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Ragging in India is a damaging form of interaction of the seniors in college or school with the juniors, new entrants or first years. It is similar to but not the same as hazing in the United States, it is not an initiation. It involves insults (simple or suggestive sexual, sarcastic and even physical), running errands for seniors, and many other complex activities. Highly reputed Indian colleges have a history of ragging especially Medical colleges. It has become increasingly unpopular due to several complaints of serious injury to the victims and stringent laws pertaining to ragging. Ragging is now defined as an act that violates or is perceived to violate an individual student's dignity
Following Supreme Court orders, a National Anti-Ragging Helpline was launched by the Indian Government. Students being ragged send emails at firstname.lastname@example.org to register their complaint, which can be registered without disclosing the name(s) of the victim(s). If the students wants, he or she may even complain without disclosing his or her name, by making an anonymous email id, or by calling the helpline number 1800-180-5522.
Effective action is taken by the helpline for the complaints registered to it. Many students even commit suicide due to ragging. It may even damage the mental ability of the students. Some people believe that ragging should be banned but some feel that it is a good way of making fresh entrants feel at home in school or in college.
As per UGC regulations, it is mandatory for a college to register an F.I.R. with police against the culprits if any violence, physical abuse, sexual harassment, confinement etc. takes place with any fresher. After receiving any such complaint from the helpline, it becomes the duty of the head of the institution to register the F.I.R. with police within 24 hours. In 2013, a police case was registered against the director, dean and registrar of a reputed college in Delhi for, among other charges, not informing the police and registering F.I.R. within 24 hours of receiving the ragging complaint.(failing to inform a public authority, IPC 176)
Ragging has been completely prohibited in the college. Any incident of ragging may be reported to any member of anti ragging committee.
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