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Medical college ‘ragging’ case: NHRC notice to HRD ministry, UP govt

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New Delhi: The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Thursday issued notices to the HRD ministry and Uttar Pradesh government in connection with ragging of around 100 students at a medical college in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh.

Taking suo motu cognizance of media reports that around 100 students, including boys and girls, have been subjected to inhuman treatment in the name of ragging at Moti Lal Nehru Medical College in Allahabad district of Uttar Pradesh, the commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh and the Principal, Motilal Nehru Medical College, Allahabad calling for a detailed report in the matter within four weeks.

Besides, the commission has directed the parties to inform about the steps taken against the guilty students and officers and measures taken for the safety of the students and creation of a healthy environment for the students within the college.

As per the news report, about 150 students have been admitted in the 1st year of MBBS course out of which, 40 are female students. Some of the students have reportedly raised their objection and they were beaten up. The students have told the newspaper on the condition of anonymity that they are being subjected to torture and are being threatened that their career will be spoiled in case any complaint is made by them with the authorities.

The Commission has also directed the Secretary, Union Ministry of Human Resource Development to submit status report regarding effective implementation of the recommendations of the Raghavan Committee, affirmed by the Supreme Court of India, in educational institutions across the country. He has been given four weeks for the response.

While issuing the notices the Commission has observed that the ragging has been banned in the academic institutions, schools and colleges. The University Grants Commission has issued guidelines on the subject to be followed by all educational institutions. The Medical Council of India has issued Medical Council of India (Prevention and Prohibition of Ragging in Medical Colleges/ Institutions) Regulations, 2009 to root out ragging in all forms from medical colleges/ institutions in the country by prohibiting it by law.

The Apex Court has also directed that number of recommendations made by the Raghavan Committee be implemented by taking confidence building measures and formation of Anti-Ragging Committees in the institutions. The Commission while considering a complaint received from Prof. Raj Kachroo, Aman movement for Eradication of Ragging has expressed its firm view against ragging and has directed the universities across the country to strictly follow the guidelines issued by the Apex Court as well as the University Grants Commission on the subject.

In spite of all these efforts, in such a large number, 1st year students of a prestigious medical college in Allahabad have been allegedly subjected to such inhuman treatment in the name of ragging. This amounts to violation of human rights of the innocent students. Their Right to Dignity appears to have been grossly violated due to negligence by the college administration.

According to the media report, the junior students have been forced to bow down and Salaam (salute) everyone including Class-IV employees of the college. It is also mentioned that heads of 100 students have been tonsured in the name of ragging. The students are under severe fear and nervousness but the college administration is silent. Even the girl students have not been spared as they have been directed to apply oil on their hair and make a Juda (puff). They are not allowed to keep their hair untied.

Reportedly, in spite of all this, no student could dare to come forward to lodge a complaint with the Anti Ragging Cell of the college. As per report, neither the college administration has provided any facility of counseling to the students nor it has provided a safe environment to the fresh students.

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