The sentencing of four medical students in the Aman Kachroo ragging case to four years rigorous imprisonment is, at best, a token victory in the battle against the barbaric practice. It is small consolation for the victim's family not only because their son is no more but also because it is too early to say that justice has prevailed. It is a national shame that the inhuman practice continues unchecked in many educational institutions despite the Supreme Court's active intervention. Not many instances come out in the open because the victims suffer in silence. Should we remember the social evil only when some serious incident is reported in the media?
Isn't it a shame and pity that the four men who committed the gross inhuman act got away with four years in jail? They deserved a more stringent sentence. Ragging has been present in many educational institutions, especially professional colleges, for long but the authorities have turned a blind eye to it. It is a matter of shame that the menace which has spoilt the career of countless young students continues to this date. True, not all juniors are killed but many of them are tortured so badly that the trauma leaves a permanent scar on their psyche. What kind of doctors, engineers or lawyers can the sadists who indulge in the heinous act make?
It is a matter of shame that temples of knowledge have become hubs of politics and violence. The presence of ragging on most college campuses points to the erosion of our values and culture. Educational institutions and families need to share the responsibility of educating their children on the need to live and let others live in harmony.