Ragging has ruined countless innocent lives and careers. In order to eradicate it, Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No. 887 of 2009, passed the judgment wherein guidelines were issued for setting up of a Central Crisis Hotline and Anti-Ragging database.
Recently, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar shared the data on complaints reported to the University Grants Commission (UGC) in response to a written question in the Rajya Sabha. The number of complaints of ragging received in 2015 was 423, most of them being from West Bengal. The number rose to 515 in 2016 and 901 in 2017, according to the data.
According to HRD Ministry data, the number of complaints of ragging reported in universities and higher educational institutions (HEIs) has doubled in the last three years.
Last year, maximum complaints were received from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal. In Tamil Nadu, from just 25 incidents of ragging in 2015, 43 were recorded last year.
Prakash Javadekar said,”Out of a total of 1,839 complaints of ragging received by the UGC during the last three years, students have been punished in 812 cases, including suspension in 309 cases.”
He added,”On receipt of a complaint of ragging, the educational institution concerned constitutes an anti-ragging committee to examine and investigate the incident and to submit a report to the institution.”On basis of the report, the institution takes action against the culprits and if requested sends an action taken the report to the HRD Ministry or the UGC.”
During the three years, no complaints were received from institutions or varsities in Nagaland, Andaman and Nicobar, Daman and Diu, Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Lakshadweep.
G. Niruban, State Joint Secretary, Students Federation of India said, “You will come across ragging by seniors of juniors in sports hostels. It occurs where there is an obvious difference in the social and economic backgrounds of students.”
According to him, ragging rears its ugly head more frequently in self-financing colleges and deemed universities. Insufficient hostel wardens and the clustering of students of the same community brings about clashes.
He added,“Students of a certain community or caste tend to huddle together and bond. Students from the same district prefer to remain within their group.”
Ragging is totally Prohibited in the University/Institutions, and anyone found guilty of ragging and/or abetting ragging, whether actively or passively, or being a part of a conspiracy to promote ragging, is liable to be punished in accordance with the Regulations as framed by the University Grants Commission (UGC) of the Govt. of India and other Regulating Councils as well as under the provisions of any penal law for the time being in force.
Regulations for Elimination of Ragging shall be applicable not only to the University and its institutions or any part thereof, including, but not limited to, the Departments, constituent units, Colleges, Centers of Studies and all its premises, whether academic, residential, playgrounds, or canteen, whether located within the campus or outside, and in all means of transportation of students, whether public or private, accessed by students for the pursuit of their studies in such institutions.