What is ragging?
Ragging is a form of bullying or hazing. It includes the humiliation, harassment or abuse by senior students to their juniors or the new students by showing dominance and superiority. Ragging can take multiple forms, such as forcing them to involve in dangerous or illegal activities, perform embarrassing tasks to verbal or physical abuse. All of this not only affects the physical and mental well-being of the ragging victims but also has a negative impact on their academic performance and social life.
What Constitutes Ragging?
Ragging typically involves various forms of harassment, bullying, or initiation rituals directed towards new students. Here are some common elements that constitute ragging:
Verbal Abuse: Use of offensive language, insults to humiliate new students.
Physical Harassment: Any form of physical harm, including pushing, hitting, or any form of acts that may cause injury or discomfort.
Psychological Intimidation: Creating an environment of mental stress or fear through threats, humiliation, or manipulation.
Forced Activities: Forcing new students to participate in embarrassing and insulting activities against their will.
Seniority Misuse: Dominating or controlling new students inappropriately by showing dominance and seniority
Sexual Harassment: Unwanted actions, comments, or any form of inappropriate behavior with a sexual context.
Isolation or Exclusion: Excluding new students from social activities, groups, or conversations, leading to a sense of isolation.
Property Damage: Damaging personal belongings such as vehicle, property etc. of new students.
Forced Substance Consumption: Forcing new students to consume alcohol, drugs, against their will or consent.
Cyber Ragging: Harassing or bullying new students through any online platforms, social media, or electronic communication.
What are my rights as a student (facing Ragging)?
If you are facing ragging or harassment as a student or individual, then you definitely should be aware of your rights and the measures to defend you.
Here are some common rights and steps you can take:
Right to a Safe Environment: You have the right to study in an environment free from harassment, bullying, or any shape of ragging.
Right to Report: You can report incidents of ragging to the concerned authority of the college.
Confidentiality: Your identification, while reporting ragging incidents, is often stored personal to guard you from potential retaliation.
Protection from Retaliation: You are protected from any shape of retaliation or victimization for reporting ragging.
Legal Consequences for Offenders: Perpetrators (someone who consists of out a harmful, illegal, or immoral act.) of ragging may additionally face legal consequences.
Counseling and Support: You have the right to seek for counseling and support by the college to recover from the emotional and psychological impact of ragging.
Whom & How to report about ragging?
You can report to anti ragging squad or to the dedicated committee members
Here are some general steps you can take:
Contact Anti-Ragging Helpline: toll-free anti-ragging helpline (1800-180-5522).
Report to Anti Ragging Authorities: Provide the authorities detailed information about the incident, including date, time, location, and about person involved.
Submit a Written Complaint: Write a detailed written complaint describing the whole incident and any evidence you may have, such as photos, videos, or witness statements.
Document Evidence: If possible, document evidence of the incident. This could be photos, videos, or any other relevant material that can help substantiate your complaint.
Seek Support: Reach out to friends, classmates, or faculty members who can support you during the reporting process.
these are some major and minor penalties
Warning: A verbal or written warning may be issued to the offender as an initial response to less severe instances of ragging.
Counseling: Offenders may be required to undergo counseling sessions to address the underlying issues that led to their involvement in ragging.
Fine: A monetary penalty may be imposed on the individuals found guilty of ragging. The amount can vary.
Community Service: Offenders may be required to perform community service as a form of restitution for their actions.
Suspension: Temporary suspension from the educational institution may be imposed as a penalty for more serious instances of ragging. This is a step towards ensuring the safety of the victim and maintaining order on campus.
Long term Suspension: From one month to two months suspension
Legal Action: In addition to institutional penalties, individuals involved in ragging may face legal consequences.
Ban from Hostel or Campus: Offenders may be banned from residing in the hostel or entering certain areas of the campus as a deterrent and to ensure the safety of others.
Withholding Certificates: Withholding academic certificates or degrees until the completion of the prescribed penalty, ensuring that the offender takes responsibility for their actions.
Blacklisting: the names of individuals found guilty of ragging may be blacklisted, making it difficult for them to gain admission to other educational institutions.
|UGC Anti Ragging
|1800 180 5522 (Toll Free)