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Legal awareness classes conducted in Thanjavur Medical College

THANJAVUR: An Anti-Ragging Committee at Thanjavur Medical College is monitoring students, said R. Elangovan, its Vice-Principal, here on Thursday.

Speaking at the legal awareness classes on anti-ragging laws-a campaign sponsored by Thanjavur District Legal Sevices Authority at the Medical College here, Dr. Elangovan said that the committee members visited hostels and maintained weekly registers to record their observations.

First year MBBS students are segregated from others and kept in separate wings. Their rooms are locked after 9 p.m. when they retire to the rooms after dinner. These are measures aimed at preventing ragging.

Dr. Elangovan said that ragging is not a civilised act . Moreover, cream of students get admission to medical colleges and they should remember that they are taking up a noble profession. They should behave keeping in mind their privileged position in society.

R. Padmanabhan, Secretary/sub-judge, District Legal Services Authority, Thanjavur presided over the meeting.

E. P. Samson, Additional Superintendent of Police, said that even physically challenged students are also not spared. Explaining the important sections of the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Ragging Act 1997, Mr. Samson said that ragging within or without any eductional institutions is prohibited.

Whoever directly or indirectly commits, participates in, abets or propagates ragging within or without educational institution shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and shall be liable to a fine which may extend to Rs. 10,000.

Any student convicted of an offence under Section 4 shall also be dismissed from the educational institutions and such student shall not be admitted in any other educational institution.