Thursday, September 12, 2013

Ragging victims face bleak future

 KOLLAM: The academic future of 10 engineering students who had gone to study in an engineering college Tamil Nadu now remain uncertain as they have decided to come back unable to endure the ragging by senior students.

 Following complaints from these students, four students, including two Malayalis, studying in the PSNN Engineering College in Tirunelveli district were arrested in connection with a ragging case last month. The victims now say they do not want to go back as they fear their seniors will harass them again. "The ragging started right from the first day of our joining the college.

 Gradually, it worsened and they started torturing us physically," one of the victims complained to the principal. Initially, four first year mechanical engineering students — Muhammad Azar (18), Muneer (19), Althaf(18) and Kamalraj (18) — were subjected to ragging. "College authorities suspended six senior students and imposed a fine on them.

 This infuriated the other senior students and they even blocked our access to food and did not allow us to sleep peacefully," a victim said. Muhammed Azer was assaulted by some senior students on January 19 when he went to the hostel room with his relatives to shift his belongings to an accommodation outside the hostel.

 "The junior students were often compelled to dance naked, forced to take measurement of the room with a match stick and tortured using cigarette butts," Mashoor Koya, Muhammad Azar's father said.

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