Sunday, March 27, 2011

20 students lock up juniors, fired

TNN, Mar 16, 2011, 11.26pm IST

BIJAPUR: Twenty students of Class X of Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in Almatti have been fired from the school for ragging.

On Saturday, the students locked up 12 students of Class VIII and tortured and harassed them over a petty issue. They were threatened with dire consequences if they informed the authorities. The students alleged that they were beaten up with rods and sticks.

After a student complained to the vice-principal, the parents of the students involved in the incident were summoned and an apology letter sought from them. They were also sent home from the hostel with a warning.

Speaking to The Times of India, vice-principal S R Angadi said that the seniors wanted to settle an old score with their juniors and so resorted to ragging. "The parents of the 20 students have been told that their wards will not be admitted to the school next year. However, we will allow them to take the Class X exams," he added.

Student opposes ragging, beaten up

Muzaffarnagar, March 11:A first year college student was allegedly beaten up by his seniors when he opposed ragging, police said here today.

Tapan Joshi, a first-year BBA student in S D College of Management, was beaten up when he opposed ragging by his seniors yesterday, they said.

The victim has filed a complaint with the police and also with the college management, they said.


Coimbatore Medical College (CMC) authorities are reportedly inquiring into an incident of alleged ragging in which Vaibhav Gupta (20), a second-year student, sustained injuries on his eyes.

It is learnt that the victim was assaulted by a group of students.
He is undergoing treatment in a private hospital. The CMC authorities stated that stringent action would be taken against those indulging in ragging.

Ragging at Ravenshaw; seniors smell a rat

March 27, 2011 5:29:45 PM

PNS | Cuttack

While the High Court verdict on occupancy of contentious East Hostel of the Ravenshaw University is expected anytime now, an unsavory incident among the unauthorised occupants of the hostel on Sunday is snowballing into a major controversy.

Manas Samantray, a Plus III first-year Commerce student, lodged a police complaint saying he was beaten up by a group of senior students of the hostel. He is now hospitalised alleging that he was subjected to ragging. Refuting the allegations the Plus III third year students are saying the ragging slur is brought against them by the junior student at the behest of university authorities.

"The university authorities have stage-managed the entire drama having a political vendetta just on the eve of the High Court verdict. There was no question of any ragging inside the Hostel except a heated word of exchange between two groups of students over a blaring noise of a music system during study hours," said Pratap Mohanty, a third year student.

On the other hand, the junior students after lodging a complaint at the local Malgodown police station demanded stringent action against the seniors who are trying to bully the juniors. The current occupancy in the East Hostel is viewed 'illegal' by the university authorities who claim that the renovation work of the hostel was not complete and the students were forcefully occupying it.

But knowing very well that the occupancy of both the groups of students in the hostel as illegal, the university's Registrar ordered the Hostel Dean to conduct an inquiry and submit a report to the Ragging Committee. "If any student was found to be involved in ragging, stringent action would be taken against them," said Registrar Smarapriya Mishra.

However, Hostel Dean Bijay Mishra differed with it saying that it has not yet been ascertained whether the incident could be viewed as ragging. "We would only go by the police investigation into the matter as the same has been reported to police. Moreover, since there is a status quo in the hostel, for the matter is pending disposal in the High Court, we cannot officially conduct any enquiry about the happenings in the East Hostel," Mishra said over telephone.

"Nevertheless, the manner in which the University authorities are going head over heels to paint the issue as an incidence of ragging and are going to decide the fate of the students by the Ragging Committee definitely smells a rat and we believe it is a conspiracy against us," Pratap Mohanty alleged.

Dad sees conspiracy in girl hostel ouster

Santiniketan, March 5: The father of a Visva-Bharati student who was forced to vacate the hostel yesterday following alleged threats to her life has accused a section of teachers and students of “conspiracy”.

Dilip Sarkar said that in August last year, he had lodged a written complaint with the Kala Bhavan principal after Rs 14,000 was “stolen” from his daughter’s purse.

Sarkar said that following the complaint, his daughter used to be “mentally tortured” by some seniors at Ananda Sadan, her hostel, and teachers.

Sarkar, who is a teacher in Delhi, said one of the varsity teachers had told him “not to raise a hue and cry” as the “theft was part of ragging”.

“The teacher told me that a picnic would be organised with the money and my daughter would be invited to it,” Sarkar, who too had studied at Kala Bhavan, alleged.

“I presume that my complaint against a senior teacher and a student of Kala Bhavan did not go down well with the other teachers and students. They have all hatched a conspiracy to drive my daughter out of the hostel,” Sarkar said.

The student was asked to vacate Ananda Sadan because of “security reasons” after the vice-principal of Kala Bhavan received “threat calls” from a youth asking the authorities to take action against her for her “questionable lifestyle”. The youth had “threatened to kill” the girl.

Yesterday, the girl vacated the hostel.

Sarkar said a youth “used to disturb her in Delhi”. “That is why I had sent my daughter to study at Visva-Bharati. I never imagined my daughter would face such an ordeal at such a reputable institution,” he said.

Besu to suspend two students from hostel for ragging, accused fined

KOLKATA, 4 MARCH: The authorities of the Bengal Engineering and Science University (Besu) have decided to suspend two third-year students from its hostel for ragging a junior. A circular in this regard was issued today.

Guardians of these students will be summoned by the authorities to ask them about the whereabouts of their wards. An official of Besu said both the students and their guardians will be told that strict disciplinary action will be taken if any complaints are received in future.

The accused are students of the Electrical Engineering department. They will have to pay a fine of Rs 5,000 each while seven others, who were found to be “partially involved”, have been asked to pay a fine of Rs 2,000 each. The students will have to pay the fines within 15 days, failing which they will be debarred from appearing in the semester examinations, slated to begin in April.

Around 20 days back, the father of a first-year student lodged a complaint of ragging against some seniors with the authorities. The committee that probed the complaint submitted its report on Wednesday. The committee found the complaint to be true and recommended action against the guilty.

According to the report, the incident occurred on 4 February during a cultural festival. The victim alleged that a group of seniors asked him to perform several acts. His refusal led to an altercation. The seniors had allegedly pushed the first-year student and the latter suffered bruises.

The cultural festival was immediately suspended and Vice-Chancellor Prof. Ajay Ray formed a committee with the head of the department, dean of students and teachers. The victim alleged that he was ragged by seniors, though the accused students denied the allegation. The Registrar of Besu, Mr Biman Bandopadhyay, said: “We have taken necessary action against the students who were involved in the incident.”

Harsh Agarwal’s on a nationwide tour to root out ragging from campus

It is that time of the year when freshers will tread their first few steps into the college with fear and apprehension. In a couple of months, a new academic year will begin, and freshers will walk in with the nagging fear of being ragged.

The icebreaker has far reaching consequences, explains Harsh Agarwal, co-founder, Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE).

In his month-long tour in which he covered 12 cities from Nagpur, Nasik, Pune, Surathkal, Thiruvananthapuram, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Visakhapatnam, Kolkata and Lucknow, Agarwal says that there are a number of misconceptions associated with ragging that he hopes to demystify.

“There is no such thing as mild and severe ragging. Bullying is not the way to make friends,” said Agarwal, pointing out that from July 2009 to June 2010, there were about 164 cases of ragging registered across the country, out of which 19 resulted in death/suicide and over 60 students had to be hospitalised. “Most times, cases are not registered, and victims just suffer silently,” he added.

Those who get bullied are sadly, victims of circumstances, and the trauma they go through is unparalleled. “It is a herd mentality. It is all about being in the popular group; there are probably 10-15 hard core raggers, and just to be part of the so-called popular group others join in, not wanting to be left out,” said Agarwal, former consultant to the Supreme Court Committee on Ragging.

While many assume that ragging is a global phenomenon, it is actually quite restricted to our country. “It is for students to understand the issue. Students are actually shy and reserved when it comes to talking about it. The college also has a huge role to play. It is not sufficient to have laws which are not followed and helplines which are rarely used,” said Agarwal.

He suggested that colleges conduct anti-ragging workshops or even an anonymous survey, and find out the prominent places where students are ragged, or what the mentality of the students is. Having a complaint box is of little use, because the victims rarely reveal it,” he felt.

During the one hour session that Agarwal is conducting at various engineering and medical colleges in the city, there will be a screening of a documentary on ragging followed by an interaction with the students through informal activities to make them think on this issue and condemn this practice. However, he says that the response he has received from the colleges in Bangalore is disappointing.

“Before I began the tour, I had written to several colleges and many of them had been keen on the session.Now many are backing out, particularly in Bangalore. Incidentally, my stay in the city is the longest, because of the number of medical and engineering colleges here, and I am finding them very uncooperative,” said a disappointed Agarwal, adding that he was particularly let down by Bangalore Medical College, where he claimed that the principal did not show keen interest and asked him to come back next week.

MBBS student found dead at Talegaon

TNN, Mar 2, 2011, 11.25am IST

PUNE: Abhishek Adilkumar Panda, a second-year MBBS student of the Maharashtra Institute of Medical Education and Research (MIMER) in Talegaon, was found dead in his flat near the institute on Tuesday.

According to the Talegaon Dabhade police, Abhishek, originally from Bhubaneshwar, was found in an unconscious state by his room-mate at around 2 pm. He was taken to the college's hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

High court orders shield for ragging victim

Cuttack, Feb. 24: Orissa High Court has ordered interim protection for a first-year BTech student of C.V. Raman College of Engineering in Bhubaneswar following allegations of ragging and threats of further assault.

The student, Sanjeev Kumar, had filed a petition seeking security so that he could pursue his studies in peace. In his petition, Kumar alleged that the college authorities and police did not take any action even though he had lodged a complaint and FIR accusing a student of ragging and torturing him.

Kumar had filed the petition under the All India Council of Technical Education (Prevention & Prohibition of Ragging in Technical Institutions, Universities, including Deemed Universities imparting Technical Education) Regulations, 2009.

“Acting on it, the single-judge bench of Justice Sanju Panda ordered for interim protection while issuing notices yesterday to the C.V. Raman College of Engineering authorities and the inspector-in-charge of Khandagiri police station,” the petitioner’s counsel Bijay Kumar Pattanaik told The Telegraph today.

“The respondents are expected to file replies to the notice within a week,” he added.

Kumar had alleged that a second-year student of electronic and telecommunication engineering had several times ragged, abused and assaulted him on campus.

According to the petition, Kumar was rescued by a third-year mechanical engineering student and a second-year student of hotel management on February 1. He had reported the matter to the principal on the same day. The next day he lodged an FIR at Khandagiri police station after he was threatened with dire consequences and not being allowed to stay in Bhubaneswar if he did not withdraw the complaint submitted to the principal. The police, Kumar alleged, had taken no action on his complaint either.

The anti-ragging committee of the college had inquired into the matter. But no action had been taken against the student. “Unless I am protected by the college authorities and the police, I cannot continue my studies at C.V. Raman College of Engineering,” Kumar said, while seeking an order for inquiry into the alleged ragging and suitable action against the culprit.

The high court had on December 6 directed the Biju Patnaik University of Technology to form a monitoring cell on ragging and ensure formation of counselling cells at colleges and institutions affiliated to it. The high court issued the direction while disposing of a petition filed by BPUT challenging the ruling of the high court that had quashed the university’s order of punishment to five students for alleged ragging. BPUT had on September 13, 2010, debarred five fourth-year students of Piloo Modi College of Architecture from studies and university examinations for two years after finding them guilty of ill-treating, harassing and assaulting a second-year BArch student, as it saw it as “a fit case of ragging”.

The high court’s single-judge bench of Justice M.M. Das had quashed the order issued by BPUT on November 22 saying that it was “not a case of ragging but a case of scuffle between some students of the institution”.

Four ISM students hurt in group clash

DHANBAD: Four second-year students of the Indian School of Mines (ISM) here were injured when they were attacked by final-year students near Topaz Hostel in the wee hours of Sunday. One of the students, who received serious head injury, has been admitted in the Central Hospital.

ISM registrar Col M K Singh has ruled out ragging as reason behind the attack on the juniors.

"It has got nothing to do with ragging," Singh told TOI here on Sunday. "The term is coming to an end. It cannot be because of ragging which generally takes place when the session starts. Ragging occurs during the adjustment' period," he added.

Singh claimed there was no mass participation of students in the incident. The university management has started an inquiry which would be parallel to the police investigation. He said the dean of students welfare and hostel warden have been asked to probe the incident and report to the director. As an adminstrative action, defaulter students may also be expelled, Singh added.

However, the parents of several students have contacted the ISM authorities for a compromise. The Saraidhela police visited Central Hospital where the injured were admitted and recorded their statements.

Police said although a complaint has been received in connection with the clash, no FIR has been registered. According to the police, a group of senior students had clashed with the juniors on Friday too. The juniors were preparing to formally register a complaint with the director. The seniors reassembled at around 11.30 pm on Saturday. At around 1.30 am they reached Topaz Hostel where the juniors stay andd attacked them. The juniors told police they were beaten by the seniors with with iron rods and spades. They also alleged that the seniors were in an inebriated state.

Sanjay Meena, a second-year electrical engineering student, who received serious head injury was rushed to the Central Hospital by the ISM security guards. Three other injured second-year students are Kalpesh Kumar, Saurabh Meena and Dilip Meena .

In their statement before police, they named about a dozen seniors who attacked them.

Seniors thrash first-year medical student in Surat

SURAT: A first-year medical student has alleged that he has been ragged and attacked by his seniors in the wee hours of Saturday. Bhavani Singh has submitted his complaint to the dean of the Government Medical College, Surat. A committee comprising faculty members has been set up to inquire into the incident that took place in the GMC hostel at Majura Gate.

Singh has alleged in his complaint that four seniors had come to his room number 15 in the hostel around 12.30 am and took him downstairs where they thrashed him. However, some other senior students came to his rescue and alerted the college authorities who rushed to the spot.

GMC dean S K Vajpayee said, "The committee will find out whether it was a ragging incident or a fight among the students. So far no police complaint has been registered."

On Friday evening, a few seniors were playing cricket near the old boys' hostel. The ball went to the roof and those playing cricket shouted for Singh, who stays on the top floor, to get the ball. Since he was sleeping he could not go, Singh stated. The seniors attacked him for not following their orders.

They came to his hostel at around 12 midnight. He had asked his friend to lock the room from outside but the seniors found out that Singh was in the room. They broke the lock and took him downstairs and thrashed, Singh alleged.

"Since it was a fight over a cricket issue, it cannot be considered a ragging incident. We have not yet reached any conclusion and the matter is being investigated by the committee," said Vajpayee.

The college authorities also said the issue is between two groups of seniors who are at loggerheads with each other. One group had attacked Singh following which another came out to help him.

Union sit-ups and stair ordeal for polio boy

Tamluk, Feb. 21: A polio-afflicted student of a government college in Haldia was allegedly forced to do 100 sit-ups holding his ears, climb up and down the stairs several times and was beaten up by Trinamul Chhatra Parishad members for refusing to walk in processions with them.

Subir Das, 21, a first-year student of mechanical trade at the Industrial Training Institute in East Midnapore, was then forced to march with a Trinamul Congress flag around the campus on Friday. He was also made to give an undertaking to seniors saying he would not work for any other party except Trinamul.

Subir, whose father is a farmer, lodged a complaint with Durgachak police station on Saturday alleging he had been subjected to “mental and physical torture” by Siddartha Bayen, a second-year student of maintenance mechanics and general secretary of the Trinamul-led students’ union at the institute.

Subir, whose left leg has withered because of polio, said that on Friday, Siddhartha and around 20 other seniors stopped him from leaving the college after classes.

“They had earlier asked me to join the Trinamul union and walk in processions with them. On Friday, they forced me to do nearly 100 sit-ups holding my ears,” Subir, a resident of Haldia’s Bishnuramchak village, said.

“My head started reeling and I collapsed. But they did not relent. They pulled me up and forced me to go up and down the stairs of the three-storey building several times,” the student said.

Subir alleged the seniors then dragged him to the union room and ordered him to give an undertaking saying he “would be loyal only to Trinamul”.

“When I refused, they slapped and punched me. I could not bear the torture any longer and gave in to their wish. After that, they forced me to walk around the campus with a Trinamul flag,” Subir said.

This morning, the union members did not allow him to attend classes because he had lodged the police complaint. Subir could eventually attend classes but only after the principal intervened.

However, Subir alleged principal Uttam Dutta refused to accept his written complaint and asked him to “strike off Siddhartha’s name”.

“He also advised me to withdraw the police complaint against Siddhartha,” Subir said.

Dutta said he had set up a “four-member committee to look into” Subir’s complaint. “We will take appropriate action after receiving the committee’s report.”

Chakradhar Maikap, the minister of state for technical education, said that according to Supreme Court guidelines, the atrocities on Subir “amounted to ragging”. Maikap said he would ask the director of technical education to “investigate the case and take appropriate action”.

In an interim order in 2007, the apex court had made it mandatory for academic institutions to lodge FIRs if students complained of ragging.

Salil Gangopadhyay, the subdivisional police officer, said a preliminary investigation had revealed that Subir had been “physically and mentally tortured”. He said he had asked the local police station to “take action”.

The Trinamul union leader, Siddhartha, denied the allegations against him. “The SFI has instigated Subir to bring false charges against us,” he claimed.

The SFI controlled the students’ union at the institute till Trinamul Chhatra Parishad won the elections last year.

Ragging' at KU, two students assaulted

Vijay Sabharwal, TNN, Feb 12, 2011, 03.24am IST

KURUKSHETRA: Embarrassed over an incident of alleged ragging of two BA II year hostellers, Kurukshetra University officials as well as a police party carried out surprise raids at all KU hostels during the wee hours of Friday and rounded up seven outsiders, who had occupied rooms in the hostel premises.

The action followed complaints by Sandeep, a hosteller from Narnaul and Rajesh, a native from Gulha-Cheeka, that 10-15 senior students, including some outsiders, had assaulted and humiliated them on Wednesday night in their room in Bhim Bhawan hostel.

Ragging drives student to suicide in Bihar

Patna: A first year medical college student hanged himself at his private lodge in Patna after allegedly being harassed by seniors.

Sunny Kumar, a student of Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH), committed suicide on Wednesday night after being ragged by seniors.

Sunny, in his early 20s, was a resident of Chapra district, and was staying at a private lodge in Mahendru locality near the college campus.

A complaint has been lodged with the police by Sunny's family in this connection. His father told police that ragging had claimed his son's life, a police official said.

A Sultanganj police station official said Sunny's body was found hanging from the ceiling of his room in a private lodge. "At present, police are not in a position to say what prompted him to end his life. The matter is being probed," he added.

Sunny's relatives said he had been suffering from depression after being ragged on the campus.
PMCH authorities have denied any ragging on campus.

Two get life term in murder case in Bangalore

The Bangalore Rural court on Monday sentenced two persons to life imprisonment in a murder case. Yogesh and Mohan Kumar, who had killed Mariswamy on January 20, 2010, were also ordered to pay Rs30,000 to the parents of the victim in addition to Rs10,000 penalty to the court.

The duo had killed Mariswamy as he was ragging Yogesh’s sister. Yogesh and Mohan decided to kill Mariswamy as he paid no heed to their warnings.

They offered liquor to Mariswamy and headed towards Hoodi. From Hoodi, they went to Kadugodi. Mariswamy was urinating near a railway gate in the midnight when Yogesh and Mohan came from behind and stabbed him. They then set Mariswamy on fire.