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At the University Level

As per the UGC Regulation, ragging involves “any conduct by any student or students — whether by words spoken or written or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student.”

As per the regulations, any act of physical abuse including all its variants: sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person would amount to ragging.

Any act by student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student and exploiting the fresher’s for completing the academic task assigned to an individual or a group of students also amount to the offence.

The act of abuse by spoken words, email, post, public insults, which would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to fresher or any other student will amount to ragging.

Anti-Ragging Laws

Some states in India have their own legislations on ragging.

List of states who have legislation on ragging:

  1. Andhra Pradesh
  2. Maharashtra
  3. Karnataka
  4. Uttar Pradesh
  5. Chandigarh
  6. Tripura
  7. Tamil Nadu
  8. Assam
  9. Kerala
  10. West Bengal
  11. Goa
  12. Jammu and Kashmir

Legislations

The legislations which check the practice of ragging in India are :

  1. Indian Penal Code
  2. UGC Regulations On Curbing The Menace Of Ragging In Higher Educational Institutions, 2009
  3. Other institute specific regulations

Indian Penal Code

There are provisions in the IPC which can be used by a student to register an FIR in the nearest Police Station. These provisions are:

  1. Section 294 – Obscene acts and songs
  2. 323 – punishment for voluntarily causing hurt
  3. 324 – voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapon or means
  4. 325 – punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt
  5. 326 – voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapon
  6. 339 – Wrongful Restraint
  7. 340 – Wrongful Confinement
  8. 341 – Punishment for Wrongful Restraint
  9. 342 – Punishment for Wrongful Confinement
  10. 506 – Punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder

UGC Regulations On Curbing The Menace Of Ragging In Higher Educational Institutions, 2009

These regulations were passed by the University Grants Commission in the year 2009 to curb the menace of ragging in the Universities in India.

Regulation 6 talks about the measures for prevention of ragging at the institution level. It lays down the steps an institution has to follow during the admission and registration process. A student during the admission process has to file an affidavit along with his parents/guardian’s signature, stating that he will not be ragging other students directly or indirectly.  Also, the institution has to publish the names and contact numbers of Anti-ragging committee of the university.

Every fresh student admitted to the institution shall be given a printed leaflet detailing to whom he/she has to turn to for help and guidance for various purposes including addresses and telephone numbers, so as to enable the student to contact the concerned person at an y time.

Regulation 6.3 says that every institution shall constitute a  committee to be known as the Anti-Ragging Committee to be nominated and headed by the Head of the institution, and consisting of representatives of civil and police administration, local media, Non-Government Organizations involved in youth activities, representatives of faculty members, representatives of parents, representatives of students  belonging  to the fresher’s category as well as senior students, non-teaching staff; and shall have a diverse mix of membership in terms of levels as well as gender. It shall be the duty of the Anti-Ragging Committee to ensure compliance with the provisions of the Regulations as well as the provisions of any law for the time being in force concerning ragging ; and also to monitor and oversee the performance of the Anti-Ragging Squad. It shall be the duty of the Anti-Ragging Squad to make surprise raids on hostels, and other places vulnerable to incidents of, and having the potential of, ragging.

Regulation 7 lays down that on receipt of any information concerning any reported incident of ragging, the Head of institution shall immediately determine if a case under the penal laws is made out and if so, either on his own or through a member of the Anti-Ragging Committee, proceed to file a First Information Report ( FIR), within twenty four hours of receipt of such information.

Regulation 9 lays down that The Anti-Ragging Committee of the institution shall take an appropriate decision, in regard to punishment or otherwise, depending on the facts of each incident of ragging and nature and gravity of the incident of ragging established in the recommendations of the Anti-Ragging Squad.

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