Thursday, June 11, 2009

Suicide blamed on ragging: Devender Kumar


Ragging claims student’s life in AP
Suresh Dharur
Tribune News Service

Hyderabad, June 9
Unable to put up with ragging by his seniors, an engineering student committed suicide by jumping before a running train in Warangal district of Andhra Pradesh.The body of Devender Kumar, a 22-year-old MCA student of Hyderabad-based Vasavi Engineering College, was found on the railway track near Dharmaram village in Warangal district, the police said.

A suicide note recovered from Kumar's pocket said he was resorting to the extreme step as he was unable to bear the ragging by his seniors at the private college.

The student’s death came as a stark reminder of the continued ragging menace in professional colleges despite the Supreme Court’s recent directive to the state governments on curbing incidents of ragging. “There is a lack of sincerity on the part of the government to check this menace. The private managements have been routinely turning a deaf ear to complaints of ragging,” an education expert and MLC Ch Ramaiah said.

Kumar’s family members allege that the college management did not take any action on their complaint regarding ragging. . “My son used to talk about the ragging problem. We took it to the notice of the management but no action was taken,” his father Sankaraiah said.

The deceased, a native of Chopadandi village in Karimnagar district, was returning to write his semester examination in Hyderabad when the incident occurred. The police has registered a case of unnatural death and the body has been shifted to MGM Government hospital at Warangal for post mortem. Kumar’s case came close on the heels of the sensational Bapatla ragging case where 19-year-old student, Triveni, was allegedly forced to strip by her college mates. Humiliated, she tried to kill herself. She was, however, lucky to survive.

The ragging incidents continue to be reported even after the Supreme Court took a serious note of the menace and had, on May 7 last, asked all state governments to set up committees to prevent such incidents.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Blogger Lists Unsourced Ragging Deaths:

Note: source NOT supplied.

Monday, June 01, 2009
reported ragging deaths
1. Aman Kachroo

1. Robin John
2. Prashant Kumar
3. Unnamed case 1
4. Pratap Kishore Sa
5. S. Harish Kumar

1. Durgesh Shukla
2. Manjot Singh
3. Chetan Raj
4. Amit Tiwari
5. Alankeswar Mishra
6. P. Afsar Banu

1. Azad Nair
2. SP Manoj
3. Ashoke Chaudhury

1. Amit Sahai
2. Kamlesh Sarkar
3. Sridhar
4. C Abraham

1. Sushil Kumar Pandey
2. Mohan Karthik Tripathy
3. Aakriti Dhar
4. Ehsan Saba

1. Pranali Dhanvijay
2. Parmeshwar

1. Anoop Kumar

1. M. Srinadh Reddy
2. B. Govardhan

1. Deepa

1. Indu Anto

1. Pon Navrasu

Bishop Cotton Allegations

Wednesday, 27 May 2009
Ragging in Bishop Cotton School (BCS) in Bangalore - 2 Students Leave School

New Delhi | May 22, 2009:
Two class IX students of Bishop Cotton School (BCS) in Bangalore have left the renowned education institute after complaining of ragging by seniors, prompting the state government to seek a report from the district administration on the incident.

The Two students, Akashdeep Turna and Avtar Singh, quit the school on Monday after their families lodged a complaint with the school authorities that their wards were bullied and physically assaulted by seniors, sources in the school said.

Kuldeep Turna, father of Akashdeep, who is an NRI settled in UK alleged that seniors used to send juniors to fetch food for them from hotels at night and did not allow juniors to use toilet after 11 after dark.

He further alleged that juniors were also beaten by rods and hockey sticks if they did not listen

When contacted, the school headmaster Christopher Robinson admitted receiving the complaint from the families of the two boys and said that the school's house master has given him a report on the alleged incident.

"The report has come and I am studying it," he said.

Annoyed over the incident, Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has sought a report from the Shimla district administration on the matter.

"Immediately after hearing of the incident, the CM ordered the Shimla district administration to submit a report," sources in the CM's office said.

They said though no no time frame has been specified, the district administration has been asked to submit the report immediately.

Deputy Commissioner Shimla Amar Singh Rathore confirmed that he has been asked for a report on the entire episode, which he would submit at the earliest.

The 150 year old school is not the first from the hill state where ragging incidents have been reported.

Educational institutes in Himachal were in news after the death of Aman Kachroo, the first year MBBS student of Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College in March, due to ragging.

Subsequently complaints of ragging poured in from Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC), Shimla, Sanawar based Lawrence school and Homeopathic college at Solan.

Alarmed by death of Kachroo, the state government introduced a stringent anti-ragging ordinance.

Seeking to take to task anybody who indulges in the menace, the CM had yesterday ordered deployment of plain clothed police in higher education institutions

DIT School of Engineering incident with iron rods alleged

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A first-year engineering student of an institute in Noida was beaten up badly by his seniors in a college hostel when he tried to prevent them from ragging his batchmate in the hostel, police said on Wednesday.
Three senior students were arrested on Wednesday by Noida Police in connection with the assault on Mohd Wasim of DIT School of Engineering in Knowledge Park III with iron rods on Tuesday night while four other accused are absconding.
The college authorities, after an internal inquiry found ten students guilty and expelled nine of them. The tenth one was suspended for a period of six months.
Wasim was assaulted at Neha Apartments college hostel on Tuesday night when he intervened while his seniors were allegedly ragging his batchmate. Wasim bore injury marks on his back and hand.
He alleged that the senior students were on Tuesday targetting a first year student and they tried to rag him. Wasim objected the offence, leading to his assault.
Wasim lodged an FIR with Kasna Police station in Noida.

Ragging Hotline Begins Soon

The University Grants Commission (UGC) Wednesday issued guidelines for a national call centre to be set up to enable ragging victims from across the country to register their complaints by dialling a toll free number.

“The Education Consultancy India Ltd (ECIL) has been entrusted with the job of setting up of the national call centre. By June 15, it will be operational,” UGC Chairman Sukhadeo Thorat told reporters Wednesday.

The helpline will be equipped with software that will pass on the complaints directly to the head of the institution within 15 minutes to help the administration protect the victims.

Thorat said the helpline will operate around the clock and the UGC will monitor its functioning.

Under the anti-ragging laws, student offenders can be fined up to Rs.250,000 or rusticated for one to four semesters if found guilty of ragging.

The offence will be treated as a severe criminal act, he added.

The new provisions laid down by the UGC also requires that the parents and students give a written undertaking, at the time of admission, that they are aware of the ragging guidelines and will report any such incident.

Punjab actions


Excerpt from Gulf News

Chandigarh: Photos of noted scholars highlighting college prospectuses may be the norm but Punjab University (PU) has made a drastic departure from this practice by dedicating a whole page in its catalogue to the 'baddies' of the institution.

With an aim to curb hazing on campus, university authorities have decided to publish photographs of students who indulge in hazing or other anti-social activities on a black page.

"To deter students from taking part in ragging we will publish the photographs of past culprits in the varsity's prospectus," Naval Kishore, dean of students' welfare, PU said on Tuesday.

"Before taking admission, students have to fill an affidavit that they would not indulge in any kind of violent activity on campus and parents have to take the responsibility of their wards. Otherwise the university would be free to take strict disciplinary action against the defaulters," he said.

Half a dozen students were expelled from the varsity for hazing during the last academic session.