The editorial “Curbing the ragging menace” (March 14) is timely. Soon after the death of Aman Kachroo, a first-year student of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Kangra, allegedly due to ragging, comes the shocking news that a student attempted suicide at Bapatla in Guntur after being allegedly ragged by her seniors. There is no place for such acts in a civilised society. One wonders why only six States have enacted laws against ragging. All the States must ensure that the Supreme Court’s directive on ragging is implemented in the educational institutions.

K. Nehru Patnaik,

Visakhapatnam

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Aman’s death was shocking. So was the news that a student attempted suicide in Guntur. The incidents should be treated with the seriousness they deserve. Several incidents of ragging take place in professional colleges but unfortunately, deterrent action is not initiated against the culprits. This encourages the wrong-doers. What is the use of having stringent laws if they are not enforced?

Nemani Girija,

Hyderabad

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The editorial should serve as a warning to educational institutions which are accountable for the loss of lives due to ragging. Only teachers can explain the consequences of the harmful practice to their students. Parents too have a role to play. They should imbibe moral values in their children.

R. Narasimhan,

Chennai

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In the olden days, ragging was mild and harmless. The intention was to make freshers shed their inhibitions. After a few days of ragging, there was no dividing line between juniors and seniors. Unfortunately, ragging has gained monstrous proportions leading to physical and mental torture against the newcomers to hostels. Parents fear to send their children out for higher studies. A board should be displayed prominently in every room of the hostel, warning students about the consequences of ragging. It is time people at the helm treated the issue seriously. They should not remain smug in the feeling that one or two stray incidents deserve no attention.

R. Sridharan,

Chennai

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Aman’s death has sent shock waves among parents and students. That ragging continues despite the Supreme Court’s directive to curb it is unfortunate.

Ragging is no longer a mild form of fun but an institutionalised form of torture by seniors.

S. Janakiraman,

Coimbatore

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The media and the people who find fault with the college authorities for their failure to prevent ragging are unaware of many practical problems. All efforts to educate the seniors on ragging have proved futile. Only harsh punishment can act as a deterrent against the practice. But the college authorities are helpless in many instances. Once action is initiated against the erring students, the victim withdraws the complaint and pleads with the authorities to drop the action.

The complainant and the witnesses come under tremendous pressure as a result of which they become hostile and put the authorities to serious embarrassment. The silent sufferers who don’t complain and the culprits who escape punishment assume that they have the licence to rag their juniors. They can be restrained only if those who indulge in ragging are punished.

E.V. Nampoothiri,

Kollam