Directives of the Hon’ble Supreme Court on Ragging includes:
- 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
- Or indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension there of in any fresher or any other student
- Or asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to do adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student, with or without an intent to drive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student.
Raghavan Committee Recommendation to Supreme Court
Ragging in as any act which violates the dignity of the individual student or is perceived to violate his/her dignity.
Ragging is a cognizable, non- bailable, non compoundable offence with punishment ranging from one year imprisonment and fine up to 7 years rigorous imprisonment and fine.
Broadly ragging can be categorized in the following way for which various term of punishment is prescribed:
- Verbal: where senior causes mental harassment, discomfort for the junor by forcing him/her to answer unacceptable/personal questios, dance, sing etc is said to rag the junior. It also includes within its ambit cyber ragging. Punishment: 1 year imprisonment or fine or both.
- Severe Verbal Ragging: where the mental harassment, discomfort is to such an act as forces the junior to withdraw from the college.
Punishment: 7 year imprisonment with fine.
Physical: An act by the senior towards the junior which inflicts bodily injury on the junior, like beating the junior, hitting him/her with objects etc. Punishment: 7 year imprisonment with fine.
Sexual Ragging: Where the senior asks the junior to do an act which damages sexual dignity of the junior.
Punishment: 7 year rigorous imprisonment with fine.
Penalty for Ragging (Institute level) –
a) Expulsion from the educational institution, if found guilty on inquiry by the institution against a complaint lodged by any other student.
b)Any student convicted with imprisonment shall be dismissed from the educational institution in which he/she has been prosecuting his studies for the time being, and shall not be re- admitted to that educational institution .
Every single incident of ragging a First Information Report (FIR) must be filled without exception by the institutional authorities with the local police authorities. Depending upon the nature and gravity of the offence as established the possible punishments for those found guilty of ragging at the institution level shall be any one or any combination of the following:-
Collective punishment: when the persons committing or abetting the crime of ragging are not identified, the institution shall resort to collective punishment as a deterrent to ensure community pressure on the potential raggers.
- Suspension from attending classes
- Withholding/ withdrawing scholarship/ fellowship and other benefits
- Debarring from appearing in any test/ examination or other evaluation process and /or withholding results
- Fine with public apology
- Suspension/ expulsion from the hostel
- Rustication from the institution for period ranging from 1 to 2 years.
- Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other institution.
Ragging is a cognizable, non- bailable, non- compoundable offence with punishment ranging from one year imprisonment and fine upto 7 years rigorous imprisonment and fine.
Ragging in any form is Punishable.