Staff Correspondent

The new case comes to light at the IGMC in Shimla

Two interns suspended for six months and a fine of Rs.1000 imposed on them

Himachal Pradesh Cabinet approves Ordinance banning ragging in educational institution

SHIMLA: Another case of brutal ragging of a junior student by senior medicos surfaced in the prestigious Indira Gandhi Medical College and State Hospital here over the weekend. Though the State is still facing the heat of the Aman Kachroo “ragged to death” case at the Tanda Medical College, there seems no end to the menace of ragging in the State. The new case came to light when a first year MBBS student, Vivek Sharma, reported to the warden at the IGMC about ragging by two interns. The two interns, Nikhil Verma and Sushant Sharma, who were also allegedly under the influence of liquor, were accused of manhandling the junior, said Dr. Surender Kashyap. They have been suspended for six months and a fine of Rs.1,000 has been imposed on them after a preliminary inquiry, he added. But no police case has been registered against the senior doctors.

Ordinance approved against ragging

Meanwhile, the Himachal Pradesh Cabinet has given its approval to the Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutions (Prohibition of Ragging) Ordinance, 2009,, banning ragging within or outside the premises of an educational institution. The Ordinance provides that ragging shall be a cognizable, non-bailable and, with the permission of the court, compoundable offence. Any student convicted of an offence under the Ordinance shall be expelled from the educational institution and shall not be eligible for admission in any other educational institution for three years. Such offenders shall be punished with imprisonment up to three years, or a fine of up to Rs.50,000, or both.

Whenever any student, or, as the case may be, the parents or guardian or a teacher of an educational institution, or an office-in-charge, make a complaint of ragging in writing to the head of the educational institution, he shall be required to enquire into the same within 24 hours of the receipt of complaint, in addition to intimating his higher authorities, and if prima facie it is found true, suspend the student found guilty.

In case the complaint received is unfounded he shall intimate the factual position in writing to the complainant.

Any failure on the part of the institutional disciplinary authority or negligence, or deliberate delay in lodging the FIR with the local police shall be construed as an act of culpable negligence and attract punishment up to one-year imprisonment or fine up to Rs.10,000, or both; while the head of the educational institution or in-charge shall also be punished for a term which may extend up to two years or with fine which may extend up to Rs.25,000, or both, for failing to implement the provisions of the Ordinance to check ragging in the respective educational institution. The Cabinet approved setting up of an Aman Kachroo Memorial Trust with a corpus of Rs.50 lakh to provide scholarships to meritorious students and undertake activities among students in particular and civil society in general, to institutionalise zero tolerance to ragging.