Thursday, September 12, 2013

Strict action by wardens could have averted ragging incident at Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya

 INDORE: The anti-ragging committee of the Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) has found that the ragging incident at JC Bose Hostel could have been averted had the chief warden and warden dealt with the issue strictly. Committee submitted its report to proctorial board for further inquiry on Monday.

 Shivam Yadav, a student of School of Pharmacy of Devi Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya (DAVV) has lodged a complaint to the UGC portaly that four students Ravindra Raghuvanshi, Suraj Pathak, Anshul Talmale and Shashank Koshta, all studying in different departments of DAVV and hostellers, are allegedly harassing him and had threatened him again on August 30 at the campus.

 In his statement Yadav has alleged that earlier, in May 2013, the students had beaten him up in JC Bose Hostel. Yadav had reported the matter to the chief warden and also lodged a police complaint against the accused. The matter is pending in the court and students allegedly abused Yadav after the court hearing on August 30.

 Yadav had alleged that continuous harassment has affected his studies mainly because the students used to pass comments, knock at his hostel room door, abuse him etc. He alleged that though he was shifted to Jawaharlal Nehru Hostel from J C Bose Hostel after the May 2013 incident, the accused Ravindra Yadav and Suraj Pathak are yet to be shifted to Bafna Hostel as per the chief warden's order and continue stay at the JC Bose Hostel.

 After receiving the complaint, UGC on Saturday had instructed DAVV officials to act and submit report. On the same day, dean students' welfare, chief warden, warden of JC Bose hostel approached the complainant to counsel him late night, on Sunday, instructions had come to submit a detailed reported on the issue. The officials took statements of all accused.

 "We had taken statements of all four students separately and they all told different stories. So, we have forwarded the matter to proctorial board. It seems that incident occurred due to old rivalry," said member of anti-ragging committee Laxman Shinde.

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