Ragging haunts Delhi University again, zero tolerance remains a farce

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Two cases of ragging have come to fore in a few days of opening of DU.
If you think that ragging is past in colleges and specially in Delhi University then you need to rethink about it as the ghost of ragging has come back to haunt the students.

It has barely been a few days since the new academic session of Delhi University has begun and besides a bit of confusion amongst students, the ghost of ‘RAGGING' is back to haunt the university. Although the authorities claim zero tolerance for ragging in DU, but the ground situation show that students are falling prey to the monster of ragging. The tall claims of university came crashing when such incidents were reported by freshers at Satyawati College and Shyam Lal College. The students have alleged they were brutally beaten up by a group of seniors.

What happened at Satyawati College?

Punit Kumar, a first-year student of B.Com at Satyawati College (Evening), was allegedly ragged by nearly 20-22 seniors in the college campus on Tuesday.

Two cases of ragging have come to fore in a few days of opening of DU

"After the class got over, I went to drink water outside. I had forgotten my bag in the classroom, so I went back to get it. The moment I came out of the classroom, I saw 15-20 senior students sitting on the stairs. I didn't know them. They asked my name and I told them. They asked me to follow them but I got scared and asked them where they were taking me, and then one of them slapped me," Kumar was quoted as saying in Mail Today.

"I was about to ask them why was I being slapped when I received another guy hit from behind. A friend of mine, who was in college to take admission, came to rescue me but he too was beaten up. Then they began to hit me with a broomstick. I was bleeding profusely and had to be taken to a hospital by friends," Kumar further added.

As per reports, the boy who came in hale and hearty to college is now bed-ridden with around four stitches on his head, a swollen face and bruises all over his body.

Where on one side the incident comes out to be a clear case of ragging, the college authorities are singing a different tune as the Principal of college, Satyendra Kumar Joshi said that it was not a case of ragging but of a fight between students.

Measures taken to prevent such incidents by University:

Although the University authorities took preventive measures to curb ragging on campus by placing police pickets outside the varsity, still such cases are coming to fore.

Cases of ragging at the varsity will be monitored through two joint controls - one in North and the other in South Campus. Alongwith these two controls, anti-ragging and vigilance squads as well as disciplinary committees - comprising teachers and students - have also been constituted to check ragging.

"Any acts of indiscipline, ragging will be dealt with strictly under the University's Statutes, Ordinances, which give legal authority to principals/heads/directors/provosts/wardens to take preventive as well as punitive action. Police assistance will be sought whenever situation warrants it," Alka Sharma, DU Registrar was quoted as saying in Indianexpress.

"Sensitive areas in the campus have been put under electronic surveillance to curb ragging and eve-teasing. Patrolling has also been enforced to monitor and to take speedy action in case of untoward incidents," Sharma added.

What next?

Despite taking aforementioned measures, if such incidents are taking place then it is a serious issue of concern as such incidents may instill fear, and hamper their personal growth. Also police vigilance should further be enhanced in and around colleges and the police officials who are stationed near the campus area must be appropriately sensitised to deal with such problems faced by the freshers. And besides these measures, all the institutions should rigorously implement the recommendations made in Raghavan committee report to prevent such incidents.

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