Is Ragging in College Punishable in India ?
Is it Criminal Case ?
Ragging in India
Ragging is mostly seen in Medical/Engineering Colleges, but now-a-days it is observed commonly in all colleges.
Ragging, violates of Student dignity.
Due to fear of Raging many students stopped their Studies and lost their carriers by dis-continuing the college.
With Supreme court of India’s order, National Anti Ragging Help Line was Launched by Indian Government.
Against Ragging (Anti Ragging), many NGO’s has came forward to fight against Ragging in colleges.
As per Supreme Court of India’s order, Help Line Number 1800-180-5522 has been created, where any Student can call and say about the cause of action
Names of the complainant will not be disclosed
Through emails firstname.lastname@example.org which was started in the June 2009 with secured environment.
Mandatory Rules of Colleges
As per U.G.C regulation, college head can register FIR with a police and can suspend convict from studies by issuing bad conduct certificate.
Legislation :-In 1997 ,Tamil Nadu first passed Law related to ragging. Anti-Ragging squad were appointed.
As on 2007, all the higher Educational institutes should include information about ragging in their brochures/Prospectus.
Procedure of Law
Ragging is registered under criminal case
If complaint has been received by person/victim or head of institution, then the police will file a case under section 197 of I.P.C.
After registering the case, person will be arrested and taken into the custody.
Within 24 hours, FIR should be filed and to be submitted to the Local Jurisdiction court.
If Person convicted with charge of ragging, he/she will get punishment of 6 months to 10 years based on FIR filed.
Case Laws and Section
Ragging can be filed under some of sections (IPC) Indian Penal Code of
339 – Wrongful restraint.
340 – Wrongful Confinement.
341 – Punishment for Wrongful restraint.
342 – Punishment for wrongful confinement.
294 – Obscene acts of songs.
506 – Punishment for criminal intimidation, In cases of extreme raging includes violence.
323 – Punishment for causing hurt.
324 – Voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons/by losing his/her Life.
304 – Punishment for culpable homicide amounting to murder.
306 – Abetment of suicide..
307 – Attempt to Murder
Some of Ragging Incidents happened in recent years
Oct 2017 – 22 Students of 2nd Year IIT Kanpur Suspended for Ragging, Six of them suspended for one year and other 16 have been barred for three years
Sep 2017- IIIT Nizvid suspended 54 students for ragging juniors
Aug 2017 – 10 Students of Andhra Pradesh, suspended for 2 years
States with highest number of ragging cases in 2016, By source of TOI
Uttar Pradesh -93
Maharashtra – 29
Madhya Pradesh – 55
West Bengal – 50
Kerala – 35
Tamil Nadu – 33
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