Ragging is a criminal offence and the UGC has framed “UGC Regulations on Curbing the Menace of Ragging in the Higher Institutions, 2009”, in order to prohibit, prevent and eliminate the scourge of ragging in Indian Universities/ College/Institutions. In order to eradicate it, the Hon’ble Supreme Court in Civil Appeal No.887of 2009, passed the judgement wherein the guidelines were issued. The students are therefore directed to strictly desist from and any kind of ragging.
FORMS OF RAGGING
Display of noisy, disorderly conduct, teasing, excitement by rough or rude treatment or handling, including rowdy, undisciplined activities which cause or likely annoyance, undue hardship, physical or psychological harm or raise apprehensive fear in a fresher, or asking the students to do any act or perform something which such a student will not do in the ordinary course and which causes him/her shame or embarrassment or danger to his/her life, etc. and as per Clause 3 of UGC Regulations on Curbing the menace of Ragging in the Higher Institutions,2009.
Punishment for Participation in/or Abetment of Ragging:
- Cancellation of admission.
- Suspension from attending classes.
- Withholding/withdrawing scholarship/fellowship and other benefits.
- Debarring from appearing in any test/examination or other evaluations process.
- Withholding results.
- Debarring from representing the institution in any national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc.
- Suspension/expulsion from the hostel.
- Rustication from the institutions for periods varying from 1 to 4 semesters or equivalents period.
- Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution.
- . Fine up to Rs. 25,000/-.
Under Clause – 7 Action to be taken by the Head of the Institution:
On receipt of the recommendation of the Anti Ragging Squad or on receipt of any information concerning any reported incident of ragging, the Head of Institution shall immediately determine if a case under the penal laws is made and if so, either on his own or through a member of the Anti – Ragging Committee authorized by him in this behalf, proceed to file a First Information Report (FIR), within twenty four hours of receipt of such information or recommendation, with the police and local authorities, under the appropriate penal provisions relating to one or more of the following, namely;
- Abetment to Ragging;
- Criminal conspiracy to rag;
- Unlawful assembly and rioting while ragging;
- Public nuisance created during ragging;
- Violation of decency and morals through ragging;
- Injury o body, causing hurt or grievous hurt;
- Wrongful restraint;
- Wrongful confinement;
- Use of criminal force;
- Assaults as well as sexual offences or unnatural offences;
- Criminal trespass;
- Offences against property;
- Criminal intimidation;
- Threat to commit any or all of the above mentioned offences against the victim(s);
- Physical or psychological humiliation
- All other offences following from the definition of “Ragging”
Provided that the Head of institution shall forthwith report the occurrence of the incident of ragging to the District Level Anti –Ragging Committee and the Nodal Office of the affiliating University, if the institution is an affiliated institution.
Provided further that the institution shall also continue with its own enquiry initiated under clause 9 of these Regulations and other measures without waiting for action on the part of the police/local authorities and such remedial action shall be initiated and completed immediately and in no case later than a period of seven days of the reported occurrence of the incident of ragging.
AFFIDAVIT BY STUDENTS AND PARENTS
Each student and his/her parents/guardian shall have to furnish on affidavit along with the application form to the effect that they will not participate in or abet the act of ragging and that, if found guilty, shall be liable for punishment under the penal law of India.