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