Friday, March 12, 2010

2 engg students held for ragging

VIJAYAWADA: Two students of Siddartha Engineering College at Kanur near here were arrested on Wednesday on charges of harassing and ragging a girl student.

The harassed girl, who filed a complaint with the police, reportedly attempted suicide four days ago. The cops are searching for two other students who were named by the victim. The first-year B Tech student in her complaint said four of her classmates have been harassing her for the last few months.

The accused students — Yarlagadda Pavan and Manne Satish — were arrested on Wednesday night and cases were registered against them under the AP Prevention of Ragging Act of 1997.

"They made my life a living hell by constantly teasing me and trying to physically abuse me," the girl said in her complaint. Police said the girl took sleeping pills on March 7 night in her hostel room and fell unconscious. The parents reportedly took her to a private hospital for treatment and wanted to hush up the matter.

However, the girl mustered courage to lodge the complaint against the accused students after her recovery. In fact, the state government had brought out a new GO two days ago making the anti-ragging rules stringent.

As per the GO, the management of the college would also be held responsible in case a ragging complaint was filed from any junior student.

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