiery shop in Calcutta. “We have received the complaint by the girl’s father. We are looking into it. We have asked the three accused students to vacate the hostel,” Arunachalam said.

Asked why the institute had not yet lodged a police complaint, he said: “Our anti-ragging committee has started an inquiry.”

In Ujjwal’s case, however, the authorities of Mallabhum Institute of Technology said they were not certain whether he had been ragged. But college source said Ujjwal, a computer engineering student, was “suffering from depression” after being “beaten up twice” by third-year student Gaurav Kumar since Tuesday.

Principal Saran Kumar Sanyal said Ujjwal, 18, who hails from Bihar’s Gaya, “was under mental pressure after being constantly threatened by the third-year student”.

“Around 11 last night, the hostel watchman heard a thud. When he rushed to the hostel building, he saw Ujjwal lying in a pool of blood. I think the boy jumped off the hostel roof after dinner,” Sanyal said.

Ujjwal was taken to Bishnupur subdivisional hospital. He has suffered severe head injuries, the principal said.

Sanyal said Ujjwal had been shifted to Mission Hospital in Durgapur. Ujjwal’s uncle Dindayal Kumar said his nephew was still unconscious.

Dibojyoti Das, the subdivisional police officer of Bishnupur, said no complaint had been lodged so far.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Expelled students of polytechnic create ruckus

TNN, Nov 18, 2010, 09.57pm IST

KANPUR: The three expelled students of Government Polytechnic and their supporters created ruckus on the campus and ransacked furniture of the polytechnic situated on the GT Road on Thursday.

It may be noted that two months back, three students of government polytechnic were suspended by the authorities after they were found indulging in ragging.

The three identified as Vineet, Raghvendra Kumar Yadav and Virendra Kumar and their supporters reached the polytechnic in the morning and created ruckus. They demanded their re-instatement and threatened the staff of dire consequences.

Cops Kalyanpur, Nawabganj and Swaroop Nagar police stations came rushing in but by then the three escaped.

Chief proctor DK Rudra said that an FIR against the three students on charges of ragging two junior colleagues, was lodged with Nawabganj police two months. "Since then, they were trying to create pressure on us to withdraw the case. When we did not accept their pleas, they came today and ransacked the property," Rudra said.

2 students held for ragging junior

TNN, Nov 9, 2010, 05.26am IST

HYDERABAD: The Moinabad police on Monday evening took two third year students of J B Institute of Engineering & Technology ( JBIET), Moinabad, into custody for allegedly ragging their junior.

According to the Moinabad police, D Ratnakar, 20, in his complaint, alleged that D Kiran Kumar, 23, and T Ramaswamy, 23, both third year computer science students, asked him to sing the nursery rhyme `Twinkle twinkle little star...' twice. Accordingly, he obeyed their order and rendered it. Eventually, they asked him to repeat the rhyme 10 times, to which he refused, Moinabad inspector G Shekar Goud said.

The duo later asked Ratnakar to read out Maths tables loudly. Accordingly, he repeated them twice. Later, the students asked him to explain how to wear inner wear, T-shirt and trousers by removing his clothes. He expressed his anguish and refused to comply their order as others were watching him, the inspector added.

"We had information about ragging and deployed our staff at bus stops near the college to observe students. Two policemen found a student weeping at a bus stop. Initially, he denied to give a reason after interrogation. However, he later broke down and narrated the ragging incident. We caught the erring students and took them into custody," Goud said.

A case under section 4 of the AP Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1997, was filed against the two students, the inspector added.

Ragging at Fakir Mohan University

Friday, November 05, 2010

Balasore: Two students of the Environmental Science department of the Fakir Mohan University were allegedly thrashed by the senior students.

Sources said that following the incident, the university authorities have let the victims out of the campus with the help of police who are now staying in a lodge.

Contacted, Vice Chancellor Sukantipriya Patnaik said that he received the compliant on Wednesday and has entrusted the PG Council chairman to look into the matter.

However, PG Council chairman Amarendra Naryan Mishra said that the incident was a fallout of a petty issue and a committee has been formed and after the Diwali vacation to sort out the matter.

According to sources, Amiya Ranjan Sahu, a student of first year Environmental Science, was bashed up by a group of seniors when he came out in support of one of his batch-mate Gangadhar Patnaik.

Patnaik was allegedly ragged by the seniors on Monday evening near the dinning hall for no reason.

I had resisted when Patnaik was ragged. Later on, they came to my room and driving all other roommates out, they showered blows and punches on me putting off the light. They had been ragging us for quite some time and we had avoided reporting the matter to our warden, Sahu informed.

Following the incident in the evening, some seniors reported the matter to the authorities, but the latter asked the police personnel to take the victims out of the campus in order to avoid further tension.

They were reportedly taken away by the police and left near the bus stand.

Both the students, stated to be of Ganjam, took shelter in a lodge at Sahadevkhunta area after wandering in the night and taking shelter in the railway station.

We were asked to leave the students at the bus stand by the university authorities, informed Remuna IIC A Tirkey.

On the other hand, the university authorities, denying allegations, maintained that they let the two students out of the varsity premises in a police van.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Four girl students suspended for ragging in Jamnagar Read more: Four girl students suspended for ragging in Jamnagar

AHMEDABAD: In a first of its kind incident, four girl students of the MP Shah Medical College in Jamnagar were suspended from attending lectures and residing in the college hostel for ragging a first-year student.

The girls were accused of ragging the student and threatening her in order to force her to attend a college party. Dean of the college Dr Vikas Sinha said that four girls, of whom three are second-year students and one is a third-year student, were suspended from the college and will not be allowed to attend lectures for a month. They have also been barred from staying in the hostel. The fifth girl, who is a college pass-out, has been fined Rs 25,000.

"Ragging is a serious issue and we have taken action to nip the issue in the bud to avoid any mental pressure on junior students," said Dr Sinha. Giving details of the case, officials said that a lot of parties are held for college students by members of different communities around this time. Fresher parties are also routinely organized.

The first-year student was asked to come to a party by this group of girls. The girl, who belongs to a village in Surendranagar and is daughter of a village talati, found herself under pressure as her father did not approve of such parties while the girl students said that she will face a difficult time if she did not attend the party. When the girl complained to her father, he approached the anti-ragging helpline. The helpline, in turn, called up the dean's office and gave details of the incident and asked them to take action within a week. "We called a meeting of the anti-ragging committee and found the girls guilty and took action against them," said Dr Sinha. tnn

Hyderabad: Student suffers eye injury in ragging

HYDERABAD: A first-year engineering student of a private college at Medchal on the city outskirts suffered injuries in his right eye, in an alleged ragging incident, after his seniors thrashed him, police said today.
The injured student B Kiran Kumar, a student of V Malla Reddy College of Engineering at Kistapur in Medchal mandal, in a complaint lodged with the police alleging that he was ragged by two of his seniors Bhim Rao and Ajay B Y, both second-year students of the college, they said.
Kumar alleged that the duo asked him to keep a measuring scale in the pocket of a girl student's trousers while she was passing besides them in the college premises yesterday, but when he did not comply, the seniors picked up a quarrel and beat him up resulting in injuries in right-eye, Medchal Inspector of Police V Yadagiri Reddy, who is investigating the case told PTI.
A case has been registered following the complaint, but the senior students were still to be arrested, the police officer said adding that police had counselled the seniors of the college on not to indulge in ragging after the academic year had started two months ago.
Further investigations are on.

3 girl nursing students held for ragging

TUTICORIN: Three girls of the Government Nursing College in Tuticorin were arrested on charges of ragging their junior on Thursday, after the victim attempted suicide by consuming sleeping pills, police said.

Cases have been booked under section 342 of IPC for wrongful confinement and Section 4 of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Ragging Act against the three girls, who were studying in the final year in the college attached to the Government Medical College, Tuticorin, police said.

Police said Muthuselvi (20), daughter of Rajasekar, a resident of Palayamkottai in Tirunelveli, was pursuing her second year nursing course in the college. Muthuselvi, staying in the college hostel had swooned in the classroom on Wednesday morning. When doctors in the government hospital there examined her, it came to light that Muthuselvi had consumed excess sleeping pills. She reportedly told the police later that she had consumed the pills in an attempt to commit suicide upset over the ragging incident the previous night.

Police said Muthuselvi was summoned from her room by three of her seniors in the hostel the previous night. The three had then allegedly ragged her. Feeling humiliated she consumed the pills the next morning.

Soon after obtaining her statement police arrested Kanagavalli, Jayaradha and Revathi accused by Muthuselvi. The three were remanded to judicial custody, police said.

18 Students Suspended for Ragging at HP Varsity

Terming as "ragging" a violent clash that left at least 12 students of a particular community injured, the Baru Sahib Eternal University in Sirmaur has suspended 18 hostellers in this connection.

Some employees of the university had allegedly attacked a section of students belonging to a particular community on the intervening night of Oct 14-15, injuring over 12 of them, the students had alleged.

The incident evoked sharp reaction with the Congress and CPI(M) demanding derecognition of the varsity.

The management last evening suspended 18 students who also had been asked to vacate the hostels, an official said today.

A showcause notice has been served on them, seeking an explanation by October 26 about their conduct, the official said.

Police said none of the victims, however, mentioned about ragging in their statements.

The students alleged that it was a ploy to divert the attention from violence perpetrated by the management.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Ishwar Dass Dhiman dubbed as "politically motivated" the statement of HPCC president Kaul Singh Thakur blaming the government for violence.

He said immediately after the incident, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal directed the Deputy Commissioner to inquire into the matter.

The Himachal Pradesh government today served a show-cause notice on the university in connection with the incident.

"We have issued a showcause notice to the Vice Chancellor of the varsity and action, as deemed fit, will be taken as per statutory provisions of Eternal university (establishment and regulation) Act, 2008" Director, Higher Education, O P Sharma said.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Ragging leads to minor clash in college

Last Updated : 14 Oct 2010 08:54:48 AM IST

HYDERABAD: Alleged ragging by senior students of a professional college at Ghatkesar led to a minor clash on the college premises with the relatives of the junior student beating up the seniors today. Police registered cases against seven seniors, including six girls, and also the college management for its failure to take stringent action against the seniors.
The incident took place in the Mother Theresa PG College at Chowdaryguda on the outskirts of the city.
The ragging took place yesterday morning when a first year MBA student Sasikala, was on her way to the college in a bus.
``Six senior girl students in the bus asked Sasikala to address them as Madam. Sasikala, however, refused to do so and instead told them that she would call them `akka’ (elder sister),’’ Ghatkesar police inspector Ch Srikanth.
Another senior boy was also involved in the ragging. They were all second year MBA students, police said.
Though the incident subsided then, the seniors caught Sasikala in the campus in the evening and picked up an argument with her.
This led to minor jostling between Sasikala and the seniors.
After reaching home, Shashikala told the incident to her parents and relatives. ``Around 10 relatives of the girl came to the college today and picked up an argument with the seniors who ragged the girl. The senior students were manhandled by Sasikala’s relatives,’’ police said.
Police intervened and pacified the two groups. Based on the complaint by Sasikala, police registered cases against seven students and the college management.
Police are yet to register cases against the relatives of Sasikala for attacking the students of the college.

2 brutally ragged, decide to discontinue study

United News of India

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 11:

In another case of brutal ragging, two first-year students of Nehru College of Aeronautics and Applied Sciences, Coimbatore, were allegedly thrashed and punched in their eyes by a gang of senior students.
Addressing a press conference here, the parents of Aswajith Ashok and Bilal Muhamed, hailing from here, said the students were allegedly ragged by ''Kovaiputhoorans,'' a gang of 'Malayali' students in the college.
Though the incident took place on the eve of September 29, it came to light only a few days ago when the students told their parents that they were not willing to continue their studies, fearing threat to their lives.
After the incident, the students underwent treatment at a private hospital in Coimbatore and left for their native places.
''Now, they are undergoing treatment at the Poojappura Ayurveda Research Centre here,'' the parents said.
Though the college received complaints from the parents in this regard, the management discouraged them from filing criminal cases against the culprits, fearing more problems, they alleged.

5 students held for ‘ragging'

ELURU: The police arrested five students of Vasavi Engineering College at Pedatadepalli in West Godavari district on Friday on the charge of ragging, involving a first year EEE student.

According to Kovvuru Deputy Superintendent of Police G. Janaki Sharmila, a case of ragging was registered against M. Krishna Chaitanya, Varun, Ramakrishna, Jagadeesh and Vamsi, all second year students, following a complaint from the victim, Akhilesh.

Fresher assaulted, stripped in Uttar Pradesh

Fri Oct 08 2010 14:16:53 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time) by IANS

Lucknow, Oct 8 (IANS) A fresher was physically abused, stripped, forced to consume liquor and perform indecent acts by some students of a government-run engineering college in Uttar Pradesh’s Sultanpur district, officials said Friday.

According to officials, four senior students of Kamla Nehru Institute of Technology late Wednesday forcibly took a fresher to a private place while he was buying something from a shop near the college in Sultanpur, some 150 km from Lucknow.

The four first directed Kumar to dance like a stripper. When he refused, the students started kicking him and also hit him repeatedly on his head with hard objects. Later, they removed his clothes and forced him to consume liquor.

The victim registered a complaint of ragging with the college authorities late Thursday evening.

“The first year student is able to recognise the seniors by their faces and not by names. We will take the fresher in classes of seniors to identify the four students,” Dipendra Singh, college registrar, told IANS.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Surat: Class V student accuses seniors of ragging

Surat, October 6, 2010

A standard V student of a reputed school in Gujarat's Surat district has accused his seniors of ragging.

The victim, Rajiv Mehta (name changed), alleged that the accused students of class IX beat him up and pricked a nail on his private parts. The torture was to such a degree that the victim allegedly fell unconscious.

"I was beaten for two days and on the third day when I went to the bathroom they closed the door from inside and gave me an injection after which I was unconscious," Rajiv said.

His father said, "He was pricked with sharp nails. It was going on for three months. We informed the principal about it many times but no action was taken so were forced to file a police complaint."

Rajiv's parents alleged that instead of taking any action against the accused students the school authorities told them to settle the issue amicably and withdraw the police complaint. But they are now determined about getting the accused punished.

"We don't want any settlement. I want those kids to be rusticated. I want safety for my kids in the school," Rajiv's mother said.

Headlines Today contacted the school authorities to get their version over the incident. However, the principal refused to respond to the queries.

Ragging: 7 students suspended

PATHANAMTHITTA: Seven students at the Government Polytechnic at Vennikkulam, near Thiruvalla, were suspended from the institution on ragging charge on Monday. M.S. Ravikumar, Principal, told The Hindu here that Usha Surendran, mother of Suraj K.S., a first year automobile engineering student, had alleged in a complaint submitted in the morning that her son was ragged on the campus on Friday. Vishnu Mohan, Deepesh K. Balan, Divesh Vijayan, Abhijith R., Manu Simon and two other senior students had harassed him mentally and physically.

Mr. Suraj, admitted to the district hospital at Kozhencherry with serious mental trauma and physical injuries on Friday afternoon, is recovering, L. Anilkumar, Hospital Superintendent, said. The Principal said an internal inquiry had been instituted on the basis of the complaint. He had handed over the complaint to the Koipram police station for action under the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1998. The police have filed a case. Students took out a march to the polytechnic on Monday, demanding action against the culprits.

Student suffers severe injuries in ragging

First Published : 02 Oct 2010 03:59:00 AM IST

TRIPUNITHURA: Akhil Dhileep, a second-year engineering student at Adisankara Engineering College, Kaladi, was admitted to Tripunithura Taluk Hospital with serious injuries allegedly caused by ragging. According to the students, a group of around 15 senior students dragged him to a corner of the college and heinously tortured him. When the student tried to make a complaint on the matter, the college authorities did not heed it.
Then he returned home near Nettoor here with serious injuries. At first, he did not mention the matter to his family members, but he explained everything to his friends when they had asked him, seeing his pitiable condition. Akhil’s body is full of scars owing to the attack. His relatives, after admitting him to hospital, have left for Kaladi to file a complaint with the police.

BIT Sindri student ragged

Anil Ashutosh, TNN, Sep 30, 2010, 12.20am IST

SINDRI: BIT Sindri, the only government engineering college in Jharkhand, is on boil after a first-year student's father alleged that his son was ragged and assaulted by seniors. While BIT administration is yet to probe the matter, All India Council for Technical Education () has shot off a letter to the institute asking what action it has taken in this regard.

Despite the administration's attempts to make the institute ragging-free, a group of second-year students on Wednesday demonstrated in front of the administrative building, demanding withdrawal of punitive action against two students charged with ragging.

In a letter to the Jharkhand governor, a resident of Bokaro alleged his son was badly thrashed by his seniors. Fearing a backlash from seniors the man requested the governor not to disclose his name. The letter alleged the first-year students were living under constant fear as seniors kept on assaulting and humiliating them.

It alleged the seniors badly thrashed another student in the presence of a teacher. The student now has hearing problem, he wrote. He accused the BIT administration of not taking action against the culprits. He requested the governor to take action against the institute.

Meanwhile, the eastern regional office of AICTE threatened to take stern action against the institute if it failed in submitting a report in this connection. Institute's general warden G Kumar said all efforts to identify the miscreants had failed.

Bid to prevent ragging leads to assault on campus

Posted: Wed Sep 29 2010, 04:48 hrs

Three students were allegedly beaten up at National College for resisting an attempt at ragging. They registered a complaint with the Khar police Tuesday evening, saying they were beaten up with bamboo sticks, chains and iron rods by attackers close to Masak Shaikh, 40, a “student leader” who frequents the college premises. Vijay Gore, a MNS student body member, said, “Saif Khan had come on Tuesday evening to apply for admission when Shaikh and his friends tried to rag him. Rizwan Faisal and Rehman Khan, tried to intervene and Shaikh’s people started assaulting them. The three were treated in Bhabha Hospital. We have requested the college authorities to write to the police asking them to prevent Shaikh from trespassing on the college premises as he is not a student but a troublemaker.” A police official said, “We have registered a case of assault against 15-16 persons and are taking statements of the victims.”

3 engineering students booked for ragging

Posted: Wed Sep 29 2010, 01:58 hrs

Nawanshahr: For the first time in the district, three engineering students have been booked by the Nawanshahr police for their alleged involvement in ragging. The case was registered at the Pojewal police station on the basis of a complaint lodged by Bhupal Singh, vice-principal of IITT College of Engineering, Pojewal, against three second-year engineering students, Amit Mishra and Rakesh Kumar and Vinay Kumar. The complainant has said that he received a number of complaints from first-year students that they were being threatened, abused and asked to perform objectionable tasks by the seniors. A few first-year students reportedly boycotted classes on Monday in protest against the delay in action.

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LUCKNOW: All seven engineering students who were arrested on Sunday in connection with a brawl with another student group of their institute were on Monday produced before a local court which subsequently sent them to jail. Meanwhile, the institute authorities, though, initiated proceedings to suspend the accused students, they clarified that the incident was not that of ragging but a simple brawl.

On Sunday, a group of fourth-year students clashed with a third-year group following a heated exchange earlier in the day.

The reports said a group of seniors had hauled up a third-year student, identified as Azad, on Sunday afternoon for not wishing them when he came across them a couple of days back.

In the afternoon, while Azad was having tea with his classmates at the hostel mess, the group of seniors - later identified as Mrityunjay Pathak, Jyoti, Mohit, Ankit, Vipul Thakur, Karamveer and Afaaque - arrived on the scene and allegedly started intimidating Azad. Things turned violent when the seniors allegedly poured a cup of hot tea over Azad and thrashed the juniors when Azad and his batchmates - Saif Masood Siddiqui, Madhurendra Kumar Giri, Vivek, Yogesh Singh, Deepak Yadav and Pranjal Singh - tried to resist.

The situation was brought under control after hostel warden Vishweshwar Singh reached the spot and directed the two groups to return to their respective hostel rooms and also informed the local Chinhat police about the incident.

Saif and Madhurendra - batchmates of Azad - had suffered serious injuries and were rushed to the Mayo Hospital in Gomtinagar. Vivek lodged a written complaint with the Chinhat police. On the basis of the complaint, the police detained Mohit, Karamveer, Ankit, JP, Vipul and Mrityunjay. They were subsequently arrested on charges of assault causing severe injuries. They were produced before a local court on Monday which remanded them to judicial custody.

Apart from the seven who were sent to jail, the university authorities also initiated action against two others - later identified as Afaaque and Sudhir - following allegations of their involvement in the incident. A four-member proctorial board committee has also been instituted to probe into the incident and submit a report within a week even as rumour mills began to work overtime, painting the incident as that of ragging.

Amity University's public relation officer (PRO) A Chaubey on Monday rubbished reports that described the incident as that of ragging. The two groups involved in the incident were third-year and fourth-year students and not freshers, hence there was no scope of ragging, the AU administration said.

Chaubey confirmed the reports of suspension proceedings against the nine students. About the condition of the injured, he said, "The condition of Vivek and Saif is better. They have been discharged from the hospital after providing proper medication. There is nothing to worry about."

Bihar CPI backs agitating PU students demands

PTI | 06:09 PM,Sep 27,2010

Patna, Sep 27 (PTI) Bihar state secretary of the CPI B N Lal today backed the demands of Patna University students who are sitting on an indefinite fast before the vice-chancellor's office to protest the pro-vice chancellor Syed I Ahson's "anti-student attitude" and putting an end to ragging of girl students. Lal who visited the PU campus to express solidarity with the students sitting on an indefinite fast asked the government to intervene to find out an amicable solution to the anarchy prevailing on the campus and ensure that the students withdraw their agitation. Lal said members of party's student wing All India Students' Federation (AISF) led by its state secretary were sitting on a fast unto death since September 25 against alleged unsavoury remarks made by the Pro-VC against Bihari students, cancellation of Rs 1000 fine imposed on them as late fine for filing of registration forms. The agitating AISF students have also demanded that proper action should be taken against those responsible for ragging of a Patna Women's college student last month.

Ragging axe on boarders

Eight boarders of Eden Hindu Hostel have been suspended for allegedly ragging a student of Presidency College on Thursday.

The decision to suspend the students — four from Maulana Azad College, three from Goenka College and one from Presidency College — was taken at a three-hour meeting on Friday following a complaint from the alleged victim.

“The eight students cannot stay in the hostel till the end of the autumn vacation. We will review the situation after that,” said Amitava Chatterjee, the acting principal of Presidency College.

It has been left to the individual college authorities to decide whether they would be suspended from the colleges as well.

“I called a meeting of the disciplinary committee of Presidency College and the anti-ragging committee of Eden Hindu Hostel on Friday after we came to know about the incident,” Chatterjee said.

The principal of Maulana Azad College and two representatives of Goenka College attended the meeting.

Dhrubajyoti Chakraborty, a postgraduate student of physics, said eight undergraduate boarders of Ward 4 had verbally abused and then assaulted him.

“The hostel superintendent had informed me about the incident around Thursday midnight. The next day I received a memorandum from 40 students who came out to help the victim,” Chatterjee recalled.

Chakraborty, the eight accused and the “witnesses” were called to depose at the meeting. “The defendants admitted that they had assaulted and abused the victim. But they said the victim, too, had abused them,” said Chatterjee.

The officials at the meeting were not convinced that a single student could abuse eight students. Students of Presidency, Maulana Azad, Goenka and Sanskrit colleges stay at the Eden Hindu Hostel.

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Ramjas student suspended for ragging

New Delhi, September 24, 2010

Ramjas College on Thursday suspended a BSc student for allegedly ragging his classmate earlier this month. Principal Rajendra Prasad, on the recommendation of a sub-committee of the anti-ragging panel, has also banned the student's entry in the college.
According to the college order, the student will face suspension "till further orders". The next meeting of the anti-ragging committee is scheduled on September 27.

The ragging incident came to light on September 9 when Ritwiz Rai, a first-year student of BSc (Honours) physics, filed a complaint with the college authorities. He accused Rajiv Kumar, from the first-year batch of BSc (Honours) mathematics, of beating him up with the help of senior students.

Though Kumar is also a first year student, the principal forwarded the complaint to the anti-ragging committee as he has failed his examination twice. "So technically, Kumar is senior and he attacked Rai with the help of his third-year friends. In this context, it is a case of ragging," Prasad said.

"The incident took place in the first week of September. Rai was beaten up when he tried to stop a few seniors from ragging his friend near the college canteen. The CCTV footage shows that nine senior students along with Kumar had thrashed him. Rai's left eye is badly hurt," said Tanvir Aeijaz Alam, a member of the college anti-ragging committee. This is the first instance of ragging reported from a Delhi University institution in the new academic year.

Six students arrested for ragging

Friday, 24 September 2010

Coimbatore, September 24: Six students of a private college on the city outskirts were today arrested on charges of ragging a first year student, who had to be hospitalised following the incident, police said today.

The student Muhammed Sadiq was asked by some seniors to remove his shirt and put their shirts on, but Sadiq refused following which they allegedly attacked him yesterday.

Sadiq was allegedly injured in the incident was admitted to a hospital, police said.

Based on a complaint filed by the family members of the victim, police arrested six second-year students.


Seniors assault class VIII student

TNN, Sep 24, 2010, 04.19am IST

DHARAMSALA: The ongoing trial in the Aman Kachru ragging case in the fast track court at Dharamsala hardly had any impact on students of a government school in Kangra district who assaulted a class VIII student when he refused to carry out their orders.

A case of ragging was registered against three students on Wednesday pertaining to the incident at government senior secondary school, Paprolain Baijnath sub-division of Kangra district.

The three accused allegedly beat a junior, Ankush Kumar, after he refused to leave the classroom when they ordered him. Following this, parents of the victim took up the matter with school authorities and principal Suman Katwal lodged the complaint with police.

Tiruchi Anna Varsity suspends students

TNN, Sep 23, 2010, 12.46am IST

TIRUCHI: The Anna University of Technology Tiruchi (AUT-T) placed 47 hostel students under suspension after they clashed among themselves in the hostel on Sunday night. The university had stuck the suspension order on the notice board on Tuesday and had sent all the suspended students out of the hostel.

Vice-chancellor P Devadas Manoharan was not available for comments but sources in the university said he had ordered for a probe into the incident. While the university is tight-lipped about the cause of the clash, students said that ragging was the root cause of the fracas. A student of the university said a few days back a second year student ragged his junior, who happened to be the brother of a final year student. The incident triggered a quarrel between final year and second year students.

Another incident occurred within the next few days when a final year student asked a second year student who was watching television in the hostel to reduce the TV volume. The latter refused resulting in another quarrel. These incidents had created friction among the students who used to exchange harsh words occasionally. On Sunday night yet another quarrel broke out between the students and a clash ensued. Hostel staff intervened and pacified the students. However a couple of hours later they began assaulting each other again, said a final year student.

A university staff said the students have been suspended to prevent escalation of tension. Once the enquiry is over further disciplinary action may be taken against the students found guilty, he said.

Orissa: BPUT suspends five students of Piloo Mody College of Architecture over ragging case

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Report by Orissa Diary correspondent; Cuttack: The Biju Patnaik Technical University (BPUT) on Wednesday suspended five students of Piloo Mody College of Architecture for alleged involvement in ragging case and withdrew recognition of the college for the next academic year.

As per the information , on 7th August a second year B.Arch student Soubhagya Mishra alleged ragging by seniors belonging to fourth year of the college.A joint committee constituted by BPUT initiated probe into the matter and submitted its report following which the premier technical university took a serious note of it and suspended the students for two years. Besides, it withdrew recognition to the college for the academic session 2011-12.The students have been identified as Gourav Das Mohapatra, Devaditya Das, Aurojit Moitra, Anwesika Sahu and Pabitra Sahu.

These students had attacked Soubhagya with blades inflicting serious injuries to his neck. Meanwhile, the students, college authorities and OPECA have opposed the stringent action on the students and the college.

BHU suspends students for ragging

18 Sep 2010 19:23:00

Four students of the Banaras Hindu University (BHU), arrested for allegedly assaulting and ragging a physically challenged boy in the campus, were on Saturday suspended from the varsity and asked to vacate the hostel, a senior official said here.

A show-cause notice has also been served to Prof G C R Jaiswal, the then administrative officer of I N Gurtu Hostel, where the incident took place, BHU Press Publication and Publicity (PPP)cell chairman Prof Rajesh Singh said.

The Anti Ragging Committee found six students guilty of ragging B.Com student Ajit Kumar Upadhyay last year.

Upadhayay, a resident of Bihar, was allegedly ragged by six students on October 13 last year. He was also assaulted and an MMS was also prepared by his seniors. There were also reports that a fight had broken out between Upadhayay and others over non-vegetarian food being served in the hostel mess.

While Mohit Shukla, Girijesh Tiwari (both students of B.Com final year), Anuj Lal (student of L.LB first year) and Ashish Gautam (MBA), were arrested on Thursday on a complaint filed by Upadhayay, two others Rajat Anand and Ragav Alok have completed their course and left the university campus. Efforts are on to nab the two.

All the accused have been suspended from their classes till the completion of the committee's enquiry. Meanwhile, taking the moral responsibility for the incident, Dean of Commerce department Prof Vishambhar Jha resigned from his post on Friday.

Cuttack: School student punished for ragging

Updated: September 16, 2010 07:25 IST

Kendrapara(Orissa): Authorities of the state-run Jawahar Navodyaya Vidyalaya punished a seventh standard student for ragging freshers, official sources said.

The student was debarred from attending classes or staying in the hostel for a fortnight after he was found guilty of locking junior students in a bathroom for six hours during the night.

The incident occurred on Monday night and came to light after the parents of the victims the drew the attention of the authorities, said Pravati Pradhan, JNV principal.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Two MNIT students thrashed by seniors

TNN, Sep 17, 2010, 12.19am IST

JAIPUR: Two ragging incidents were reported in Rajasthan on Thursday one in the state capital Jaipur and another in Kota. While in Jaipur, the police have received a complaint against a group of students for beating up the juniors, the police in Kota were investigating charges made by an engineering student that he was ragged.

According to Jaipur police, a group of students from Malviya National Institute of Technology ( MNIT) allegedly thrashed two junior students from the same college with belts and helmets late on Wednesday night. The provocation was the two students had objected to an "abusive'' ragging session.

The victims, Shivram Meena and Lokesh Meena, are third year BTech students. According to police, both were returning to the hostel when seniors allegedly stopped them and started abusing them. The two in their statement to the police alleged they didn't follow the seniors' instructions and were beaten up.

"When the juniors objected, the group started hitting the two with belts and helmets resulting in head injuries,'' said a police officer. The two students were rushed to SMS Hospital by the police when they were informed by other students. A medical examination confirmed injuries.

The family members of the two arrived at the Malviya Nagar police station on Thursday morning and alleged the police were not doing enough to act against the seniors. The police, on the other hand, said the incident was a result of enmity between two groups. However, police have lodged an FIR against 10 students, who are on the run.

Meanwhile, Anshul Swadhin (19), a first year student of engineering college in Ranpur area in Kota, alleged that while he was sitting in the college canteen, a few senior students started ragging himm. The Kota police is verifying the allegation.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

PG student subjected to ragging at MAMC

A first year postgraduate student at Maulana Azad Medical College, the teaching wing of Lok Nayak Hospital, was allegedly ragged in the hostel premises by a group of seniors on Sunday night. The 23-year-old student specialising in medicine had lodged a complaint with the dean as well as the Delhi Police on Monday, alleging "misbehaviour/ragging" by a group of five seniors from the department.
The Dean Dr AK Agarwal has constituted anti-ragging committee of three members comprising Dr Veena Choudhary, Dr Swaraj Batra and Dr Richa Diwan to look into the incident.

"It was brought to our notice on Monday. We formed a fact finding committee the same day and on Tuesday after they submitted a report, we forwarded it to the apex committee. The next course of action will depend on the report that is expected to be submitted by this week," said Dr Agarwal.

Three students booked for ragging in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, Sep 14 (IANS) Three students of a government-run polytechnic institute were Tuesday booked for physically abusing and ragging two of their juniors on the campus in Uttar Pradesh’s Kanpur district, police said.

Montu Singh and Sandeep Kumar - both first year students of Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Applications (PGDCA) course - were allegedly assaulted by three of their seniors - Raghvendra, Dhirendra and Vineet - in the Government Polytechnic Institute in Nawabganj town, a police official said.

“On the pretext of interacting with the freshers, the three senior students entered their hostel and started misbehaving with them. When the two juniors objected, the three started assaulting them with leather belts and even hit them with bricks,” he said.

“A case has been registered against the three who are absconding. The two junior students are being treated at a hospital. Both of them are out of danger,” the official added.

The institute’s principal D.D. Singh told IANS: “It was the institute’s staff who got the case registered against the three students. An enquiry has been initiated against them.”

“Strict action would be taken against the students for misbehaving with the two junior students,” he added.

Ragged, tech freshers quit en masse

TNN, Sep 14, 2010, 05.58am IST

HALDIA: The entire first-year batch of Haldia Institute of Technology (HIT) walked out of campus on Monday evening, bag and baggage in tow, after relentless ragging and beating by seniors.

The trigger was a night-long thrashing and sporadic clashes throughout Monday morning when the freshers refused to be pressured into buying liquor for seniors.

This isn't the first such incident at HIT, which describes itself as the'largest private education institution in West Bengal'. Exactly a week ago, third-year students Dinesh Singh and Ranjan Roy were allegedly beaten up by their seniors. They lodged a complaint with the police but the institute has taken no action so far. It has not acted on Monday's incident either.

According to the complaint, a group of fourth-year students barged into T4 hostel on Sunday night and beat up first-year boarders. "They used to force us to get liquor for them. This time, we refused. At night, they stormed into our rooms and beat us," said a fresher.

One of the severely injured students, Sukanta Biswas, of the computer science and electronics department, lay bleeding in hostel all night because he dared not step out. He was taken to hospital in the morning. At 8am, the traumatized and injured freshers sat on dharna at the admin-istrative office. The authorities only assu-red that security would be increased but said nothing about identifying and punis-hing the culprits, said the first-year stude-nts who skipped class. Soon, clashes broke out between them and final-year students.

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Agriculture College student thrashed by senior in MP

PTI | 11:09 PM,Sep 13,2010

Indore, Sep 13 (PTI) A 20-year-old student of Government Agriculture College here was today allegedly beaten up by seniors, police said. Anil Dhangar suffered serious injuries in the attack in the institute's premises, they said. The B.Sc first year student had opposed the recent ragging of his and that of 20 others by seniors and was going to the college Dean to file a complaint. However, when the seniors came to know about his plan, they assaulted him. They did not spare even his brother and other friends who tried to protect him, police said. On a complaint lodged by Dhangar, police have registered a case against five senior students and their other unidentified associates under relevant sections of IPC. A search has been launched for the attackers, they added.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Engineering student hospitalised after ragging in hostel

Thursday, September 09, 2010 11:39:43 AM by IANS

Kota (Rajasthan), Sep 9 (IANS) A Gujarat youth studying at a private engineering college here has been hospitalised for depression after he was harassed and not allowed to sleep for two nights by seniors at a hostel, says his father who has complained to police of ragging.
A case has been registered against three students of the college, police said Thursday.

Rahul Sharma, who is from Vadodra, has taken admission to the R.N. Modi Engineering College only six days back. The complaint was made Wednesday.

“After taking admission in the college, we got him a room at Modi Hostel in Jawahar Nagar area of the city. It was in the hostel that he was mentally harassed and tortured and not allowed to sleep for at least two nights,” Rajkumar Sharma, Rahul’s father, said in the police complaint.

Sharma said as soon as he came to know about it, he rushed to Kota and complained about it to the college authorities. “After not getting a proper reply, we requested that he be allowed to leave the hostel.”

On Wednesday, Rahul started to cry and suddenly collapsed, his father alleged. He was admitted in a government hospital here. “He is not in a condition to talk to anyone,” Sharma said.

The hostel authorities said the father and son had come to them and were asked to file a complaint with the director. “However, they did not do so,” a college official said.

Police have started investigating the matter. “We have got the ragging complaint and have started to search for the accused students,” said a police official.

In April, the Rajasthan High Court while hearing a ragging case had asked the state government to deal with incidents of ragging with a firm hand. The court had also directed the government to enact an anti-ragging law in the state. It had observed that ragging is a serious issue and could not be dealt with only through anti-ragging orders passed by universities and colleges.

Girl ragging case gets murkier

Sep 07, 2010 01.30 PM
The case involving Jothi, a second year student at the Anna University, is getting murkier with the Rasipuram Police setting camp in Chennai for investigations with students and concerned college authorities.

Jothi, a second year BE student, was studying at the Anna University when she went to native place Rasipuram on 2 September. She was found hanging inside the house the next day. Though a lot was said about the death of this ECE student, the actual reason for her death is still a mystery. Initially it was told that Jothi committed suicide owing to increasing family problems.

Her family members and relatives suspected that Jothi was a victim of ragging and was forced to death due to this. Thus, a complaint was registered in the Rasipuram police station. Since initial investigations yielded no results, a team comprising police officers from Rasipuram has set up base in Chennai on Monday.

They were seen investigating students at the Anna University regarding the death of Jothi. A recent tip off has revealed that Jothi was constantly ragged at the college and a male student was sending her abusive messages on her mobile phone. Jothi's guardian in Chennai, Kumar told police that "It is certainly a case of ragging and Jothi was forced to death by abusive messages sent to her. I'm willing to appear in court and reveal all this before a judge".

More investigations are expected in the following days

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Meerut ragging case: Ragging or caste war?

Meerut, September 07, 2010

An incident of ragging rocked the premises of Sir Chotu Ram Engineering College of CCS University late on Sunday night. Kuldeep Singh and Kamlesh Yadav, students of B.Tech second year of the prestigious college affiliated to Chaudhury Charan Singh University, maintained in their complaint that they were thrashed when they denied to obey unjustified and unlawful demands.

In their complaint, they have named four seniors along with their six other unidentified aides. Police admitted of receiving complaint saying that “ action would be initiated after a thorough investigation.’ SP ( City) Prabal Pratap Singh himself looking into the matter said, “ If someone found guilty he won’t be spared.”

Declining the charges, one of the accused Naveen Chaudhry , however, described it a fallout of the ongoing caste rivalry among students, which has been given a drift as an incident of ragging. “Had they been subjected to ragging it would have happened in the previous year. They are just trying to give a hype to the matter to entangle them in a crime case."

CCS campus has witnessed lot of student tussle on caste and regional grounds in the recent past. This incident is also being seen as a consequence of this ongoing caste rivalry.

On the other hand, University administration has denied any such incident and so did the college authorities. DSW, Dr HS Baliyan, expressed ignorance of the occurrence of any such incident. "I have no such information yet." he said.

Engineering student attempts suicide after ragging

2010-09-07 13:20:00

A first year engineering student at a private college in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur district attempted suicide after being ragged by some seniors, police said Tuesday.

Vishal Yadav, 18, a B.Tech student of the Pranveer Singh Institute of Technology (PSIT), consumed a mosquito repellant late Monday in his hostel room on the campus. Singh was rushed to a hospital in an unconscious state by his batchmates.

'He is out of danger, but doctors will continue to keep him under observation for the next few days,' Deputy Superintendent of Police Hemlata told reporters Tuesday morning in Kanpur, some 80 km from Lucknow.

'Preliminary investigations reveal the student tried to end his life as he was disturbed over his ragging. We have registered an FIR (first information report) against unidentified students as Vishal is not aware of the names of his seniors involved,' Hemlata said.

'But Vishal is quite sure that he can identify the seniors by their faces. Once he identifies them, an FIR with names would be registered against all of them,' she said.

Police have also sought assistance from the college staff in order to identify the students involved.

'We will extend our full cooperation in the police enquiry,' Rajesh Pandey, a hostel warden of the college, told reporters.

Yadav's father Hari Shanker, a resident of Hamirpur district, said, 'My son was very depressed because of ragging. He used to call up his mother and would ask her to take him back to Hamirpur.'

-Indo-Asian News Service

Girl student found unconscious at RGSC

VARANASI: Sensation prevailed on the Rajiv Gandhi South Campus ( RGSC) of Banaras Hindu University (BHU) at Barkachha in Mirzapur district on Sunday, when a girl student of MCA programme (second year) was found lying unconscious in her room at Vindhyavasini Hostel.

The girl, identified as Aruna, was rushed to the district hospital, where her condition was stated to be out of danger.

"The condition of the girl is stable and reported to be out of danger", said chief medical officer Dr Daya Shankar while talking to TOI over phone. The girl is responding well to the treatment and has been kept under medical observation. The initial reports suggest it to be a case of hysteria, he added.

As per H C S Rathod, chief proctor, BHU, the proctorial board and anti-ragging squad are probing the matter. He also said that the officer-on-special-duty (OSD) and other senior officials are keeping a strict vigil on the situation.

Tension in college after student alleges ragging

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 19: The situation on the Ekamra College campus was tense today after a fresher alleged ragging by his seniors.

Subhendu Sathpahy, a Plus II first year student of the city based Ekamra College, alleged that his seniors asked him to strip and assaulted him when he denied.

Sathpathy started coming to the college from August 16 as classes for the first year students began for the present academic session.

He said that he was trying to enter the Block C of the college building when a group of senior students of Plus III final year, who were sitting on the balcony, called him.

“He was scared and pretended as if he did not hear them. At these, the senior students started using slang language and asked him to come to them. They then asked him why his shoes were not polished,” said Santosh Panda, uncle of the victim Subhendu Sathpathy.

“Later they abused him asked him to strip. As he refused, they smeared cow dung on his uniform and physically assaulted him,” Panda alleged.

“We have submitted a written complaint to the college principal and are soon going to file an FIR at the Air Field police station,” he added.

Sathpathy received injuries in his stomach and other lower abdomen, and had to be rushed to nearby hospital.

“The college authorities are responsible for this. We need an explanation why the college authorities cannot ensure the protection of their own students. Especially in the present day situation, when ragging is considered a serious offence and has been banned, I wonder why do the college authorities fail to take any action,” said the victim’s uncle, as he rushed to the hospital receiving the news of his injuries.

“When I contacted the principal of the college on this issue, she kept repeating that it was not ragging and that it was the result of a clash for tensions related to election. It is not quite clear to me how can my son, who joined the college only four days ago, become a victim of college election,” asked Srikant Sathapathy, father of the victim, demanding immediate action against the offenders.

“The seniors have been ragging us frequently ever since we joined. We have given a written complaint to the principal of the college,” said Radha Mohan Nayak, another Plus II student.

“There was a disturbance between senior and junior students, but we have heard that they have compromised among themselves,” said Soumendra Tripathy, inspector-in-charge of the Air Field police station.

But Pranati Mishra, principal of the college refused to believe that any incident of ragging has taken place on the college premises. “There was nothing like ragging. It was a routine clash that happens during election,” she added

Monday, August 30, 2010

Kanpur engineering student claims he was ragged, police register case

An engineering student of a private college has alleged that he was ragged by his seniors who threatened to beat him up, a charge denied by its management.

On a complaint by the father of Pranshu Singh, 20, a student of B-Tech Computer Science in PSIT Engineering College here, an FIR has been lodged against unidentified students on the charge of attempt to murder (Section 307 of IPC) and under other relevant sections of UP Prohibition of Ragging in Educational Institutions Act, Superintendent of Police (Rural) Lal Bahadur said.

The student, who hails from Aligarh, alleged he was accosted by his seniors who asked him awkward questions after he emerged from his hostel room yesterday.

He alleged that the seniors also threatened to beat him up when he could not answer their queries. A frightened Singh ran from the spot. He claimed that he heard gunshots and fell unconscious after falling into a puddle.

He later approached college officials who took him to a hospital but college authorities said he was receiving treatment for Malaria.

"When Pranshu Singh was brought here, he appeared extremely nervous and frightened. When we examined him, we found that he was suffering from Malaria. But there were no external signs of injury," DV Johri, medical superintendent of Kanpur Medical Centre, said.

College officials denied that it was a ragging incident. They alleged that Singh had "enacted a drama" as he wanted to leave the college to return to his hometown and get a fee refund.

"We have set up a committee to probe the incident. The truth will come out once it submits its report," a college official said.

The SP said, "We are investigating the case. We will quiz the student and college officials."

6 students arrested for ragging


Tiruchirapalli, Aug 26:

Police arrested six under-graduate students of a private College at Puthanampatti, near here last night, under the Prohibition of Ragging Act.
Police said four second-year students Ganesan, Babu, Sakthivel and Prabu, and two third-year students Balaji and Kalyanasundaram had caused mental and physical harassment to the complainant, Dinesh Kumar, a first-year student of B.Sc Physics. He was staying in the college hostel.
The arrested had beaten up Dinesh Kumar, inflicting injuries, due to which he had to be admitted to a private hospital at Thuraiyur.

Class XI student of Phagwara school alleges ragging

Phagwara, Aug 18 The family of a class XI student of a local girls school has filed a complaint with authorities here alleging that she was ragged by her seniors.

Dazy, a student of a collegiate school of a women's college, alleged that she was beaten up by her seniors during a ragging session some four months ago.

The family has lodged a written complaint to sub-divisional magistrate Amarjit Paul who forwarded it to the police. City SHO Amrik Singh Chahal said a complaint has been received and it was being investigated.

The head of the educational institution denied that any ragging took place.
- (Agencies)

Aug 18, 2010

Friday, August 20, 2010

Six Goa students evicted from hostel for ragging

2010-08-19 17:30:00

Six medical students were evicted from the Goa Medical College hostel, located near Panaji, for ragging, a top official said Thursday.

GMC Medical Superintendent Rajan Kuncolienkar told reporters that the institute's anti-ragging committee had decided to evict six student from the hostel for ragging in the medical college's residential facility.

'The management has also lodged a formal complaint with the local police station. We are acting as per law,' Kuncolienkar said.

The action, he said was taken after junior students complained that they were ragged by the senior medical students in the hostel over a period of time.

The GMC is among Asia's oldest medical colleges.

Two Haryana students suspended for ragging

2010-08-19 15:10:00

Aug 19 (IANS) A state-run polytechnic for boys here has suspended two students on charges of ragging a junior, officials here said Thursday.

The accused were identified as Ajay Kumar and Parveen, both final year students of the mechanical stream, the officials said. They were suspended on the direction of the anti-ragging cell of the University Grants Commission (UGC).

'A first year student of the electronics stream had told his friend studying in the same polytechnic about the ragging incident. Following this, an anonymous mail was sent to the anti-ragging cell of the UGC,' an official of the polytechnic said.

'The students had named two others (besides the suspended students) in the complaint and accused them of ragging and beating. Following this we got directions from the UGC to inquire into the matter.'

The polytechnic administration has constituted a three-member committee to investigate the ragging case.

Sudhir Gilhotra, principal of this institute, said, 'Incidents of ragging are totally intolerable in our polytechnic and we make it clear to our students right at the time of admission.'

'We have suspended the accused students with immediate effect. Appropriate action will be taken against them once the inquiry committee submits its report,' stated Gilhotra.

Student 'ragged' for not smoking

MOHALI: A student of Rayat and Bahra Engineering College, Mohali, has alleged that he was ragged and mercilessly beaten up by his seniors when he refused to smoke and dance in front of them. However, Mohali police as well as college authorities are maintaining that it was a case of group rivalry as the student was not thrashed by his seniors but nine freshers. Police have reportedly rounded up two persons.

On Tuesday, Gurinder Singh approached the police stating that he was singled out by nine students of his college, who forced him to smoke and dance for them. The victim, Sector 7 resident of Chandigarh, stated that he was thrashed when he refused to do the same. Gurinder was immediately taken to civil hospital, Kharar, where his condition was stated to be stable.

Police have registered a case against the nine students— Amrik, Mohni, Harman Singh, Sakhi and five other unidentified youths—under sections 341, 323, 324, 506, 148, 149, 295 of the IPC at Kharar police station. Dismissing the incident as a case of group rivalry, spokesperson of Rayat and Bahra Engineering College, Sanjeev Tejpal, stated that it was not a case of ragging. “The college has initiated an internal inquiry and would soon unravel the details. We witnessed such a group clash last year as well, when a massive fight had broken out between two rival groups. Since only one person has been singled out this time, it appeared to be a case of ragging,” he added. Stating that the college has also lodged a complaint, Tejpal said that it would soon be obvious that it was not a ragging incident.

Meanwhile, Kharar SHO Harsimranjit Singh Bal said two students— Harmanjot Singh and Amrik Singh— had already been arrested in the case, while efforts were on to nab others too. “Gurinder was attacked with a sharp-edged weapon. He is undergoing treatment at civil hospital, Kharar,” he added.

During initial probe, it was found that the youths accused of ragging had recently joined the college. “They have denied any involvement. We suspect another youth, Rana, to be behind the fight. Efforts are on to nab him,” the SHO stated.

“Those arrested are first-year students, who joined the college 10 days ago,” the SHO said, adding that it would
soon become clear whether it was a case of ragging or group rivalry.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Tech boy raises ragging charge - Bankura student to discontinue study at SIT

Siliguri, Aug. 16: A first-year student of the Siliguri Institute of Technology was forced to return to his Bankura home yesterday after he was allegedly ragged by two senior boys who beat him up with shoes and forced his face into a commode at a private hostel here.

The father of the victim has lodged an FIR at the Pradhannagar police station against Kaushik Chakraborty and Aritra Bhattacharya, accusing them of physically and mentally torturing Riju Ghosh, who was pursuing a BTech course in computer science at the SIT.

While Kaushik is a BCA student at the SIT, Aritra is pursuing electrical engineering course at Surendra Institute of Engineering and Management (SIEM). Both are into the second year of their courses

“There are around 10-12 students at the private hostel at Pradhannagar. Five of them, including my son, were first-year students, while others are senior to them at different colleges. Riju had been staying in the boarding since August 9 when first-year classes began at the SIT. He was facing physical and mental torture from some of the seniors,” said Subir Ghosh, Riju’s father.

Ghosh said Riju had never told his parents about the ragging.

“He feared the seniors would torture him more if they found out that he had been complaining. When I or his mother asked him if he was being treated well at the hostel, he would avoid giving any reply. We never suspected anything foul. However, the situation turned ugly on Friday night when the seniors tortured him so much that my son went into shock. One of his friends called me up in the dead of night to tell me about his condition. I immediately boarded a bus and reached Siliguri on Saturday,” Ghosh said over the phone from Bankura.

The father reached Bankura with Riju this morning.

According to Ghosh, Riju was suffering from fever on Friday night.

“The other senior students had gone home for the weekend and only Kaushik and Aritra were present. They called the junior boys to their rooms and asked them to do sit-ups 250 times, sing and dance. They were also forced to smoke ganja. Riju was feeling feeble and requested the seniors to spare him. But Kaushik and Aritra were not ready to relent. My son did what they asked him to as long as he could. But he started feeling weak and could not carry on any more,” said Ghosh.

But the senior boys refused to listen. They beat Riju with shoes and forcibly took him to the toilet.

“The seniors put my face in the commode and turned on the flush,” Riju.

Ghosh said Riju would never be sent back to the college.

“I will never send my son back to that college even if it means he will lose an academic year. I have spoken to the SIT authorities and requested them to take severe steps against the guilty students. Riju has been examined by a doctor in Bankura. The doctor said my son is depressed and prescribed some medicines,” said Ghosh.

The 48-year-old man runs a grocery shop near his house at Natunganj in Bankura.

Riju’s mother Ruplekha, too, is against sending the boy back to Siliguri.

“We hope he gets admission to any college here. He may have to change stream but it is better than facing such horrific situations. His career is shattered; I hope the culprits are punished so that other boys like Riju don’t go through such situations,” she said.

The SIT authorities admitted having received a verbal complaint from the boy’s father.

“We were informed of the incident by Riju’s guardians as well as police authorities. The college has an anti-ragging committee that will start an inquiry immediately. We do not encourage students indulging in ragging and in case the boy against whom the allegation has been levelled is found guilty, we can either suspend or rusticate him,” said Gautam Das, the principal-in-charge of the SIT.

Principal of the SIEM said the college had not received any complaint. “We have received no complaint so far. However, we take undertakings from students during admissions that they can face severe consequences if they indulge in ragging. We will start an inquiry and if the student is found guilty, we will suspend or rusticate him,” said R.K. Jha, the SIEM principal.

The police, too, are investigating the case.

“We received the complaint yesterday and have already started an investigation,” said Swapan Ghosh, the inspector in charge at Pradhannagar police station.

According to police sources, the Supreme Court had ruled in February, 2009, that all cases of ragging had to be reported to police who would then immediately set in motion criminal laws. The court had also observed that ragging is a “human rights abuse”.

Aritra and Kaushik were removed from the three-storied private hostel yesterday. Shivotosh Chakraborty, the owner of the facility, said he often kept tabs on the boarders.

“We regularly check on the boys to find out if they are facing any difficulties. We had asked Riju also whether he had any complaints. But he did not talk about any sort of harassment and neither did the other first-year students. We came to know about the ragging only after Riju’s father came here on Saturday. Both Aritra and Kaushik were asked to vacate the hostel and they left yesterday. While Kaushik’s maternal uncle and father came and took him away, Aritra left saying that he would shift to a friend’s house,” Chakraborty said.

Teen falls from hostel building, dies, parents allege ragging

A 19-year-old BTech first-year student at SRM University’s NCR campus in Modi Nagar fell from the fourth floor of his college hostel building late on Sunday night. On Monday evening, he succumbed to injuries. Although his family members alleged he was pushed down from the building by seniors who were ragging him, university authorities and his classmates called it an accident.
Abhishek Sahai, son of an engineer working for a private firm in Ranchi, joined the hostel a week back and had gone to the top floor of the under-construction building of his hostel at around 9.30 pm on Sunday from where he mysteriously fell 45 feet between the two campus blocks, police said.

Sahai was immediately rushed to a private hospital in Ghaziabad and thereafter referred to Fortis hospital in Noida where he died.

“His spinal cord broke from three places. He had suffered brain haemorrhage,” said a family member.

The victim's brother-in-law Piyush Kumar and his uncle Praful Kumar told Hindustan Times that the incident was a result of ragging at the college. “His brother had come to Delhi and wanted to meet him. But he sent a text message on August 14 stating that ragging was going on. He also posted status update on facebook about ragging,” Piyush Kumar told Hindustan Times.

However, the university denied ragging was behind the incident.

“This is just an accident and no ragging has ever taken place in our campus. The boy was talking over his phone and went to the under-construction top-floor from where he accidentally fell down,” dean Manoj Pandey told HT.

College officials also said the under-construction top-floor was completely blocked and no entry was allowed.

Abhishek's Facebook account ID mentioned: “Ragging is on, maza aa raha hai (we are having fun).” Family members said that there were no incoming or outgoing calls on the victim's mobile phone in a span of two hours before the incident.

The victim's roommates — Razi Ahmed and A. Ishwar — told HT at SRM campus that five boys, including the victim, had been cracking jokes in the front room when he went out. “After 15-20 minutes, we heard that he had fallen down,” said the boys. “There was no ragging.”

Following the incident, the SRM-University officials suspended classes for around a week and students were asked to leave. Superintendent of Police (SP) Capt. M.M. Baig said that police investigations will start as soon as the FIR is lodged at Niwari police station. “Family is free to lodge an FIR into the case and the matter would also be investigated thoroughly for any ragging incident,” Baig said.

Engineering student turns nervous wreck after ragging

2010-08-16 18:10:00
Bengal), Aug 16 (IANS) A first year engineering student of a private technological institute here in Darjeeling district turned into a nervous wreck after being ragged for several days by two seniors in a students' mess, his family said.

The father of the victim Riju Ghosh, who hails from Bankura district, has filed a police complaint in the Pradhan Nagar police station of this sub-division against two senior students, who had been allegedly ragging him at the private mess since Aug 9.

'Two senior students, one of whom is from our institute of the Siliguri Institute of Technology (SIT), and the other from a neighbouring institute used to rag me daily.

'They used to beat me up, strip me of my clothes and parade me naked, besides indulging in other forms of torture. Those two boys now have become horror to me. They wouldn't allow me to study even,' said Riju, who is now under medication and bedridden in his house in Bankura district.

Riju's father Subir Ghosh demanded that the two students be rusticated from their respective institutes and stern police action be taken against them.

'I want these students to be rusticated from their institutes. I had a tough time arranging funds for my son's admission and now I had to take away him away from that institute. I don't know what my son will do now,' he said.

'The inspector in charge of Pradhan Nagar police station has received the complaint. Investigation is on,' said Gaurab Sharma, additional superintendent of police, Siliguri.

The names of the two accused have not been disclosed during investigation.

Meanwhile, SIT principal Goutam Das said an anti-ragging committee was being formed in the institute. 'They will probe the matter. If the charges are found to be true, then the accused who is a second year student of our institute, could be suspended or even rusticated.'