Tiruchirapalli

Ragging, a barbaric practice

R. Malathi (second from left), Judicial Magistrate, distributing the prize to the winner of the best anti-ragging slogan writer, S. Chandrakumari.

R. Malathi (second from left), Judicial Magistrate, distributing the prize to the winner of the best anti-ragging slogan writer, S. Chandrakumari.   | Photo Credit: Hand Out

The collective responsibility of the management, teachers and senior students in preventing ragging in educational institutions was stressed by R. Malathi, Judicial Magistrate, and Chairperson, Taluk Legal Services Committee, Alangudi, recently.

Speaking at the anti-ragging awareness camp organised by the Taluk Legal Services Committee, Alangudi, at the Bishop Backiam Arockiaswamy B. Ed. College at Vamban near here, Ms. Malathi explained the serious adverse impacts of ragging while underscoring the need to eradicate this barbaric practice.

She said the Supreme Court of India had termed ragging as a human rights violation. The National Legal Services Authority, taking a cue from the Supreme Court, has taken serious note of the practice of ragging and directed the State Legal Services Authority to organise awareness camps in educational institutions to curb the same.

She cited various judgements of the Supreme Court on the previous instances of ragging and insisted that the management of educational institutions should keep a strict vigil in the campus and motivate seniors to shun the practice.

G. Arul Iruthayam, founder, Arputha College, presided. G. Kanagaraj, Assistant Public Prosecutor, Alangudi, S. Vijaya, T. Valarmathi, S. P. Raja, K. Selvakumar, all advocates, Principal of the college, Rev. Justine Mary, and others spoke urging the students to do away with ragging.

Explaining the seriousness of the Acts, they warned that the students booked for indulging in ragging will lose their future. In connection with the campaign, elocution, essay writing, slogan writing, painting competitions were conducted in which a large number of students participated. Ms. Malathi distributed the prizes to the winners.

The campaign was conducted jointly by the Alangudi Taluk Legal Services Committee and the Pudukottai District Legal Services Authority.

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