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MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL, ANTI-RAGGING

Ragging is a social evil and criminal offence under provisions of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and students should not indulge in any form of ragging in or outside the BBD College of dental sciences and BBD campus. BBD University being a follower of high ethical standards and values has been turning out professionals of high caliber with strong sense of ethical judgments, social integration and leadership is committed to prohibit, prevent and eliminate the scourge of ragging.
 

 "Ragging in essence is a human rights abuse... In present times shocking incidents of ragging have come to the notice... The student is physically tortured or psychologically terrorized..."

                                                                              - Supreme Court of India (Feb 11, 2009)

"If education, and particularly Higher Education, is to serve as the lever to the great surge forward of the Indian nation, the scourge of ragging which corrodes the vitals of our campuses needs to be curbed ...
... Ragging adversely impacts the standards of higher education ...
- Raghavan Committee

 

RULES & REGULATIONS FOR PREVENTION AND PROHIBITION OF RAGGING

No. DE-167-2008.—in exercise of.the powers conferred by clause (i) of Sub-Section 2 of Section 20 of the Dentists Act, 1948 (16 of 1948) and directives dated 25.3,2009 issued by the Raghvan Committee, constituted by the Hon'ble Supreme Court in its Order dated 16.5.2007 in Special Leave to Appeal (Civil) No.(s) 24295/2004 from the judgement and order dated 24,6.2004 in [airiT III-131T 4] %UM : 31-gT*170T 11 WP No. 30845/2003 of the High Court of Kerala at Ernakulam, Dental Council of India has taken a very serious view of ragging incidence in educational institutions and on Directions of the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India vide its Order dated 16.5.2007 has ordered strict implementation of following rules & regulations for Prevention and prohibition of Ragging in technical Institutions.

WHAT CONSTITUTES RAGGING

 
The Hon'ble Supreme Court has, inter-alia, mentioned the following types of ragging :

• Ragging has several aspects with, among others, psychological, social, political, economic, cultural, and academic dimensions.

• Any act that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of a student should be considered with in the academics related aspect of ragging; similarly, exploiting the services of a junior student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of seniors is also an aspect of academics related ragging prevalent in many institutions, particularly in the technical institutions.

• Any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a junior student by senior students should be considered an aspect of ragging for ragging economic dimensions.

• Any act of physical abuse including all variants of it: sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestured, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person can be put in the category of ragging with criminal dimensions.

• Any act or abuse by spoken words, emails, snail-mails, blogs, public insults should be considered with in the psychological aspects of ragging. This aspect would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to others; the absence of preparing 'freshers' in the run up to their admission to higher education and life in hostels also can be ascribed as a psychological aspect of ragging - coping skills in interaction with seniors or strangers can be imparted by parents as well. Any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of students also can be described in terms of the psychological aspects of ragging.

• The human rights perspective of ragging involves the injury caused to the fundamental right to human dignity through humiliation heaped on junior students by seniors; often resulting in the extreme step of suicide by the victims.
 

Actions to be taken against students for indulging and abetting in Ragging in technical institutions Universities including Deemed to be University imparting technical education:

 
•The punishment to be meted out to the persons indulged in ragging has to be exemplary and justifiably harsh to act as a deterrent against recurrence of such incidents. The students who are found to be indulged in ragging should be debarred from taking admission in any technical institution in India.

• Every single incident of ragging a First Information Report (FIR) must be filed without exception by the institutional authorities with the local police authorities.

• Depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established by the Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution, the possible punishments for those found guilty of ragging at the institution level shall be any one or any combination of the following.
1. Cancellation of admission
2. Suspension from attending classes
3. Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship and other benefits
4. Debarring from appearing in any test/examination or other evaluation process
5. Withholding results
6. Debarring from representing the institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc.
7. Suspension/expulsion from the hostel
8. Rustication from the institution for period ranging from 1 to 4 semesters
9. Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution.
10. Fine of Rupees 25,000/-
11. Collective punishment: when the persons committing or abetting the crime of ragging are not identified, the institution shall resort to collective punishment as a deterrent to ensure community pressure on the potential raggers.

• The institutional authority shall intimate the incidents of ragging occurred in their premises along with actions taken to the Council immediately after occurrence of such incident and inform the status of the case from time to time.

• Courts should make an effort to ensure that cases involving ragging are taken up on priority basis to send the correct message that ragging is not only to be discouraged but also to be dealt with sternness.

LINK FOR ANTI-RAGGING UNDERTAKING AND POSTERS ARE TO BE INCLUDED FROM THE WEBSITE - www.antiragging.in   or   www.amanmovement.org

Thank you.