Two students from Jorhat Engineering College (JEC), Assam, have been continuously tortured allegedly, physically and mentally by three seniors from the same college for the last six months. An FIR has been lodged against the three senior students of JEC, identified as Kaushik Kalita, Dhristanta Deka, Aamirul Haque, students of 5th Semester, Mechanical Engineering, said a report by the Time8.
One of the victims told, “These three senior students have been physically torturing me for the last 6 months. They have some set rules inside the hostel premises which we are forced to follow. On Saturday night, I was studying in my room, when these three entered my room and pushed me and repeatedly slapped me. I have given a written complaint in the matter to our Principal Madam and lodged an FIR in the matter, at Garmur Police outpost of Jorhat.”
Meanwhile, the mother of one particular victim has informed the media that she is hoping for immediate action by the police on this. Another guardian of a victim of ragging said, “I was told by the authority during admission that hostel is compulsory. But, looking into the present situation I would like to appeal to the Hostel authority and the Administration to kindly look into the matter.”
The Logical Indian got in touch with Mr Champal Bharali, warden of Hostel 1 and a member of the Anti-Ragging Committee of the Jorhat Engineering College, he said, “In spite of being a member of the Anti-Ragging Committee of the college, I cannot divulge the exact details of the situation. Moreover, I am the warden of Hostel 1 and the incident of ragging took place in Hostel 6.” The Logical Indian also got in touch with Reeta Sarmah, Principal of Jorhat Engineering College. She said, “The victims were slapped by their seniors, the three who are prime accused of ragging. The accused students have been expelled from the college and action has been taken against them in the due course of law.”
The Logical Indian take
With many ragging related deaths reported in India, the Supreme Court made ragging a punishable offence in 2009 to be imposed in all educational institutions. The punishment ranges from a fine of Rs 25000 to rustication, debarring, suspension, etc. Supreme Court also said in its order that universities/colleges provide wardens to guard accommodations where the freshers are residing. The entry of seniors and outsiders should be prohibited after certain hours to prevent such incidents.
Ragging or hazing started as a way for the senior students to get to know the newcomers in their institution. While harmless ice-breaking games are expected, the incidents have become uglier over the years. More so with students in hostels. The audacity with which these ‘rituals’ are performed is disturbing, to say the least. All the students, especially victims of such practices should be provided counselling. More sensitisation is also necessary along with strict checks and enforcement of rules. The Logical Indian upholds the decision of the college authorities to expel the three students from the college. We hope that the authorities ensure an unbiased investigation and prevent similar incidents from occurring again so that students would not be dissuaded from joining such prestigious institutes.
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