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If you are being blackmailed against filing a complaint for ragging, you can ask a friend or parent to file a complaint on your behalf. The law allows anyone to file a ragging complaint on behalf of a student and the person doing so will not get in trouble for merely reporting an incident of ragging1.
Both ragging and blackmailing are crimes in India, and the person harassing you in this manner is liable for punishment for both ragging and blackmailing. For blackmailing, the punishment depends on the act, such as:
- If someone intentionally makes you scared of getting hurt to get you to give any object of value, it is an offence2 which is punishable with jail time up to 3 years and/or a fine3.
- If someone threatens to hurt you, your reputation or property, or that of any other person you are interested in (such as, a family member or friend), to get you to do something or make you feel alarmed, it is an offence4 punishable with at least jail time of up to 2 years and/or a fine5. The punishment may be more severe in other cases.
- Section 6.2(g), the UGC Regulations On Curbing The Menace Of Ragging In Higher Educational Institutions, 2009.
- Section 383, the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
- Section 384, the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
- Section 503, the Indian Penal Code, 1860.
- Section 506, the Indian Penal Code, 1860.