INSTRUCTIONS/REGULATIONS REGARDING RAGGING
(According to the Supreme Court Judgment in SLP by Vishwa Jagriti Mission in 2001)
“Ragging is strictly prohibited. In the event of ragging at college campus/ hostels, an FIR will immediately be lodged at the concerned police station and the defaulter student will be expelled promptly from college. The victim student must report ragging case immediately to the Principal.”
A student admitted to a Govt. Polytechnic College/Institution, at the time of his/her joining the classes, will submit an undertaking in form given at Appendix III, signed by the Father, mother and student and duly attested by the Executive Magistrate. Separate undertaking may be asked for by the Principal for Hostellers.
Ragging is “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 is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear to apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student or asking the students to do any act or perform something which such student will not 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.”
However, according to Raghavan Committee observations ragging has several aspects with among others psychological, social, political, economic, cultural and academic dimensions.
- Any act that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of a student should be considered with in the academics related aspect of ragging, similarly, exploiting the services of a junior student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of seniors is also an aspect of academics relates ragging prevalent in many institutions.
- Any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a junior student by senior students should be considered an aspect of ragging for ragging economic dimensions.
- Any act of physical abuse included all variants of it: sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person can be put in the category of ragging with criminal dimensions.
- Any act or abuse by spoken words, e-mails, snail-mails, public insults should be considered with in the psychological aspects of ragging. This aspect would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to others; the absence of preparing „freshers‟ in the run up to their admission to higher education and life in hostels also can be ascribed as a psychological aspect of ragging-copies skills in interaction with seniors or strangers can be imparted by parents as well. Any act that affects the mental health and self confidence of students also can be described in terms of the psychological aspect of ragging.
- The human rights perspective of ragging involves the injury caused to the fundamental right to human dignity through humiliation heaped on junior students by seniors; often resulting in the extreme step of suicide by the victims.
- Ragging is not ice-breaker for the fresher and not a harmless fun but cuts deep into the mental health of the ragged.
- Ragging obtaining in educational institutions is neither a means of familiarizations not an introduction with „freshers‟, but a form of psychopathic behaviour and a reflection of deviant personalities, which reproduces the entrenched power configurations prevalent in the civil society.
- Migration certificate of students should mention whether any punishment had been meted out for ragging in previous institution.
- An annual undertaking to be signed by each student whether fresher or senior, and his/her parent(s) jointly stating that each of them have read the relevant instructions/regulations against ragging as well as punishments, and this if the wad has been found guilty, he/she should be proceeded against (Specimen of Undertaking attached at Appendix III)
- Undertaking should be provided in English as well as in the vernacular language.
- The burden of proof will lie on the perpetrator and not on the victim to prove that ragging did not take place.
- Punishment to be meted out will be exemplary and justifiably harsh.
Depending upon the severity of the case, following punishments may be awarded:
- suspension from attending the classes.
- individual or collective fines.
- withholding/withdrawing scholarships, fellowship and other benefits.
- debarring from appearing in any test/examination and other evaluation process.
- withholdings results.
- debarring from representing the institution in any national and international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc.
- suspension/expulsion from the hostel.
- rustication from the institution for periods varying from one or more semesters.
- cancellation of admission.
- expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution.
- recommendation of registration of F.I.R. against the ragger under the various provisions of Indian Penal Code.