Andhra student commits suicide, parents allege ragging

June 9th, 2009 - 3:24 pm ICT by ANI  

Warangal (AP) June 9 (ANI): A second-year MCA student committed suicide after he was allegedly ragged by his seniors in the college.

The body of D Devender Kumar was found on the railway tracks at Dharmaram in Geesukonda mandal of Warangal district this morning.

The deceased, a native of Choppadandi village in Karimnagar district, was a student of Vasavi engineering college at Ibrahimbagh in Hyderabad.

The victim’s sister, Dande Gyaneswari said her brother used to complain incessantly about ragging.

“The college was informed, but no action was taken. My brother can never commit suicide. This is a case of ragging,” she added.

The police however have only registered a case of suicide, as there is no evidence of ragging.

On May 7, the Supreme Court had asked all State Governments to set up committees to prevent incidents of ragging in educational institutions across the country. All State Governments have been asked to give an undertaking to the court about the steps taken by them to eradicate the menace.

In March, the apex court had issued notices to the Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh Governments, on the death of first-year medical science student Aman Kachroo due to ragging, and an attempt-to-suicide case by a female student of the Bapatla Agricultural and Engineering College after she was allegedly forced to dance nude by her seniors.

The Prevention of the Ragging in Colleges and Institutions Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in 2005. The Bill makes ragging punishable with imprisonment up to three years and a fine of Rs 25,000. (ANI)

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