Syed Muthahar Saqaf
Anti-ragging awareness campaign is being held in colleges to directly sensitise students
PUDUKOTTAI: The Judicial officials, who undertook the additional responsibility of monitoring the progress of the project launched under the National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (NREGS), have now come forward to create awareness of the evils of ragging in educational institutions.
The anti-ragging awareness campaign is being conducted by the respective Circle Legal Services Authority in the educational institutions on the direction of National Legal Services Authority, New Delhi, with the objective of prevailing upon the students to desist from ragging.
The Tirumayam Circle Legal Services Committee conducted its maiden anti-ragging awareness campaign in Shanmuganathan Engineering College in Arasampatti recently. District Munsiff-cum-Judicial Magistrate R. Navamoorthy, who is also the Chairman of the Tirumayam Circle Legal Service Committee, in his presidential address, said that the students were not expected to indulge in any ragging activities since it is banned. They should concentrate on studies.
Mr. Navamoorthy explained the various punishments contemplated in the Tamil Nadu Prohibition of Ragging Act and the Tamil Nadu Prevention of Harassment of Women Act.
He cautioned the students that their future would be ruined if they were booked under any of these Acts.
Nilavazhagan, Principal of the College, K. K. Chellapandiyan, Public Prosecutor, Pudukottai, and senior advocates participated.
According to Chairperson of Alangudi Legal Aid Services Committee R. Malathy, the awareness programme would include lectures by experts, oratory and essay competitions for the students.
A similar campaign would be organised in a professional college in Alangudi on September 30.