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ESSAY : Ragging: A menace
Tuesday, 09 July 2013 10:48


Ragging: A menace


The Supreme Court defined ragging in following words: “Any disorderly conduct whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any other student indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities which causes or likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear of apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student or asking the students to do any act or perform something’s which such students will not do in the ordinary course and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of a fresher or a junior student.”

The Apex Court has taken into consideration, while defining ragging  all kinds of acts faced by a fresher or a junior while subjecting to ragging by the seniors.

Ragging has become a menace, cause of fear and shock not only for a fresher but to his parents too who are sending the loved ones for pursuing higher education by investing a lot of hard earned money. Several intellectual youth have become the martyr of ragging, some have suffered a nervous breakdown, some left the institutes after being suffered of ragging, some have committed suicide and some wee murdered by the senior on the pretext of ragging.

The court, the authorities, the principal and every concern, have described the ragging a heinous practice, but a very paradoxical situation is, it still persists in spite of all the rules, regulations and directives of courts, and authorities. None could claim to have stopped it 100%.

The most gruesome incidence of ragging came into light in Nov. 1986, when Navarasu a 17 year old first year medical student of Annamali University, Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu, was brutally, murdered by a senior named “David” who was said to be a Karate expert. He killed Navarasu because he refused to submit to his whims of ragging.

In Aug. 2003, an engineering students of engineering College Jalpiguri in West Bengal was admitted to hos[ital after he was subjected to night long brutal ragging by his seniors. The victim was beaten up with iron rods and cycle chains for refusing to strip before the seniors.

In Aug. 2003, itself, IIT Delhi expelled five senior students for they were found indulged in ragging of a fresher who left the college after being ragged by these seniors. In the same month a student of Pune Institute quit, just a few days after joining it in July due to the same reason of being subjected to inhumane ragging.

The governments, Central as well as States, have taken positive steps again to stop this practice. In 1997, the HRD Minister, Mr. S.R. Bommai, apprised the Rajya Sabha that steps were being taken to ensure that those found guilty of ragging can be treated as guilty of gross misconduct and subsequently, the penalty of rustication or removal from the rolls of the universities could be imposed on the offenders. He also informed in the house that instruction have been issued to the universities, and institutions and the State Government to take stern action to curb this menace and to invoke the provisions of law if needed.

A few years ago, the Governor of Kerala, promulgated the “Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Ordinance” seeking to prohibit ragging in educational institutions in the State. The ordinance inter alia provides dismissal of a student from the educational institution, who found indulged in acts of ragging and the student is to be further debarred for taking admission in any other educational institute for five years from the date of order of such dismissal.

The Supreme Court while dealing a public interest litigation in 2001 said that ‘failure to prevent ragging by the management would mean an act of negligence in maintaining discipline in the institution. The Principal and other authority will be liable to face action in case a student is subjected  to ragging’. The Supreme Court further directed that “If an institution fails to curb ragging the UGC/funding agency any consider stoppage of financial assistance to such an institution till such time it implements the anti ragging norms”. A university may consider disaffiliating a college or institution that fails to curb ragging the court administered a clear warning. Though the Supreme Court has also issued very strict and stringent guidelines to curb the menace of ragging yet a point to ponder is why the students resort to such heinous practice, after all these so called seniors are also form a decent home and belongs to the intellectual group of students of the nation.

Why do few resort to such socially unacceptable behavior? Why the so called seniors do not understand the problems of their own juniors and subjecting them to such intolerable inhumane acts?

A serious though if given to the above questions, we find that our present education system is intended treated intelligentsia, but they are absolutely lacking the moral and ethical values. We do not teach our students, philanthropic and moral values. There is no place for ethics in our education; we are jut teaching them the materialistic values importance of money. Result has become meaningless.  How alone the students are to blame, for such acts? Teachers and parents are also equally responsible for they are unable to cultivate in a good citizen. Academic qualification alone is of no value. If education does not teach students to share the problems of others to love all serve all, it would become meaningless.

It shall be important to quote the following words of a great thinker that-

If money is lost, nothing is lost.

If health is lost, something’s is lost.

If character is lost, everything is lost.

To stop the menace of ragging it is but necessary to inculcate among the students, importance of good character, importance of love and affection towards their juniors and fellow beings.