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March 16, 2009

Juniors skipping college due to ragging

Juniors skipping college due to ragging

Chandigarh: The fear of ragging has kept majority of the junior students of Dr. Rajendra Prasad Medical College in Himachal Pradesh away from college.

The college authorities said they have taken strong steps to overcome ragging in the college, but 24 students who left their hostels after the death of Amann Kachroo have not yet returned due to the fear of ragging.

The college authorities have sent letters to their parents requesting them to send their children back to the college. Amann and 12 other students had earlier filed a complaint with the college authorities that they were being ragged frequently.

A new ordinance will be implemented in a weeks time asserted Chief Minister, Prem Kumar Duggal and will be tabled in the upcoming monsoon session of the Assembly.

The Medical Council of India (MCI) after being directed by the Ministry of Human Resource Department (HRD) has sent a team to investigate the case of ragging.

"The absence of the students from the college is acting as a hindrance in solving the case. We have recorded statements of fifteen students. Eight students have not made themselves available for the investigation," said Umapati Jamwal, Deputy Superintendent of Police.

Dr. Anil Chauhan, the new principal of the medical college after Amanns' death said, "They were trying their best to convince the students to join back the college. Hopefully they should be back in a day or two."

A three-day campaign has been initiated in the college campus to spread awareness against ragging. On March 14, the faculties and students held a candlelight vigil at Jantar Mantar and a zero-tolerance for ragging pledge will be taken today in the college.

A week after the death of Amann Kachroo, a student of AP's college of Agricultural Engineering tried committing suicide as she was allegedly made to dance nude by her senior students during ragging.

Another incident of ragging was witnessed in Gurgaon, where five students thrashed Nishant Garsa on March 5.

They were harassing him for a long time. They hit him so brutally over a trivial matter that he is suffering from injuries in his testicles. He has been a victim of such kind of ragging from the time he got admission in the college. source:

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