Sunday, August 08, 2010

Ragging `tradition' continues at MU

LUCKNOW: The monster of ragging seems to be dying a slow death in other institutions of Lucknow, but it's alive and kicking in the Century old Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University (CSMMU). Have doubts over this? Read on.

Military cut hair and red socks for boys, simple tied hair for girls... that's the dress code for the new entrants at the medical varsity. This happens when the father batch (or the immediate senior) is not present on the campus as their examinations have finished. Officials claim that a majority of the students have gone back to their homes.

But authorities at the university dismissed this as tradition. "There is no defined dress code for students but they are told to wear white dress so that they may be separated from the other students,'' claimed Prof Abbas Mahdi, chief proctor, CSMMU. When asked to comment on the logic behind the red socks and military cut hair, he said, "This could be a coincidence." However, he could find no reason for the hair style. Asked to comment if the third or fourth year students could have passed on the methods, he said, "There is remote possibility for this. They are so busy with classes and practical work that they do not have any time for all this."

It may be noted that as per Supreme Court judgment delivered by Justice RC Lahoti and Justice Brijesh Kumar in Vishwa Jagriti Mission versus Union of India in May 2004, ragging is "Any disorderly conduct whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any other student, indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student."

The judgment added, "the students to do any act or perform something which such student will not do in the ordinary course and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of a fresher or a junior student. The cause of indulging in ragging is deriving a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by the seniors over their juniors or freshers.''

Read more: Ragging `tradition' continues at MU - Lucknow - City - The Times of India

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