Kozhikode: Campuses are yet to be freed from the brutalities of ragging. Notwithstanding several anti-ragging rules, vulgar and inhuman activities are still reported from many institutions.
Four students of the Government Homoeopathy Medical College in the city were suspended last week on charges of ragging.
A first-year student was forced to disrobe and dance in the hostel. Based on a report by Principal T. Abdurehiman, the Nadakkavu police have registered a case. The senior students have been remanded in judicial custody.
A student from Koyilandy was ragged in the hostel of a teacher training institute at Ranni in Pathanamthitta district. The 17-year-old victim, who joined the institute last week, fled the hostel. Senior students forced him to drink liquor and disrobed and beat him up.
Soon after reaching home, the student had to be admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital in the city. His mother has petitioned Chief Minister V.S. Achuthanandan and Minister for Home Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. A case has been registered at the Koyilandy Police Station.
After one of the worst incidents of alleged ragging and rape of a nursing student in the School of Medical Education of Mahatma Gandhi University last year, parents thought that it was an eye-opener to society. But not so, even after heads of professional colleges have taken measures to enforce the rules.
"Several pre-emptive steps had been taken, but the incident occurred. Senior students sometimes forget about the stringent actions that will be taken against them, such as stalling their professional career," said Dr. Abdurehiman.
Teasing, playing practical jokes, verbal and physical abuses and causing injury attract heavy punishments under the provisions of the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1998. Those ragging directly or indirectly or abetting it within or outside the educational institution can be imprisoned up to two years with a fine of up to Rs. 10,000.