Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Four expelled for ragging - Medical students banned for six months


Agartala, June 19: The Agartala Government Medical College last night expelled four students from its hostel for six months on charges of physically torturing a fresher from Rajasthan in the name of ragging him.

The four second-year students — Rimjhim Chakma, Rahul Deb, Utpal Tripura and Mrinmoy Tripura — had been ragging the first-year student from Rajasthan, Sravan Saini, since he took admission in the college last year.

Assistant professor M.K. Das said, “Every year, 15 students are admitted to the college on central quota. Sravan Saini was one such student who took admission last year. But from the very beginning, he was being physically ill-treated in the name of ragging by the four expelled students.” Though Saini had put up with the torture initially, things became unbearable during the past week. He called up his parents and informed them about the ragging after he was badly beaten up on Friday night, Das added.

“It was his parents from Rajasthan who spoke to the principal and implored him to save their son’s life. Principal Dilip Das took prompt action and directed the deputy superintendent of the college hostel, N.K. Shiv, to conduct an inquiry into the allegation and take action,” Das said.

He said the deputy superintendent reached the hostel and summoned the four students, but they kept him waiting for more than half an hour and did not turn up. Shiv brought this to the notice of the principal, who then called an emergency meeting of the disciplinary committee, which, after discussing the issue, decided to expel the four students from the hostel for six months and conduct further investigation into their activities.

Das said the expelled students had failed in their annual exams twice and had several allegations of drinking and unruly behaviour pending against them, which would now be inquired into. “Our problem is that in most cases, specific complaints are not lodged by the victim students. But this time, the culprits have crossed all limits and hence it has become a controversy,” he said.

He added that in view of the fresh admissions scheduled for next month, the disciplinary committee would keep a secret vigil on activities of the hostel boarders.

Allegations of ragging have been raised every year since 2006 against a section of students, especially hostel inmates. In 2007, son of Congress MLA Biswabandhu Sen of Dharmanagar, had to leave the college and join a private institution in Bangalore after he was subjected to ragging for days.

Minister for higher education Anil Sarkar has directed the college authorities to take strict action against students found indulging in ragging and other malpractice.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Student reports ragging, NID orders probe

The National Institute of Design has formed a seven-member committee to look into a complaint of ragging after an official complaint by a new student. The foundation course student filed a formal written complaint on Friday evening, accusing three second year students of ragging him. The institute had warned senior students about the consequences several days prior to the complaint.

The incident, however, has evoked angry responses from many senior students who accuse the freshman of having over-reacted. Senior students had apparently entered the juniors’ rooms at night and asked them to smoke cigarettes. One senior student brushed aside the incident as “a yearly drama, endemic around each May and June”.

Registrar Vijaya Deshmukh said the administration had received calls and emails from parents of a few new students, and that had kept them on their toes. Deshmukh said forcefully entering the students’ rooms counts as a misdemeanor, and that the senior students ought to have heeded the administration’s earlier warnings.

The institute has, after the incident, barred seniors from entering the junior’s rooms, and security guards have been asked to remain vigilant.

Two of the three accused students are in the Product Design and Exhibition Design courses, and the third has not yet been allotted one, having just passed his foundation course.

The committee will begin investigations from Monday, and a decision is expected to be reached by the end of the week. The three accused students have been suspended. An FIR has not been registered yet.

Monday, June 13, 2011

13-year-old sexually harassed at TTD school

Last Updated : 19 May 2011 09:53:10 AM IST

TIRUMALA: A 13-year old student from Hyderabad was allegedly sexually harassed by three of his seniors at Sri Venkateswara Veda Patashala in Dharmagiri on the Tirumala Hills.

Parents of the boy lodged a complaint with the Two Town Police Station here on Wednesday.

They had taken the matter to the notice of Veda Patashala principal Ramamurthy and Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Executive Officer IYR Krishna Rao. “But no action has been initiated against the culprits,” they said.
Acting on their complaint, police booked a case under Section 377 of the IPC and also under the Ragging (prevention) Act.

“The incident seems to have happened 20 days back. We are investigating,” said sub-inspector Amarnath.

The TTD confirmed the incident but claimed that an inquiry was conducted and the accused given TCs.

It further said it had assured the boy’s parents that since the offenders had been expelled, they could readmit their son in the school and promised help in the continuance of his education at the Veda Patashala. However, the parents had refused its offer.

TTD executive engineer RSSUR Subramanyam has been deputed as administrative officer to the Veda Patashala.

The school staff have also been directed to keep a night-long vigil with each looking after 12 boys.

BITM students ragged at gunpoint by seniors

Bhopal: Students of Bhopal Institute of Technology and Management (BITM) have filed a police case against their seniors for ragging and beating them up on Monday. The police have registered a case of assault against the accused.

Santosh Kushwaha, Prashasnt Singh, Vikky, and Sudhir Kushwaha, all BE first year students, say that they were forced by their senior Sikandar Singh and his friends at gunpoint into accompanying them to his house where they were ragged and beaten up by more than 10 students.

Santosh and his friends, who live at Sant Asharam Nagar, said that they were invited by Sikandar over telephone to a party at his house in BHEL Sangam Colony on Monday night which they declined.

However, Sikandar, along with Sudhir, Nirbhay and Aryan went to their house, forced them into opening the door by smashing the window glass, and made them accompany him to his home.

All the seniors were reported to be in an inebriated condition at the time of the incident.

Girl files police complaint against ragging at nursing college

Bhopal: A case of ragging in a girl’s college has been reported from the city. The complaint has been filed at the Gandhi Nagar police station by the victim who claimed to have been ragged.

According to police report, Dimple Tanwani (19), a first year B Sc (Nursing) student at the Pragyan College of Nursing, was ragged by Jennifer Thomas, Lina Verghese, Lily Naynon, and Seren Chako (all final year students). Dimple said that on Saturday, at around, 3:00 in the afternoon, the senior girls came to her room and abused her. They also asked her to talk to some boys over telephone which she refused and was then physically beaten by the four girls.

Dimple said that she was also threatened to be beaten again if any complaint to the college principal was made. She also said that Sunita Lawrence, the college principal, also tried to brush the issue under carpet when she informed her about the happenings by saying that all internal issues should be solved by amicable discussions. At this she was forced to raise the matter with her family members and decided to file a police complaint.

The college principal, however, has denied any ragging incident having taking place at the college.

Juniors file complaint against seniors, get thrashed

Jaipur: Day scholars of a private university were allegedly beaten up on Thursday by the hostellers angry over an FIR registered a day before at the police station in Chaksu.

A BTech second year student had lodged an FIR on Wednesday against his seniors for allegedly beating him and his classmates on way to the varsity for their annual examination.

Ajay Chaudhary, a BTech 2nd year student of Jagannath University said, "I was about to enter the examination hall on Wednesday when a group of seniors came and started beating me up. I rushed to the police station to lodge an FIR against the seniors but neither the police nor university administration took any action. The group of seniors returned on Thursday to take revenge and brutally beat up my classmates too.” Chaudhary received a fracture in his left hand while three were seriously injured.

Student leaders of Rajasthan University have now decided to protest against the hostility of police and the university administration. Amit Sharma, a student leader of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) said, "The hostellers in the university demand money from juniors and beat those who deny it. Instead of taking action against the hostellers, the university administration and police tried to suppress the matter. We have decided to block all university buses on Friday morning.” The ABVP activists also approached the police commissioner.

Meanwhile, police claim that the incident was only a sort of students' clash and denied any possibility of ragging. "We have registered the FIR lodged by Ajay Chaudhary. We will take action after proper investigation," said Rajendra Singh Shekhawat, SHO, Chaksu police station.

On the other hand, university officials claimed they were ready to take disciplinary action against such

3 booked for ragging in Haryana

Three students have been booked for assaulting a youth, who was allegedly stabbed and ragged outside a college campus, said the police on Tuesday.

A case has been registered under various sections of the IPC against the three students of Khalsa College for allegedly stabbing Daler Singh outside the college campus when he had gone there to seek admission to a postgraduate course, they said.

Singh was admitted to hospital with stab wounds. In his complaint, Singh, who did his graduation from the same college, alleged that he and two of his companions were asked to remove their trousers in front of girl students.“A case for allegedly stabbing and beating has been registered against the trio,” Deputy Superintendent of Police Krishan Hooda said.

College Principal Ravinder Kaur, however, told reporters that no incident of ragging had taken place inside the college premises.

Engg student hospitalised after ragging

Bareily: In another incident of brutal ragging, a first year engineering student was admitted to hospital after receiving a brutal assault by some seniors in the name of ragging at a government-run university campus here, police said Friday.

Jagjeevan, studying in B.Tech first year of mechanical engineering at the M.J.P. Rohilkhand University, was Thursday beaten by a group of four senior students of B. Tech third year of the same stream.

According to police, Jagjeevan in his complaint has alleged that the four seniors ,Vivek Mathur, Sumit Kumar, Aseem and Himanshu, first directed him to perform awkward actions while singing a song.

After Jagjeevan refused, the seniors started kicking him and even attacked him with belts and stones.

"Jagjeevan has received injuries in his head. He is being treated at a hospital and is stated to be out of danger," Police Inspector Netram Singh told reporters Friday in Bareilly, some 250 km from Lucknow.

"We have initiated a joint enquiry into the matter along with the varsity officials. Necessary action would be taken against the four students on completion of enquiry. All of them are absconding," he added.