Jadavpur University Ragging: On August 9, a young student in his first year of university tragically fell to his death from the second floor of the main hostel building. His family has come forward with a distressing claim that he had been subjected to ragging and faced Sexual Exploitation
Kolkata, 24 August (City Times):Jadavpur University Ragging: In a heartbreaking incident that has gripped attention, a Jadavpur University student’s untimely demise has exposed a deeply disturbing case of ragging within the campus premises. This distressing event sheds light on the grave issue of ragging and its consequences, sparking a vital conversation about the safety and mental well-being of students.
Stripped and Humiliated
As investigations delve into the circumstances surrounding the tragedy, shocking revelations have emerged, underlining the urgent need to address this pressing concern. The investigation has unveiled that the young first-year undergraduate student was subjected to a humiliating ordeal. He was stripped naked and paraded around the hostel’s premises, a horrifying instance of ragging that lasted for over an hour. The police have taken action by arresting 13 individuals in connection with this unfortunate incident.
Family Claims Sexual Exploitation
On August 9, a young student in his first year of university tragically fell to his death from the second floor of the main hostel building. His family has come forward with a distressing claim that he had been subjected to ragging and faced Sexual Exploitation while residing in the hostel.
The incident has ignited debates about the efficacy of existing measures against ragging and the imperative for more robust safeguards to ensure students’ dignity and security.Police investigation has uncovered distressing details about the incident that has ignited a nationwide debate.
Desperate Escape from Bullying
As the ragging continued, the student desperately attempted to escape the tormentors. He ran from room to room in a bid to evade the relentless bullying. The ordeal was marked by not only physical humiliation but also verbal abuse, including homosexual slurs directed at the victim.
Arrests and Evidence
In connection with this tragic incident, police have taken swift action, making 13 arrests so far. Authorities have gathered substantial evidence against at least 12 of the accused individuals. This evidence further highlights the distressing nature of the ordeal the victim was subjected to.
Seeking Justice Under Stringent Laws
In light of the grievous nature of the incident, there is consideration to invoke the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act. This underscores the severity of the crime and the commitment to ensuring justice for the victim.
Igniting Broader Conversations
The tragedy has sparked widespread discussions on the topic of ragging on college campuses. Questions are being raised about the efficacy of existing rules and measures to combat this menace. The incident also took a political turn, with opposition parties accusing the ruling party of inaction, while the government responded by placing blame on university governance.
Laws Against Ragging: Ensuring Safety on Campus
Ban on Ragging Nationwide
Back in 2001, the Supreme Court of India took a stern step by prohibiting ragging throughout the country. But, despite this clear ban, instances of ragging have persisted. The tragic death of Aman Kachru, a medical college student, due to ragging in 2009 led the Supreme Court to direct all educational institutions to strictly enforce anti-ragging laws. Under these laws, if a student is found guilty, they can face up to 3 years in prison along with a fine. Furthermore, colleges that neglect the rules or dismiss the issue can face legal consequences.
UGC Guidelines and Rules
To prevent ragging on college campuses, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has established strict rules regarding student behavior. These guidelines define ragging beyond just physical harm. Making comments about appearance, clothing, or hurting someone’s self-respect counts as ragging. Insulting someone based on their regional background, language, race, or caste is also considered an offense. Even forcing a student to perform tasks against their will is categorized as ragging.
Dual Legal Framework
While some states in India have their own laws addressing ragging, there’s a central legal framework for tackling the issue. The Indian Penal Code (sections 294, 323, 324, 325, 326, 339, 340, 341, 342, 506), UGC Regulations from 2009, and other government bodies’ acts all play a role. For instance, the All India Council For Technical Education (AICTE) and the Medical Council of India have established regulations under their respective acts to combat ragging. This comprehensive approach aims to safeguard students and create a secure campus environment.