Thursday, July 2, 2009

Ragging- an indicator of degrading values

Ragging is an act of aggression where an individual or a group of individuals,by virtue of their being seniors get the authority and the audacity to harass an individual or a group of individuals, who by virtue of their being freshers in any academic or equivalent institution are always the victims.It is a vicious cycle of degrading human values where the students who had been ragged earlier by their seniors, find solace in ragging their juniors.The cycle goes on ,leaving the innocent newly entrants in the receiving end, often causing their death, as recently happened to Aman Kachroo, a first year student of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Himachal Pradesh.

Ragging in India has been a social menace, an indicator of declining human values.It is very often psychological, sometimes even physical, thus leaving a permanent psychotic scar on the victims.There have been more that thirty ragging related deaths in the past five years in India, majority being in the campuses of medical or engineering colleges.In addition, a number of freshmen were severely traumatized to the extent that they were admitted to mental institutions.

Though ragging has ruined the lives of many, resistance against it has grown up only recently. Several Indian states have made legislatures banning ragging, and the Supreme Court of India has taken a strong stand to curb ragging. Ragging has been declared a "criminal offence".On the orders of the Honorable Supreme Court of India, the Union Human Resource Development Ministry set up a committe headed by Dr. R.K.Raghavan,former Director of CBI,to look into the matter and finding out possible means to combat the menace.The Committee recommended ragging to be included in a section of the Indian Penal Code.

With increasing number of ragging related deaths, there has been growing reactions against ragging in the recent past. India's first anti ragging NGO, Society Against Violence in Education
(SAVE) has done a commendable job in this regard.The Indian media has been playing a crucial role by exposing ragging incidents and the indifference of many concerned institutions towards curbing the act.

However it is the civil society which can play a great role in curbing this menace.The guardians must demand the security of their children from the authorities while sending their children to the institutions.The students must shed their fear and gather the courage to defend themselves in adverse circumstances by staying united and seeking help from the anti ragging helpline.The authorities must be proactive and appoint full time wardens who will be accountable for any violation of laws in the campuses.There must be anti ragging squads in every college campus for round the clock vigilance.It is only with such awakening of the civil society that the hydra headed monster called ragging can be put to death.

1 comment:

  1. Ya i agree to what its said there in the topic. Usually seniors think that they have some power when they have become a senior.In my opinion the institution must play a key role in avoiding ragging over there,rather than the government,ya the government also has a role.Before giving admission to the student,they must be given a counselling,just to give them an idea on what they have to do for defending ragging.There must be a anti ragging cell working inside the institution itself.Ya including ragging in a section of Indian Penal code will also help a lot to defend it,ragging is something which cause havoc wreack for the future generation of our mother India.