SC issues notice to Himachal, Andhra Govt. on ragging cases

March 16th, 2009 - 2:12 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, Mar 16 (ANI): The Supreme Court on Monday issued notices to the Andhra Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh Government, on the death of first-year medical science student Aman Kachroo due to ragging, and an attempt-to-suicide case after a female student of Bapatla Agricultural and Engineering College was allegedly forced to dance nude by seniors.
The Court has asked the chief secretaries of the two states to file affidavits on the action they have taken to implement the anti-ragging measures ordered by the court in the last two years.
The Medical Council of India has been directed to investigate, whether doctors who attended the victims in respective hospitals, were negligent in giving medical help to the two students.
The apex court is scheduled to hear the cases on March 30.
Meanwhile, the director generals of the two states would submit their status reports on the two ragging cases within two weeks.
Nineteen-year-old Kachroo was mercilessly beaten to death by four senior doctors on March 8 at his Rajendra Prasad Medical College hostel in Himachal Pradesh’’s Kangra. The accused have been booked under section 302 of the Indian Penal Code.
The Supreme Court had issued a contempt notice to the two colleges as the incidents were in gross violation of the court’’s directives to check ragging in educational institutions.
The Prevention of the Ragging in Colleges and Institutions Bill was introduced in the Rajya Sabha in 2005. However, it is yet to become a law.
The Bill makes ragging punishable with imprisonment up to three years and a fine of Rs 25,000. (ANI)

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