If ragging takes the form of criminal offence, the perpetrators face tough action, he says
Police officers asked to counsel students often
Ragging, be it on campus or outside, attracts action
KHAMMAM: A major challenge before the academic community is the evil of ragging that has become part of the pernicious student culture in professional colleges, and it is time to replace it with harmless interaction wherein juniors and seniors will get to know each other, according to R. Easwar Reddy, Inspector-General of Police.
‘Let it be fun’
Addressing a meeting of principals, administrators, correspondents and representatives of student organisations organised by the district police on the issue of ragging on Monday, Mr. Reddy said that ragging had taken its toll even in districts like Khammam.
“As long as the activity remains a fun facilitating better understanding and interaction between freshers and seniors, the police will not have any role to play,” he said.
“But, when it takes the form of a criminal offence, the perpetrators of the crime should be ready to confront the implications of law,” he added.
Mr. Reddy wanted the police officers, especially Sub-Inspectors and Inspectors to make use of every occasion to interact with students and managements on the campuses.
The police could help address the problem by forging better relations with the public, especially the students and teachers of colleges in their respective circles.
Superintendent of Police Mahesh M. Bhagwat called for efforts to make campuses ragging-free.
He said that the department had booked a case against two students of a professional college near Sathupalli for ragging their juniors. The students were in jail for three days and later the college management had also initiated action.
Similar incident was reported in another college near Palvancha. Despite strict vigil by the anti-ragging committees and law enforcing agencies, ragging cases were coming to light sporadically, he said.
Mr. Bhagwat said that college managements, principals, faculty members and parents were all stakeholders and they need to involve themselves effectively in the effort to check ragging.
Junior students, who were put to trouble, seldom come out to complain to the managements.
It would be the responsibility of the managements to conduct meetings with parents and students and counsel them from time to time.
Ragging both within and outside the campus of any educational institution attracts the provision of the Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1997.
The managements that turn a blind eye to the issue would be equally responsible.
Ansari, principal of Agriculture College, Aswaraopet, Hanumanta Rao, principal of Swarnabharati Institute of Management welcomed the initiative of the police department to check the menace on campuses.