Thursday, September 12, 2013

Delhi architecture student alleges ragging by seniors

 It all happened on September 2; FIR on December 30 after victim’s father approached Jharkhand High Court A Bachelor of Architecture first year student at the School of Planning & Architecture here was allegedly ragged by some of his seniors in the hostel causing him injuries.

 A case has been registered at the New Friends Colony police station in this connection. Though the incident took place this past September 2, the First Information Report (FIR) was registered on December 30 after repeated complaints to the institute officials did not evoke any response and the victim’s father, a resident of Ranchi, approached the Jharkhand High Court.

 According to the FIR, the victim was in his hostel at Taimoor Nagar when some students of Bachelor of Architecture (II) tortured him mentally and physically causing injuries to his knee. “His seniors called him along with his classmates to the terrace and began roughing them up. They put bricks on his back and asked him to do push-ups and hurled abuses at him.

 He was then asked to place his hands parallel to shoulders and hold bricks on them. It continued for almost six hours till 4 a.m.,” said the victim’s father, claiming that the seniors were in large numbers and his son knew five of them by their names. The victim told his father about the incident over phone on September 3 and reached his hometown a week later.

 His father then wrote to the institute seeking action, but there was no response. He then filed a writ in the Jharkhand High Court on November 26. “The injuries inflicted on my son have not just caused him physical and mental pain, but also caused loss of studies as well as he will be under treatment for more than three months. It also caused financial burden on the family,” said the victim’s father. A case has been registered under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) of the Indian Penal Code. Keywords: School of Planning & Architecture, ragging allegation, New Friends Colony police station

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