Ragging is a systemized form of human rights abuse in educational institutions. It is committed by ‘senior’ students (those in second year or higher) upon ‘freshers’ or first-year students. The greatest common factor in ragging in any educational institution is the creation of an environment of constant fear and intimidation for freshers. The law clearly states that ragging is a crime. The Supreme Court of India defines ragging as: “Any disorderly conduct whether by words spoken, or written, or by an act with the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any other student; indulging in rowdy or indisciplined activities which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof, in a fresher or a junior student, or asking the students to do any act or perform something which such student will not do in the ordinary course and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of a fresher or a junior student. The cause of indulging in ragging is deriving a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by the seniors over their juniors or freshers.”
1. Students/Parents/Guardians can file their complaints through 24X7 TOLL FREE ANTI-RAGGING HELPLINE: 1800-180-5522 or 155222 or firstname.lastname@example.org (Ministry of HRD, GOI)
2. The Anti-ragging Committee and the Grievance Cell of the college are there to help you in case you become a victim of ragging. Please save the phone numbers of the committee members. If necessary, assign a particular number to a speed dial button on your cell phone. When being harassed, silently dial the number with your phone switched on, so that the concerned teacher can hear for himself that you are being subjected to ragging.
3. If a senior asks you to meet him or anybody else alone at a predetermined time and place, this could be a signal that you may be ragged. Try not to keep such an appointment. If you cannot avoid this appointment, take along as many of your friends as possible. If necessary, consult with your Head of Department or a member of the anti-ragging committee. Do respect your superiors.
4. Confide in your parents or guardians in case you are being ragged. Talking over your problems with them will help reduce your stress and also enable them to give you advice about how to tackle your troubles.
5. The names and telephone numbers of the Anti-ragging Committee, the Grievance Cell and the Officer-in-charge of the Kolkata Leather Complex Police Station are provided below. Please contact them if necessary.
Remember, most of your seniors do not support ragging. So if seniors come to talk to you, don’t come to the conclusion that they want to rag you. If they treat you with the respect you deserve as a human being, please treat them with respect as well. Don’t show arrogance if they ask you to say or do something which is not demeaning to you. And please understand that there is a hierarchy in every college which has been built by tradition – respect for seniors. Uncalled for arrogance or over-smartness on your part in your behaviour towards your seniors and teachers will antagonize them.
When you become a senior at this college, treat your juniors with the respect you yourself would like to be treated with. And take the pledge not to support ragging in any form.