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Does Ragging Develop Friendship ?


Does ragging develope friendship? Ragging is a term used for active, systematical human rights abuses, similar to hazing and fagging, the severest forms of which are found in engineering, medical and military colleges. Ragging is defined as –“ the doing of any act which causes, or is likely to cause any physical, psychological or physiological harm of apprehension or shame or embarrassment to a student, and includes– (a) Teasing or abusing of playing Practical joke on, or causing hurt to any student. or (b) Asking any student to do any act, or perform anything, which he/she would not, in the ordinary course, be willing to do or perform. The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India perhaps has given a more comprehensive meaning of ragging as under: “Ragging is any disorderly conduct, whether by words spoken or written, or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any student, indulging in rowdy or indisciplined activities which cause or are likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the psyche of a fresher or a junior student.". * Some of the most popular forms of ragging in colleges are: * Dress Code Ragging * Formal Introduction * Verbal Torture * Playing The Fool * Hostel Ragging * Drug Abuse How Ragging Affects The Victim: 1. An unpleasant incident of ragging may leave a permanent scar in the victim’s mind that may haunt him for years to come. 2. The victim declines into a shell, forcing himself into ignominy and alienation from the rest of the world. 3. It demoralizes the victim who joins college life with many hopes and expectations. The accurate meaning of the word 'ragging' is to 'tease', but even the dictionary says it is an archaic meaning.The...

If you are constantly harrassing someone over an embarrassing moment, do you think it is fun for him or her? I think ragging means to constantly bring up unpleasant problems that you've

You ought to try and make them comfortable instead of enhancing their fears and apprehensions. teasing.This is mainly because of ragging . innocent but foolish acts etc are fair enough but avoid physical violence at any level (in any degree) whatsoever. . Shane College life is very important in everybody's life because it not only determines teh future of a person but also is a time when most students understand the realities of life. report to the authorities. it will catch attention.Treat the youngsters with kindness car and sympathy.Originally ragging was meant to be form of social interaction. and no more than once a year unless you see them repeat the mistake with your own eyes. People who rag should be held so that other people think it was a good lesson for the students and hopefully will not dare to do it again in future.Usually. Tips for freshers: .Light banter. but giving advice when it is appropriate is very friendly if the advice is given in amical terms. Ragging on someone never helps. .Similarly do not force the youngsters to do things that have clear cut sexual overtones. you will not be too nervous. instead of hating you or avoiding you throughout the academic session. and that isn't friendly at all. so that they are encouraged to look up to you. but be careful not to bring it up more than twice in a week. If the seniors catch a few of you together.But.seen someone do.The freshers are by and large a timid lot. and they really look like they need the help. . Make an effort to adhere to this ideology. .if there are any complaints to the police or vice chancellor to implement and drive ragging they need to act more wisely.Do not dress snazzily.the effect of verbal ragging is less when compared to physical.compelling or forcing a student by means of practical joke or otherwise to do any act which detracts ts from human dignity. .most of the students do not enjoy their campus life atleast till the end of their first year.There should be strict laws which should punish striclty and instantly. Tips for the seniors: . .do all students enjoy their campus life is an unanswered question which needs attention. Remember law prohibits ragging. Ragging has become an annual 'tradition' in which the victims are solely the freshers. There are two kinds of ragging. jokes.For few ragging is inducing. that is different. If you are giving them advice to help them from embarrassing themselves again.then what are the advantages of ragging in colleges. light hearted way to meet the freshers and to get acquainted with is verbal and the other is physical. . . According to the statistics.Keep a low profile.If things go out of bounds.Move about in groups. Enjoyment is a must but it must be utterly devoid of vulgarity.

(2) The decision of the Head or Manager of the educational institution under sub-section (1) shall be final. (3) It shall be deemed to have come into force with effect from 4th July. 1997. or (iii) wrongfully restrains or wrongfully confines or causes hurt to a student shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years or with fine which may extend to five thousand rupees or with both. or other institution by whatever name called. 4. (d) ‘notification’ means the notification published in the Andhra Pradesh Gazette and the word ‘notified’ shall be construed accordingly. In this Act. as follows:-1. whenever any student complains of ragging to the Head or Manager of an educational institution. Ragging within or outside any educational institution is prohibited. 8. with the intention of causing ragging or with the knowledge that he is likely by such act to cause ragging. shall suspend the student or students complained against for such period as may be deemed necessary. 1997. (2) It extends to the whole of the State of Andhra Pradesh. (f) ‘student’ means a person who is admitted to an educational institution and whose name is lawfully borne on the attendance register thereof. (2) If a student commits suicide due to or in consequence of ragging. 3. (e) ‘ragging’ means doing an act which causes or is likely to cause insult or annoyance of fear or apprehension or threat or intimidation or outrage of modesty or injury to a student. . (1) A student convicted of an offence under Section 4 and punished with imprisonment for a term shall be dismissed from the educational institution. Whoever. (g) All words and expressions used but not defined in this Act shall have the meanings assigned to them under the Andhra Pradesh Education Act. 1860 respectively. and includes an orphanage or boarding home or hostel or a tutorial institution or any other premises attached thereto.AN ACT TO PROHIBIT RAGGING IN EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS IN THE STATE OF ANDHRA PRADESH. carrying on the activity or imparting education therein (either exclusively or among other activities). The provisions of this Act shall be in addition to and not derogatory of any law for the time being in force. 5. unless the context otherwise requires – (a) ‘act’ includes words either spoken or written or signs or sounds or gestures or visible representations. Be it enacted by the Legislative Assembly of the State of Andhra Pradesh in the Forty-eighth Year of the Republic of India. or (ii) assaults or uses criminal force to or criminally intimidates. or (iv) causes grievous hurt to or kidnaps or abducts or rapes or commits unnatural offence with a student shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years and with fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees. the person who commits such ragging shall be deemed to have abetted such suicide. commits or abets ragging and thereby – (i) teases or embarrasses or humiliates a student shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or with fine which may extend to one thousand rupees or with both. a student shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year or with fine which may extend to two thousand rupees or with both. (1) This Act may be called the. 1982 or the Indian Penal Code. (1) If the Head or the Manager of an educational institution fails or neglects to take action in the manner specified in sub-section (1) of Section 6. (b) ‘Educational Institution’ means and includes a college. 2. (c) ‘government’ means the State Government of Andhra Pradesh. 9. 7. Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Ragging Act.  Without prejudice to the foregoing provisions. such person shall be deemed to have abetted the offence and shall be punished with the punishment provided for the offence. (2) A student convicted of an offence under Section 4 and punished with imprisonment for a term of more than six months shall not be admitted in any other educational institution. such Head or Manager shall inquire into or cause an inquiry to be made into the same forthwith and if the complaint is primafacie found true. or (v) causes death or abets suicide shall be punished with imprisonment for life or with imprisonment for a term which may extend to ten years and with a fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees.

but for some. if ragging is to be totally abolished. Many students do not report incidences of ragging due to fear of losing peer affiliation.(1) The Government may by notification. the trauma remains for lifetime affecting the onwards life principles. . The authority should first define what ragging is giving comprehensive list of acts tantamounting to ragging. they fear being ostracized by their batch mates or seniors as being weak and complaining. to brutal orders that scar the victim. even then there are numerous instances of the freshers subjected to ragging by their seniors. Though ragging is banned legally. in the session immediately following for a total period of fourteen days which may be comprised in one session or in two successive sessions. from the date on which the modification or annulment is notified. Many are forced to pull out of their favourite courses or colleges due to fear of ragging. Many are forced to pull out of their favourite courses or colleges due to fear of ragging. 1997 is hereby repealed. the rule shall. that any such modification or annulment shall be without prejudice to the validity of anything previously done under that rule. emotionally and sometimes physically.   Ragging incidents have been reported from not only medical colleges. The college or university authorities can formulate strict rules and regulation against perpetration of ragging in the campuses. devolves with the institutions themselves to put in place the check and balances. be laid before the Legislative Assembly of the State. The undertaking is to be endorsed by parents with the confirmation that in the event of their ward being found guilty of indulging in ragging.which go unreported for various reasons. For some. have effect only in such modified form or shall stand annulled as the case may be so. Some can be even charged with abetting suicide or homicide.  One major problem with ragging is that there is a very delicate line that separates harmless teasing that might lead to knowing one another.which go unreported for various reasons. Each year. we come across reports of ragging instances in educational institutions. they fear being ostracized by their batch mates or seniors as being weak and complaining. When a student joins a college. The Andhra Pradesh Prohibition of Ragging Ordinance. the trauma remains for lifetime affecting the onwards life principles. for whom ragging is their window to vent their own frustrations. They are the dangerous ones. make rules for carrying out all or any of the purposes of this Act. Any amount of law or police interventions is not going to help because first and foremost. but also from other institutes like engineering and normal degree colleges. emotionally and sometimes physically. even then there are numerous instances of the freshers subjected to ragging by their seniors. Though ragging is banned legally. institutions are averse to get entangled in legal imbroglio for fear of losing their reputation and prospective students and thereby. less business. For some. One major problem with ragging is that there is a very delicate line that separates harmless teasing that might lead to knowing one another. commit suicide. and if. There are quite a few individuals who are best described as bullies in their normal lives. Two cases of ragging had taken place in private engineering colleges in the city last year which are still afresh in the memories of locals. to brutal orders that scar the victim. college years are fondly remembered as the best days of their life. summery expulsion would ensue. he or she must be made to furnish undertaking for not indulging in any type of ragging. It therefore. the years may bring about memories of unpleasant ragging. however. Some even indulge in perversion which could be traced back to their family life. if it is in session and if it is not in session. before the expiration of the session in which it is so laid or the session immediately following the Legislative Assembly agrees in making any modification in the rule or in the annulment of the rule. some of them are so extreme that the victims are reported to go into depression or worse. 10.  For most of the students. Many students do not report incidences of ragging due to fear of losing peer affiliation. (2) Every rule made under this Act shall immediately after it is made.

a student of a renowned engineering college of the city. Ragging underwent a massive transformation after World-War 1. It was during this time that it started to acquire its real brutal form. During this time ragging (called as Hazing in west) existed in its rudimentary form and was merely a ritual to test the courage of the pledge. Beta. said. "When I joined hostel for the first time. The student. on the condition of anonymity. some seniors settle the dispute within the hostel and aggrieved fresher is prevented from approaching the proctor office. Phi. from there it finally entered in the education system. new entrants to the sport community were subjected to all kinds of humiliations and teasing to inculcate a team spirit in them. Though ragging was prohibited by the authorities in my college. However. These were named after Greek letters like Alpha. "Ragging is not a bad practice if done in a proper and healthy way. some students have a very different approach towards this ragging system. are different terms used in different parts of the world but each signifying the same old practice of welcoming the fresher in a barbaric manner. While elaborating the role of the college authorities. Fagging. Hazing. we are called upon by the seniors in their rooms and punished. The first ragging related death occurred in 1873 when a freshman from Cornell University fell into a gorge as a consequence of ragging. I witnessed the horror of ragging. Bullying." Ragging." said Malti Tiwari. it was an open secret that during weekends especially in night hours. Gradually in the early 20th century ragging related violence started to escalate in the western countries. the college authorities do take appropriate action. Rahul Verma.      "I lost my son to ragging and no one can compensate my this loss. said. This phenomenon can be traced back to as early as 7th or 8th century A. Horse-playing etc. Kappa. The new entrants to these fraternities were known as PLEDGES." He went on to add that the seniors used to gather in the lawn of hostel premises along with the juniors and then the real show of humiliating pranks and abusive language used to go on till morning. Pledging. However. . if any student dares to avoid such pressure and lodges a complaint. Eventually when fewer military students entered college these techniques were passed onto others who did not understand their purpose or usage and ragging became a brutal and hazardous exercise. This philosophy of team development continued to be used in different fraternities. We were also called 'dhurra' (meaning donkey). students have been rusticated because of ragging but it happens only when anyone lodges a complaint. On many occasions. Delta etc and were called as Greek Letter Organizations (GLO's) or Fraternities. A student of a renowned college of the city described his initial days of stay at the college hostel as horrible. Epsilon. In Greek culture. the student said that whenever any problem arises out of these ragging sessions.D. Soldiers returning from war re-entered the college and brought with them the technique of Hazing (ragging) learned in military camp. Gradually with the passage of time this technique was subjected to myriad modifications and was later adopted by the military forces. Initially I only had heard stories about ragged incidents. whose son had died during ragging in a private engineering college located on city outskirts. These techniques were used to make individual fail as an individual and succeed as a team.

a myth that ragging makes the fresher bold has always existed. Though it existed in the Army and English public schools much before the country's independence. . ragging became a soft weapon to settle the animosity between students of different castes. It is still an important factor in Indian ragging. History teaches us that borrowing the foreign culture has always proven to be disastrous to the importing nation. Many seniors. Ragging then meant seniors mocking and jesting at juniors. communities and religion etc. It was now left to the college authorities to enforce this law. it became conspicuous only after independence. Till the late 60's ragging was never a serious problem in India as it was relatively in a much milder form. Soon ragging became a measuring rod to test the grit of the seniors.In India the tradition of ragging was imported along with the English education. This has given a passive social approbation to this cruel practice. primarily because higher education was confined to some particular sect of the society and hence ragging was confined only to a part of the civilized community of this country. In 1997 Tamil Nadu. which was one of the worst affected state. This led to complete disappearance of daytime ragging in campus which was much healthier and a safer mode of interaction while more threatening and virulent ragging in the hostels continues to thrive in most of the colleges. During the early 90's rapid mushrooming of new private Engineering and Medical colleges led to several disastrous experiments with this old practice of ragging. Ragging is just another example to it. Even in the west ragging was always used as tool to take out vengeance between the Blacks and Whites. finally succumbed to peer pressure. who were reluctant to rag their juniors. In 2001. It made Southern India a hub of this brutal activity. Deep influence of the media during the 80's made ragging much more brutal and violent in India. the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India banned ragging throughout the country. During the 90's ragging related suicides began to increase at a rapid rate. Gradually as the higher education became more and more accessible to different communities. As long as this exists ragging will never see its demise. We tend to forget that ragging is a western culture and is deleterious in a multi-ethnic and diverse society such as India. In India. became the first province in India to bring legislation against ragging.

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