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Why Aman Kachroo’s won’t be the last ragging death, and what his family should do

March 10, 2009

thumbcms1Update 2: And then Suresh Sankhyan wanted to do the post-mortem

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Update: Additional Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam, who is I think the amicus curae in the ongoing case, says he will ask the Supreme Court to take note of the case and charge the Principal and Vice-Chancellor with “contempt, inaction, negligence and failure.” But who will charge whom for lack of implementation of the SC orders on ragging?And Himachal Pradesh has an anti-ragging ordinance too. (The ordinance had expired in 1998 1992, I gather, as it had not been turned into a law within six months)

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I don’t know why this report does not use the word lynching, because that is what seems to have happened at the Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda.

I hope I am not committing contempt of court here by mentioning that the Hon’ble Supreme  Court of India had first banned ragging in May 2001. Eight years and two Supreme Court-appointed committees later, the celebrated Public Interest Litigation method of reforming India did not come to the rescue of Aman Satya Kachroo. (It is not clear whether he spelled his surname as Kachroo or Kachru.)

What the Supreme Court process did do, instead, was to make the state governments and the HRD Ministry lazy; they gave up passing and implementing anti-ragging laws. The few states that did, most of them, as the Raghavan committee shockingly found, have not notified them!

The Union HRD Ministry has also not taken any steps to either pass a national anti-ragging law or amend the Indian Penal Code to make the “ragging” a punishable offence.

The problem, as always, is that of implementation. The SC’s 2001 order, based on the Unnikrishnan committee report (.pdf here) had said that it is the responsibility of college principals and directors to check ragging. That’s where the buck stops. But the order had not specified what it would mean to not follow that responsibility! What happens to a principal in a case like this, where he was clearly and deliberately negligent? Under what law do you charge him?

Secondly, the order had said that it would be the responsibility of affiliating/funding agencies to make sure colleges affilaited to or funded by them are following anti-ragging measures. Even today there arev colleges, even in Delhi University, who do not follow the details of the 2001 SC order, such as forming an anti-ragging committee in college and making it accessible in person or through phone at any time of day and night. You can read what seems like an excellent order here; the loophole here is that since the measures mentioned sounded illustrative they weren’t taken seriously. Most importantly, nobody ever asked UGC et al as to what they had done to implement the order.

But these affiliating and/or funding agencies – mainly three: UGC (University Grants Council), AICTE (All India Council for Technical Education) and the MCI (Medical Council of India)- didn’t do much apart from notifying the institutions under them about the SC order. Many secretaries came and went, students kept dying of ragging, some cases of rape and alleged murder even, and finally in 2007 the Supreme Court again took suo moto notice of the fact that ragging was still on!

This time the SC set-up a committee headed by former CBI chief RK Raghavan. In the second meeting of the committee, they invited me along with a few people to make presentations, and subsequently hired some of us as consultants. I remember going on and on in my presentation that the problem was implementation, and if only the first committee’s recommendations and the ensuing SC order of 2001 were implemented in letter and spirit, there wouldn’t be the need for this committee. I remember the first question I was asked after my presentation was about the need of an all-India anti-ragging law to be passed by the Parliament. I said absolutely. This was the single-most important thing that was needed. Everyone agreed. Although everything that makes for ragging is covered by the Indian Penal Code, the police does not think this way.

The committee submitted its report in May 2007 (.pdf here). The illiterate Delhi media took a copy of the recommendations chapter of the report and hyped it as though it had already become the law of the land. The problem that the illiterate media faced was that there were 50 recommendations! The committee had put in almost everything they had been suggested. So every paper/TV channel highlighted some of the recommendations. Some missed out the most crucial one – that the IPC should be amended and ragging made a cognisable offence. This would mean that a fresher like Kachroo can go to a police station and be taken seriously about a ragging complaint – if you know what Indian police is like you can imagine how they tell freshers not to fear, everyone gets ragged, it is okay.

The Supreme Court has not said anything about this particular recommendation so far, and those against law-by-PIL would say that it should not. The HRD ministry, and state governments, are mum on the question of outlawing ragging and implenting and monitoring anti-ragging measures because they hink that the Supreme Court, like god, is taking care of it. Why increase our work?

So what the Supreme Court has done this time round is issue this order:

(1) The punishment to be meted out has to be exemplary and justifiably harsh to act as a deterrent against recurrence of such incidents.

(2) Every single incident of ragging where the victim or his parent/guardian or the Head of institution is not satisfied with the institutional arrangement for action, a First Information Report must be filed without exception by the institutional authorities with the local police authorities. Any failure on the part of the institutional authority or negligence or deliberate delay in lodging the FIR with the local police shall be construed to be an act of culpable negligence on the part of the institutional authority. If any victim or his parent / guardian of ragging intends to file FIR directly with the police, that will not absolve the institutional authority from the requirement of filing the FIR.

(3) Courts should make an effort to ensure that cases involving ragging are taken up on a priority basis to send the correct message that ragging is not only to be discourages but also to be dealt with sternness.

(4) In addition, we direct that the possibility of introducing in the educational curriculum a subject relating to ragging shall be explored by the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and the respective State Council of Educational Research and Training (SCERT). This aspect can be included in the teaching of the subjects “Human Rights”.

(5) In the prospectus to be issued for admission by educational institutions, it shall be clearly stipulated that in case the applicant for admission is found to have indulged in ragging in the past or if it is noticed later that he has indulged in ragging, admission may be refused or he shall be expelled from the educational institution.

(6) The Central Government and the State Governments shall launch a programme giving wide publicity to the menace of ragging and the consequences which follow in case any student is detected to have been involved in ragging.

(7) It shall be the collective responsibility of the authorities and functionaries of the concerned institution, and their role shall also be open to scrutiny for the purpose of finding out whether they have taken effective steps for preventing ragging and in case of their failure, action can be taken; for example, denial of any grant-in-aid or assistance from the State Governments.

(8) Anti-ragging committees and squads shall be forthwith formed by the institutions and it shall be the job of the committee or the squad, as the case may be, to see that the Committee’s recommendations, more for particularly those noted above, are observed without exception and if it is noticed that there is any deviation, the same shall be forthwith brought to the notice of this Court.

(9) The Committee constituted pursuant to the order of this Court shall continue to monitor the functioning of the anti-ragging committees and the squads to be formed. They shall also monitor the implementation of the recommendations to which reference has been made above.

[The full interm order is here.]

This was in an interim order of the Court in May 2007, nearly 2 years ago. That has not been able to prevent Kachroo’s murder. I have no doubt that more ragging deaths will take place. You can read here a critique of the interim order by me.

If only Aman Kachroo had been able to call a helpline number or email somebody, anonymously, and write that this kind of ragging was going on, and a fact-finding team had immediately visited his college, not only could the death have been prevented but also possibly Kachroo could have enjoyed his college life without even the mandatory ostracisation that freshers who speak up against ragging have to face in their college and hostel. The setting up of such a helpine on the model of Childline was one of the recommendations of the Raghavan committee. But can the Supreme Court set up something like that? Surely, that is the domain of the executive and not the judiciary. An HRD Joint Secretary is Member Secretary of the Raghavan Committee, but the HRD won’t do anything because, well, the SC is looking into it.

To model the helpline around Childline was suggested by HRD Joint Secretary Sunil Kumar himself, but that would need identifying and funding NGO’s to do that. The Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education is ready, but the HRD forgot about this and the SC had no comment.

So two things needed to prevent ragging: a law and a helpline. Simple.

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So what should Kachroo’s family do, to get justice for his death and also to contribute to the larger anti-ragging cause to prevent such deaths?

1) I think it is important that they hire a good criminal lawyer and sue the Principal, Suresh Sankhayan, on criminal charges. In at least one case that I know, the director of the educational institution was arrested. Don’t know what happened thereafter. It is important that negligent Principals be put behind bars; it will drive home the point to principals and institute directors that even if they personally think ragging is okay, the law does not think so.

2) Another party to be sued in this matter is the Medical Council of India, whose responsibility it is under the Supreme Court orders (both 2001 and 2007) to disaffiliate institutionsthat are unable to curb ragging. This implies that they have to go around checking, and they haven’t done that.

3) It is obvious that the seniors who lynched Kachroo to death have to be given exemplary punishment. But it reminds me of the case of Pon Navrasu of Annamalai University in 1996. The then Vice Chancellor’s son, his body was hacked into many pieces by a senior named John David. Given 36 years’ jail by a sessions court, he was freed by the High Court for want of evidence. Evidence is a big problem in ragging cases, and the only conviction we know of was a ragging-rape case recently. This was achieved after a lot of hardship, and six were even then acquitted. That’s why it’s important to have a good lawyer and to collect evidence pronto.

4) In the Kerala case, controversies over which led to the SC taking notice of the prevalence of ragging despite the 2001 ban, the Kerala Nursing Council had de-recognised the School of Medical Education, where the rape had taken place after an exam in the name of ragging. This is the only example of de-affiliation. This is important, and Kachroo’s parents should push for this in the case of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College, Tanda. Students who are studying there and are not involved in ragging should be accomadated in other medical colleges. This is a price that institutions must pay for not being able to curb ragging. They must be dissolved altogether, as is the case with hazing in the US where fraternities and sororities unable to end hazing are just shut down.

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Apart from this legalistic discussion, I have to say that part of the blame goes to Aman Kachroo’s family itself, even if this is the wrong time to say this, because like typical Indian parents they didn’t take his ragging complaints seriously. If even a ragging victim’s family does not take the issue seriously until he dies, you can imagine how seriously society at large thinks of ragging as a problem. Let it also be said that they are not the first parents who will always rue their indiscretion, and perhaps not the last.

36 Comments leave one →
  1. March 10, 2009 5:46 PM

    I cease to exist
    For I am lynched in my pseudo-temple

    Waited so many years
    Burning mid-night oil
    To learn to save others
    Couldn’t save myself
    Punched and kicked to death
    By my own brothers.

    What’s that in you O seniors?
    That’s so fearful for the juniors

    I blame not thee
    But then, whom should I?
    Was this my fate? As they say in my
    country.

    Was it an accident or is it a price
    I had to pay for my dreams?

    What a price! For a dream which millions have fulfilled

    My soul cries for forgiveness to you
    For I am liberated from being one

    like you
    Don’t tell my parents I am in heaven
    For I will be there forever in you.

    I pray for your children and your
    brothers and sisters

    Don’t let them know what you did
    They would lose the faith and hope

    For that’s what is only left of me.

    May your dreams come true.

  2. Cyril permalink
    March 10, 2009 7:47 PM

    If we are to look at the latest supreme court ruling that Conviction can be based even on ‘deficient’ evidence(http://bit.ly/5Qp9), how do things translate to wrt the third point you made about what Kachroo family should do?

  3. Vamika Trehan permalink
    March 10, 2009 11:10 PM

    The college authorities were trying to save their skin from the very beginning. i had called the college at 10:20 pm on sunday night, that is, 8th march, and they confirmed that he was no more, they said he died due to a heart attack.. it is obvious that the first thing they would’ve done was disposing off all the possible evidence, rather than informing the police. they didnt even respect aman’s body.. they just left ‘it’ in one room. no ice. just his body lying there like furniture. dead.

  4. eastdelhicitizen permalink
    March 11, 2009 12:35 AM

    Bhaskar Ghose wrote a great piece in Frontline a couple of issues back; A prayer for my country. Read it here http://www.frontline.in/fl2604/stories/20090227260410600.htm
    Why is it relevant here? It is because since the time I went to engineering school in the 1980’s the society as a whole has become far more intolerant, children grow up these days with no moral education or indeed no fear of consequences for moral or legal infringements. By the time they are let loose on society, they have already have has experience in petty vandalism, cheating to pass exams and so on. Their parents, far from instilling values or discipline in them, have only indulged or even bribed them with toys.
    This is an indictment of all of us, who have children. Please spend time with them, pass on whatever moral education and respect for the rules and laws that we still have and work with your children’s schools in stamping put bullying and other such behaviour at this stage itself.

  5. RAGGING PROTEST permalink
    March 11, 2009 4:48 AM

    The country is celebrating Id-e-Milad and is preparing to celebrate Holi tomorrow. Unfortunately, the Kachroo family will not be celebrating Holi as they are grieving loss of their son. Neither I know Kachroos nor I knew Aman. However, the mindless killing of a 19 year old by his seniors in the name of ragging has shaken me. Tomorrow it could be my boss’s son, ten years down the line it could be my son.

    With the increasing privatization of higher education in India, academic institutions in India have been experiencing increasing ragging-related excesses. Despite the Raghavan Committee’s recommendations and the Supreme Court’s recent observations, most of the universities and colleges in the State have not taken any serious action to curb the menace of ragging on their campuses. Have we become so insensitive that we shall let these incidents pass as a hit and run case?
    There is a Facebook group “LET US SHOUT AGAINST RAGGING: PROTEST AGAINST THE TRAGIC DEATH OF AMAN” against ragging. Please join to make a voice against this.

  6. Anil permalink
    March 12, 2009 4:41 PM

    The entire nation is behind the family of the child. His brutal murder has shook all of us .Today it was Aman tomorrow it can be our own child.

    Its sad that inspite of Supreme court orders the concerned college did not act. College authorities are equally blamed for Amans death.

    Let all the culprits be given such a harsh punishment that it will act as a deterrant for any body to even think about ragging.

    It has to be a landmark judgment and the culprits
    must be tried by fastrack court.

    Unite to fight against ragging. Unite and fight for justice.

  7. meenal permalink
    March 15, 2009 2:44 PM

    firstly i feel bad for his family , friends , relatives ,i pray to god give them strength as they lost there son…more of this i want to pray for aman’s parents , god give them strength.
    for me his parents are true fighter as they are going through a disaster above all this they are fighting to stop ragging…hats off to them!
    goverment should name ragging is a crime other wise more aman’s will die.
    i want those guys feel that treatment which aman feels.

  8. ALISHA KAPOOR permalink
    March 17, 2009 6:38 PM

    its a poor thing that boys who were going to be doctors in few years have killed an innocent boy.i wish God give his parents the strength to bear all this.the defaulters should be seriously punished and they should be kept behind bars for long spell.ragging should be seriously banned.this mishap is because of
    the poor response of college authorities and even they should be made to suffer.
    may AMAN’S SOUL REST IN PEACE

  9. Kanchan Ganju permalink
    March 17, 2009 10:21 PM

    I believe these four monsters knew exactly what they were doing. Please remember – three are SENIOR medical students and one already a doctor – they know about the human body – they knew exactly how and where to inflict externally invisible, yet fatal blows. I can only hope that justice will prevail and they will be hanged! I also believe the principle, warden and that chowkidaar also be given the strictest punishment for they are just as guilty as the four monsters!

  10. March 18, 2009 12:17 PM

    I agree with the above comment ..they knew what they were doing and still carried on ..probaby drunk out of their minds i am sure a sober man wouldnt do this ..the treatment of aman before and after death was a disgrace and the shame is on those who showed no respect to him or his family ..may he rest in peace ..gods blessing on you aman …

  11. Rajinder Singh permalink
    March 18, 2009 12:44 PM

    This is murder , being named as Ragging. the culprits should be charged with cold blooded murder. Anyone and Everyone trying to name it as anything else should be held as abettors.

    Like Kanchan has very rightly pointed , the heinous act was committed by would be doctors, who knew exactly what they were doing.

    My heart goes out to the Family members.

  12. March 18, 2009 7:32 PM

    Rajinder Singh: This is not murder “being named Ragging”. It was ragging that led to this murder. Had there been no ragging, this murder wouldn’t have happened. Let’s not try to exonerate ragging, knowingly or unknowingly.

    Kanchan Ganju and jaisilverheels: Could alcohol have had some role here? I am not sure if the murder was intended. But then a lot that happens in ragging, or in violent situations, often is out of even the perpetrator’s control. Something takes over you, and later you wonder what it was.

  13. Venkatesh Naidu permalink
    March 18, 2009 11:12 PM

    Hi,
    This goes out to Mrs.Priya Kachroo, I did not have the privilege of knowing Aman, But i know of him.Never knowing him, he has still touched my life.The heat of the embers outlasts the flame.this is the way he will live on in out hearts. Now to get back to business ,its time to get ruin some careers and send some people to jail!

    goodspeed

  14. March 19, 2009 12:26 AM

    One verdict should prevail – Life Sentence / Hang till Death.

    This is a Gruesome Act of Crime and as I would say this is the case of Cold Blooded Murder rather than pick of the situation where they bit him to death after any altercation.

  15. Kanchan Ganju permalink
    March 19, 2009 12:58 AM

    Shivan Vij: I have NEVER believed in anyone using alcohol as an excuse to even misbehave, let alone commit a cold blooded murder! This was ragging, yes. But no one can convince me that his death was not intended, because Aman had complained about the abuse these 4 had been inflicting upon the freshers. The freshers have admitted that Aman was always trying to save them from the brutal beatings which led the seniors to single him out and beat him to death. Drunk or not, this was murder and though we have lost Aman, and nothing will bring him back, we also want justice. Mind you, I also hold the college authorities responsible. There is no excuse for the negligence they have displayed. Imagine the horror when the family found him just laying on a cot – he’d been dead for 8 hours and he wasn’t even placed on ice!!! The college authorities did not inform the family that Aman had collapsed. They did not inform them of the death either! A friend of his did. How do I know this? I am his Aunt (Masi) and believe me, I have NO feelings of sympathy whatsoever (drunk, angry, whatever…) for those 4 and will not give them the benefit of the doubt no matter what anyone says. To me, they are and will always be the murders of my son! You might say I am unable to be objective because Aman is my blood. Perhaps…because we always think of these incidents as something that only happens to others. We only realize how grave the situation is when it happens to us. So no, I will not accept the theory that “something takes over you, and later you wonder what it was”. If the perpetrators can’t ‘control’ themselves, should they be allowed to become doctors? Should they even be allowed to roam free? If they are capable of “losing control” with one of their peers, what do YOU think they’d do to someone they don’t know. I shudder at the very thought!

  16. Rajinder Singh permalink
    March 19, 2009 4:57 PM

    Shivam Vij:

    I have stayed in hostels as an Engineering student myself, and Not that I don’t know what is ragging.
    1) why Ragging in the first place ?
    2) What are the limits of ragging?
    3) Can a murder be committed in the garb of ragging?

    Aman lost his life , due to inflictment of injuries. The persons who were involved in this cannot be allowed to roam freely.

    The load of carrying a young childs dead body on their shoulders is the heaviest any parent can be subjected to.

    Punish the Perpetuators of this heinous Crime!!!

  17. Kanchan Ganju permalink
    March 25, 2009 4:53 PM

    Children are the future of this country. Please don’t allow another young, promising life to be snuffed out. Ragging must be an offence with extrememly strict punishment handed down to those who indulge in ragging junior students in any form. I urge all readers to view the website created to ensure ragging is made a punishable offence: amanmovement.org and request you to sign the petition as well.

  18. Kaajal Pahwa permalink
    March 26, 2009 1:04 PM

    This is happening . The strictest of no tolerance to ragging.
    It is so very very very sad that a young decent and most importantly coming froma good and decent family with good and decent values had to be taken away in this manner.
    THESE MONSTERS SHOULD BE HANGED AND IN PUBLIC.
    THE TIME HAS COME TO SORT OUT THIS MESS IN OUR SOCIETY BY THE LAW MAKING PEOPLE US TO PASS LEGISLATION FOR CERTAIN PUNISHMENTS TO BE MADE PUBLIC AFTER DUE PROCESS OF JUSTICE AND LAW. OTHER WISE SOCIETY WILL JUST DEGENERATE IN INDIA I EVEN MENTION HERE ABOUT SOUMYA VISHWANATHAN AND J GHOSHS KILLERS – THEY SHOULD BE HANGED – THE LAW AND JUSTICE DEPARTMENTS SHOULD WORK QUICK ON THESE CASES.
    I DO SAY TO MY SELF MAY PEACE AND HOPE COME TO THE FAMILIES OF AMAN / SOUMYA /J.GHOSH AS ALSO TO ALL WHO SUFFER INJUSTICE

  19. bpsekhon permalink
    March 29, 2009 12:22 PM

    Ragging should be around in the earlier days of elementry schools and not when everone has turned mature and doing some studies higher level.
    my complete no no to ragging really
    i went to college this practice was there too stood away from such bullies useless people
    i hated this practice of bullying or freshers.
    in schools i agree should be around
    as in schools boys hardly know the meaning of what ragging actually means.my complete no-no for ragging really.

  20. AAMIR BANDAY permalink
    March 30, 2009 9:45 PM

    The college recognization should be cancelled than only it can be a lesson and other people can be saved.

  21. Ravi permalink
    March 30, 2009 9:45 PM

    Its time for a person who has got good in mind to oppose such things to happen. Even today when everything and everyone thinks of doing good, what we pratice in college is quite opposite

  22. monika permalink
    March 30, 2009 10:11 PM

    all the students should come forward to fight against this inhuman practice but ,,,, there is a big ??????? as even his class mates cant as they have to face same irresponsible staff who keeps on reminding them that their results are with them.

  23. Firoz Khan permalink
    March 30, 2009 11:31 PM

    Educational institution are for learning not for murder. this is too much, the murderer should be punished approprietly so that no body will do this in the educational campus with their junior in the name of ragging.i had been a fresher in the year 1984 in a engg. college but ragging in those period was enjoyable, it was meaningful for freshers because it used give the fresher a confidence for their future. Now it should be stopped by making a strict act by the Govt. and should be implemented positively.

  24. Kanchan Ganju permalink
    March 31, 2009 1:29 AM

    Interesting….I just heard on NDTV 24/7 that this college has had previous incidents….in 2002, one fresher died under “mysterious circumstances” and then following this death, 2 more youths lost their lives, but those were conveniently hushed up. Seems this medical college trains their students to kill! But then, this is not the only college where hooligans parade as students, so to totally eradicate ragging from colleges, these perpetrators (the killers and the college authorities) must be punished so an example is set for all colleges and students around the country.

  25. Bharat Raval permalink
    March 31, 2009 10:11 AM

    I saw NDTV program showing response of Dr Kachroo on eve of supreme court verdict to suspend the principal of Himachal college.It is noted that earlier the warden who was removed from duties has began college duties of teaching
    etc (officially) after being away for sometime.
    Means an eyewash and no significant punishmnt
    for the lapse caused by him in uties. All over we
    find this happening After learning about crime (ragging) commited authorities find it their first job to cover it up as far as possible and later on deny without showing any sense or concern.
    Such hipocracy has spoiled the post ragging actions despite rules are there but there is no implementation !!

    I will apppreciate if Dr Kachroo speak to me on my no +9998372334 and respond me on his pm.

    I understand that there still a lot to be done to
    protect the innocent students across country !!

    BHARAT RAVAL (AHMEDABAD

  26. P.Rupa permalink
    March 31, 2009 11:17 AM

    Prior to stroking in anything, I wud SALUTE u Mr. Kachroo.
    U to me seem lyk a idol to many such parents who hav underwent this and hav been shattered n never cum to light.
    Uncle ever in ma lyf tym if I meet u, I ll walk upto u and have a word wid u for sure…
    Wen v ppl who hav’nt met AMAN feel so desperate, y is the college management out der not reacting…
    Y is the management being soft to d Warden….
    Y is the damn management bluffing saying dat the WARDEN is dismissed wen its not true..
    So many questions around n I kw u hv an answer for al dis wid ryt documents Mr.Kachroo…..
    I utterly have no faith in our judicial system, but al I believe is in ur determination to punish al involved….
    The whole India n the Youth for sure is wid u in this Movement…
    Hope more immediate actions take place succeeding to the dismissal of the Princi of the col….

    Loads of Love n Bundles of Support,
    P.Rupa

  27. Emmanuel permalink
    March 31, 2009 12:51 PM

    I hate those people responsible for his death. Even for GOD’s sake I truly hate them !

    There is no unity in them (they are united for war not for peace) . They act like angles to others but they are devils from inside.

    They say love one another but they slay all others,

    They do it for authority,
    They would spy for authority (money),
    They die for authority and kill others to be the Biggest in society !

    Emmanuel J Jerusalem

  28. monika permalink
    March 31, 2009 8:14 PM

    after the suspention of the principal quick action should be taken against other doctors who are more cocerned with personal intrests rather than teir duties. maximum doctors of this college are doing their private practice so they dont have time for their students

  29. Aditya permalink
    April 2, 2009 4:04 AM

    Tragic … but leaves many questions in the air.

    I agree that we need to have clear laws that are implemented.

    But I also think that there are other equally relevant questions to be asked?

    Why do some Universities have a culture of ragging – while others don’t? What is it that drives students to become animals?

    I have had the benefit of studying in two Delhi – based universities. In Hindu, ragging was pretty standard and accepted. While the ragging for day scholars was relatively tame, it could be pretty tough for the hostel students. At the same time, going to the police was not an option … not simply because of the lack of response but also because it marked you out for further trouble.

    In contrast, there was no element of ragging in JNU.

    One possible reason – beyond the very different nature of the universities – could be the lack of hierarchy in the student body. In DU, you referred to your seniors as sir / ma’am … while the idea of doing that was laughable in JNU.

  30. cv nagabhushan permalink
    April 2, 2009 2:09 PM

    Deaths due to ragging are happenning every year inpite of law & provisions.thanks to aman’s father who is fighting to eliminate this menace.
    This reminds me of my son’s case who was subjected to ragging by his seniors at niet (then rec) surat, but some how managed to put up with it. it was a terrible time for me as college authorities were denying that such thing is existing. further they threatended my son with dire consequences. in a way he was troubled by both seniors as well by college authorities.
    Helpline concept is good.Further there should be provisions to safe guard student’s future in that college

  31. Akanksha permalink
    April 9, 2009 10:23 AM

    I am overwhelmed by the country’s response to this tragic incidence. But why is it that people are suddenly waking up from a deep sleep?Were all of us waiting for something like this to happen? Aren’t all ofus equally responsible for whatever happened? It is very easy to accuse others and put the blame on others. It is far more easy to dictate that the culprits should be hanged! But have you ever thought of the fact that if ragging was so deeply entrenched in the institution and this was going on since a long time the accused must have gone through the same when they were freshers! Being a student of the same proffesion from the same state i and like me many others know that this all has been going on for a long time now. But instead of blaming the four accused boys i also blame myself. I blame myself for not raising my voice against my seniors when i was ragged throughout the first year. and like me many others in my institution do. Not many of you must be knowing that two of the accused had themselves logded a complaint against ragging a fewmonths back when they were freshers. Had some action been taken at that time they would have not caused such a pain to others. Were they in any better condition than Aman? may be they were even more brutally handled by their seniors but it was their hard luck that they survived to see this day. I am sure had this unfortunate accident not happened aman would have been at the place of his seniors next year and doing the same thing ….. this is what has been happening all these years!!!!! My question is are those four boys to be blamed who have themselves been in the past targetted by this evil of ragging like Aman ? IF BY ANY CHANCE AMAN’S ANY RELATIVE HAPPENS TO GO THROUGH THESE LINES I HUMBLY REQUEST YOU TO ACT AGAINST THE EVIL AND NOT AGAINST THOSE WHO LIKE YOUR SON HAVE BEEN TROUBLED BY THIS MENACE OF RAGGING. Sir i know your loss is not repairable and i must in all ways make this clear that i am not supporting ragging but i truly believe that tackling the evil is the way out rather than punishing those who have been in their recent past troubled by this evil as your son was.

  32. monika permalink
    April 13, 2009 10:30 PM

    my question for investigating agencies is the same what are you doing to stop the private practice done by the docs of tanda college.I feel by this time action should have been taken to make these doctors more responsible towards their duty

  33. monika permalink
    April 13, 2009 10:41 PM

    i read the above comment in which i can see the indirect support to the four culprits .upto some extent i also feel that freshers should raise their voice against this type of injustice but question is whom to tell and who will listen ? And again answer to brick is not the stone.

  34. Shruthi permalink
    April 16, 2009 2:29 PM

    My heart goes out to Aman’s family.I hope God eases your pain.The whole country is with u. I hope the 4 accused are subjected to the same kind of pain that aman was put through, for the rest of their lives.

  35. Gyanesh Gupta permalink
    May 20, 2013 11:41 PM

    My son Manal Bansal ki 21-08-2012 ko BHU Varanasi me ragging death hui hai ……….
    Gyanesh Gupta , Ph..09897198766

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