What Is It?
"Ragging" is defined as any action that could reasonably be expected to threaten, frighten, disgrace, or otherwise humiliate a pupil. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Any behavior by a student or students that has the effect of insulting, treating, or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student, whether through words spoken or written or through an act;
- Engaging in aggressive or disorderly behavior that annoys, inconveniences, causes physical or psychological injury, or that causes any students or other students to dread or be concerned about such behavior;
- Any action by a senior student that inhibits, disrupts, or interferes with another student's or a fresher's regular academic activities; using another student's or a fresher's services to complete the academic responsibilities allocated to an individual or a group of students.
- Any act of financial extortion or coercive expenditure burden committed by students against newcomers or any other student;
- Any physical abuse, including its variations such as sexual abuse, homophobic assaults, stripping, coercing vulgar or indecent behavior, endangering one's health or safety;
- Any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of a fresher or any other student with or without an intent to inflict sadistic pleasure, as well as any act of abuse by spoken words, emails, posts, or public insults that also includes getting a perverted thrill, vicarious thrill, or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfort of a fresher or any other student.
- To hold a joint sensitization program and to provide senior and freshmen with professional advice.
- Holding joint orientation sessions for new students and seniors where the principal/head of the institution and the anti-ragging committee would speak.
- Send a report on the actions taken on a regular basis to the district committee and the university.
- Every employee of the institution, including teaching and non-teaching staff, contract workers employed on the premises for the operation of the canteen, as watch and ward staff, or for cleaning or maintaining the buildings/lawns, etc., shall sign an agreement with the principal or head of the institution stating that they will promptly report any case of ragging that comes to their attention.
- Ragging frequently occurs at hostel messes and college canteens as well. The appropriate instructions for maintaining tight vigilance and reporting any instances of ragging to the college authorities must be issued to the employers/employees of the canteens/mess.
- Each group of freshmen should be broken up into smaller units, and a staff member should be given responsibility for that unit. Every day, this staff person should have one-on-one interactions with each group member to learn about any challenges the institution's newcomers may be having and to offer any necessary assistance.
- The teacher in charge of the group must communicate with the hostel warden and conduct unannounced visits to the rooms where the group members are staying if they are newcomers who have been admitted to the hostel.
- Wherever possible, freshmen must be housed in a separate hostel building. If this is not possible, the college or institution must ensure that access by seniors to freshmen housing is strictly regulated by wardens, security personnel, and college officials.
- If a case of ragging is reported to the appropriate authority, the accused student will be given the chance to respond, and if his response is deemed insufficient, the authority will expel him from the school.