Apex court orders action against college authorities for ragging

March 30th, 2009 - 10:14 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, March 30 (IANS) The Supreme Court Monday ordered stern actions against authorities of two colleges in different states for their failure to tackle the menace of ragging that resulted in a death and an abortive suicide bid of students.
A bench of Justice Arijit Pasayat and Justice Asok Kumar Ganguly ordered immediate suspension of principal Suresh Sankhyan of the Rajendra Medical College and Hospital at Kangra in Himachal Pradesh, where medical student Aman Kachroo died March 8 following brutal beating by his four seniors as part of “ragging”.

The bench also asked Andhra Pradesh police chief to explain to it within two days why the police have not initiated any legal action against the principal and warden of the Government Agriculture Engineering College at Bapatla in Guntur district where a 20-year-old girl tried to commit suicide following ragging by her seniors.

The girl had tried to commit suicide by consuming pesticide after she was forced by the senior girl students to dance naked before them.

The bench ordered outright suspension of Sankhyan of the Kangra-based medical college after the Medical Council of India and the state government, in their separate reports to the court, disclosed that he had ignored the incidents of the ragging despite being informed about these by the security guards of the hostel.

Soon after Kachroo’s death March 8, the state government divested him of the post of the college head, but let him continue as the head of the Department of Forensic Medicine in the college.

But infuriated over Sankhyan’s inaction, the bench ordered his suspension, saying: “Don’t let him even enter the college premises.”

While scrutinising the case related to abortive suicide bid by the agricultural college student in Guntur, the bench noted that the state police had till now merely registered a case of attempted suicide against the girl student.

The bench noted that despite an anti-ragging law of the state providing for stern action against the college authorities for preventing the menace of ragging under their nose, the police had not taken any legal action against the college authorities.

The bench ordered actions against them, observing that deaths and suicides by students “due to ragging is a national tragedy”.

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