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What is Ragging?
Ragging is 1 any physical, verbal or mental abuse committed by one student against another student belonging to an educational institute. The seniority of the student who rags or is ragged does not matter. In other words, this means that it can be a senior or a fresher.
Ragging is a crime and it can happen to you on the basis of appearance or colour of your skin, race, religion, caste, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, nationality, regional origins, your spoken language, place of birth, place of residence or economic background. Additionally, ragging can take many different forms. For example, bullying a student into doing assignments or excluding a student from campus activities. The law punishes different forms of ragging against students including psychological harm, physical abuse, etc. Read more here.
The Law on Ragging
The UGC Regulations On Curbing The Menace Of Ragging In Higher Educational Institutions, 2009 prohibits ragging. It prohibits ragging in all educational institutions of higher studies recognized by the University Grants Commission Act, 1956, institutions declared by the Central Government, and any other institution of higher studies. Additionally, within these institutions, ragging is prohibited in:
- All departments in an educational institution,
- Within or outside the campus premises, including any transportation used by its students.2
Certain educational institutions have their own regulations on ragging. For example, the All India Council for Technical Education has its own set of guidelines on ragging.
Various states have passed laws which are applicable only in those particular states to prohibit and stop ragging in colleges and universities. For example, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Chandigarh, Tripura, etc.
Punishment for Ragging4
- Section 2, the Curbing the menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions (third amendment), Regulations, 2016.
- Section 1, 1.3, the UGC Regulations On Curbing The Menace Of Ragging In Higher Educational Institutions, 2009.
- Indian Penal Code, 1860