Thursday, September 12, 2013

Law student suspended for ragging

 KOCHI: A student of Government Law College, Ernakulam, was suspended for ragging his junior after the latter refused to pay him Rs 50 for entering the college boys' hostel. The inquiry conducted by the college principal found that the senior student, Shandas, guilty of ragging.

"Restraining a student from entering a place that he is lawfully entitled to, asking him to wait at a place he is not interested, asking him to do something he does not like, using abusive words causing embarrassment to him undoubtedly and squarely fall within the definition of ragging under the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act," the inquiry report stated.

 "As it is a prima facie case of ragging, we have suspended the student as per the ragging act and forwarded the complaint to police for further action," said principal (in charge) V R Jayadevan. The principal conducted the inquiry after the college received a complaint from the anti-ragging cell helpline on August 14. The incident happened on August 5.

 In his complaint, the victim, Mithunlal T V, a first-year BA (criminology) student, said he had gone to the college hostel on August 5 at about 4.30pm to meet his classmates, when he was restrained by Shandas at the entrance. Shandas demanded Rs 50 from him and verbally abused him when he refused to pay.

 The victim further stated in the complaint that Shandas had dragged him pulling his collar and forcefully pushed him out of the hostel, while stating that "those belonging to his community are expected to sit only on the floor". Later, the accused barged into the victim's room in the post-metric hostel, Ernakulam, and threatened to finish him due to which the victim alleged in his complaint that "he is mentally tormented and afraid to come to the college and attend classes".

 However, police are yet to register a case under the ragging act. "We have not received the report from the college. We just know that the student has been suspended by the college. Once we get the report, we will look into it," assistant commissioner (Kochi city) D S Sunesh Babu said.Based on a complaint submitted by the victim on August 7, the police had on the same day registered a case against Shandas under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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