Monday, March 23, 2009

Memorial set up to honor ragging victim. Source

Himachal Pradesh to set up 'Aman Kachru Memorial Trust'

Published by: Noor Khan
Published: Sun, 22 Mar 2009 at 13:39 IST

New Delhi, Mar 22 : Himachal Pradesh government will set up a trust in memory of Aman Kachroo to increase awareness about the evils of ragging, which claimed the life of the young medical student at an institute in the hill state.

The 'Aman Kachru Memorial Trust' will raise awareness about the menance and educate the student community to adopt "zero tolerance" to ragging, state Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said.

The trust, to be set up with a corpus fund of Rs 50 lakh, will act as a "strong deterrent against ragging activities" in educational institutions in the state, an official statement here quoted him as saying.

Nineteen-year-old Kachroo, a student of Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda in Kangra district died allegedly due to thrashing by seniors on March 8.

"Civil liberty activists, legal luminaries, celebrities and social and political activists will be actively associated with the trust to eradicate ragging from the state and provide a free and healthy environment to freshers in educational institutions," Dhumal said.

The cabinet has approved the setting up of trust and all legal and other formalities will be completed in a time-bound manner, he added.

The cabinet has already given its nod to a new anti-ragging ordinance, the Chief Minister noted.

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