Bhubaneswar: A large number of college students and denizens of Bhubaneswar gathered near the Mahatma Gandhi statue at Mahatma Gandhi Park in the city on Sunday holding placards and raising slogans against ragging.
With this they launched a campaign in order to eliminate the ‘ill-practice’ of ragging which though being banned by the Supreme Court continues to prevail in many educational institutions in the country.
After a case of mass ragging surfaced at Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) at Burla recently, a social body identified as “Ragging Free Campus Abhiyan” initiated the campaign to organise an awareness programme wherein they will ask the participants to take a pledge against ragging.
Convenor of the social body, Tejeswar Parida said many instances of ragging have surfaced in various educational institutions and their hostels across the country even after being warned by concerned authorities and police that ragging is a punishable offence and crime.
There is a need to bring adopt a zero tolerance policy against ragging. As many under reporting of cases have been noticed, an anti-ragging cell should be established in all the police stations near academic institutions, he added.
Social activist Manoj Nayak said, one loses his or her fundamental right to human dignity through humiliation of ragging. Though there are laws against ragging, they are not being implemented properly.
In order to ensure a ragging free campus there is need of awareness among students. They should be provided sufficient knowledge about the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for anti-ragging and about the legal provisions violation of which will attract punishment.
A student leader, P Parida, said the students are primarily at fault. The present generation youth have turned intolerant and those who have experienced ragging target juniors as a form of revenge.
The change needs to start from the students. Let students of VSSUT who have experienced ragging not pass on the evil to their juniors, he added.
A student of Rama Devi Women’s University, Madhusmita Nayak, said one needs to be healthy both physically and psychologically. But ragging has been more prevalent in medical and engineering colleges as the seniors believe they can have their way with the juniors.
Instead of ragging the junior students, the seniors should ponder that it is their responsibility as an elder brother or sister to guide them in their studies to achieve success, she added.