Ragging case in Assam: A student is in critical condition after he jumped off a two-story building of his hostel in order to escape from ragging by his seniors.
Anand Sharma, a postgraduate student of M.Com department at Assam’s Dibrugarh University sustained severe injuries after he jumped from his hostel building to save himself from the seniors who were assaulting him.
Five people were arrested by the police and 18 seniors were expelled from the university who were allegedly involved in ragging juniors at the Dibrugarh University.
Anand’s mother, Sarita Sharma filed a complaint at the Dibrugarh police station stating that her son was being brutally ragged by his seniors in the university hostel. The accused looted his money, snatched his mobile phone, tortured him mentally and physically and even attempted to kill him, she added.
She also said that her son had been complaining about the ragging for the past four months. The night before he called his mother and told her that he was going to the hostel and that his seniors would torture him all night till morning.
Anand had also been reportedly complaining to the university and the hostel warden about the same in a written complaint on November 17th with the names of those who had been harassing him mentioned in it.
Anand fractured his leg and has hurt his chest and he is receiving treatment in a nearby hospital he was rushed to after the fall.
The police have registered a case and the investigation is ongoing, till now the police have arrested one former student and four current students of the university.
Assam’s Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma taking go his twitter handle said that the incident of a student being hurt in a case of alleged ragging has come to notice and close watch and follow up action is coordinated with the district admin. The victim is being provided medical care, meanwhile efforts are on to nab the accused; he tweeted.
He further appealed to the students to say NO to ragging.
Anti ragging task force along with the University authorities have initiated investigation into the matter and the events that led to it.
Education minister Ronoj Pegu said that the government will not tolerate such activities and asked the administration to take stern action should be taken against those involved.
Ragging has claimed the lives of many innocent students in India and therefore the Supreme court in 2001 banned ragging across India and anti ragging laws were introduced which categorized ragging as a criminal activity and he/she if found guilty can be subjected to 3 years imprisonment along with a fine.
The Supreme Court also directed the Education institutions to strictly follow the anti ragging laws and if an institution is found to be ignoring such activities, legal action could be taken against them.
Despite the existing laws, many cases of ragging are still reported across India. According to the statistics revealed by UGC’s anti-ragging website, in 2021 a total of 511 cases were registered across the country, while in 2020 total cases registered were 219, in 2019 the number was 1,016 and in 2018 – 1,070 cases were registered.