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Q. Anti-ragging act: Why there is an urgent need of a national anti-ragging act?
Jun 25, 2016 Related to : GS Paper-2 and 1

Ans :

Introduction-

Recently 18-year-old student of a Karnataka nursing college was forced to drink phenyl, which burnt her internal organs and she needs to undergo major surgery as the chemical has severely damaged her internal organs. This is not just a one-off case, the menace of ragging has become so widespread in colleges and universities across the country.

Menace of ragging in India-

  • Last year, a total of 390 complaints of ragging were registered on the anti-ragging helpline while this year it was 174.
  • On the directions of Supreme Court, a study funded by the University Grants Commission (UGC) has revealed increasing trend of ragging menace in India.
  • According to its report, close to 40% students in colleges and universities across the country face some kind of ragging, but only 8.6% have reported the incidents.
  • It also found language and region to be the basis of more than 25% ragging incidents, while caste was a factor in 8% cases.
  • Similarly the study, by a research team led by scholars from Jawaharlal Nehru University, found that ragging was more rampant in professional colleges, with nearly 60% students being targeted.
  • This study also highlighted social discrimination in ragging, and caste-based discrimination was admitted by 8% of students.

It’s Impact-

  • An unpleasant incident of ragging may leave a permanent scar in the victim’s mind that may haunt him for years to come. It demoralizes the victim and it may force student alienate from the rest of the world.
  • It causes grave psychological stress and trauma not only to the victim, but also on victim’s family.
  • Those students who choose to protest against ragging are very likely to face ostracism from their seniors in the future. Those who succumb to ragging may drop out thereby hampering their career prospects. In extreme cases, incidents of suicides and culpable homicide have also been reported.

Time to curb this menace-

  • Though successive central and state governments organised high-volt campaign and various executive orders against ragging, but menace of ragging still exists in our colleges and universities.
  • Though about 15 Indian states have laws banning ragging but punishments are different and accountability is not fixed on institutions. Such state laws are not effective also because students move from one state to another for educational opportunities and can fall prey to ragging in states that don’t have such laws.
  • Hence there is an urgent need of a national anti-ragging law that will standardise the definition of what constitutes ragging and the amount of punishment for such actions across the country, and make institutions accountable for such incidents.
  • An effective and uniform law across India against ragging will definitely play significant role in curbing the menace of ragging.

Suggestion-

Having a national anti-ragging alone doesn’t curb this menace, state governments and educational institutions must effectively implement the provisions of law.

Conclusion-

Colleges and universities are temple of education and student enters organisation with hope. Incidents of ragging derail the ambitions of students and also causes mental trauma.  India has witnessed increasing trend of ragging, hence it time to curb this menace immediately and permanently. Let process begin with passing of a national anti- ragging law.


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