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ragging in Coimbatore Medical College - Four students held

25 October 2009:COIMBATORE: Despite SC bans and pleas, ragging refuses to die out.

In the latest horror, four students of the government-run Coimbatore Medical College Hospital were arrested and suspended from the college for allegedly assaulting juniors. According to police, the four seniors allegedly took 11 second-year students to the terrace of the hostel and asked them to 'swim' on the floor on the night of October 21.

When they hesitated and resisted, they were assaulted, the police said. Two days earlier, three other boys were also allegedly ragged and beaten up by the same group.

''As ragging of freshers would have come to our notice immediately, these seniors appear to have targeted second-year students,'' medical college dean Dr V Kumaran said. Source

Squad set up to check ragging at RIMS

Ranchi, Oct. 20: An anti-ragging squad has been constituted at the premier Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) to curb incidents of ragging amid unconfirmed reports of mental and physical torture.

RIMS acting director A.K. Mahto said that the squad comprised three teachers each of clinical and non-clinical departments, besides representatives of the Junior Doctors' Association.

"Though we have not received any complaint of ragging, we have set up an anti-ragging squad. Its members will sit together on October 29 to chalk out a strategy to put a complete halt on ragging, if any, on the campus," Mahto said.

Vijay Pratap Singh Tomar, the association's secretary and also a member of the squad, supported Mahto, saying there was no question of ragging as students were aware of its consequences. "Everyone knows that s/he will have to lose at least one semester if found ragging a fresher. No one enjoys harassing juniors at the cost of his or her career," he said.

Tomar, however, did not deny the practise of freshers introducing themselves on the campus.

"Sometimes, freshers are asked to introduce themselves to seniors. This practice is sometime seen as ragging and spoken about in an exaggerated way outside the campus by some freshers," he said.

Sources, however, said the squad was constituted after cases of harassment of newcomers were reported from the campus.

"It was reported that new girls were being asked by seniors to wash their dirty laundry at odd hours while boys were being asked to impersonate birds. Apart from this, some seniors asked freshers to bend at 90 degrees when in front of them," a RIMS employee alleged on condition of anonymity.

No fresher was available for comment as the Puja vacations are on. But sources close to them supported the claims of the RIMS employee.

"There is an old tradition of ragging on the campus. It is difficult to find out about every case as freshers prefer to remain tight-lipped as they fear trouble in the hostel otherwise. Only extreme cases of ragging come out or only those students open their mouths whose parents are influential," said a friend of a fresher.Source
Comments By Ragging India;
It is a good step but the management should know that  No complain does not meen that ragging is not taking place. Very serious ragging takes place in RIMS.  SC/ST students freshers is brutely ragged by their SC/ST seniors continuously for three to four months. General and OBC category students are being ragged by their counterparts similarly for three to four months.
In this country we just make a commitee and sleep. Neither the committe do anything neither the Management/Government. Committee is made just to hide the truth and for not taking any action.

IMA safety net for doctors

Dhanbad, Oct. 8: Increasing number of criminal cases against doctors in the district has prompted the local unit of Indian Medical Association to seek judicial intervention.

This apart, the association will also seek support for implementation of a law that will ban lodging of criminal case against doctors without prior approval of a specialised committee. Seven states, including Bengal, have already implemented the law. Andhra Pradesh was the first to implement the law.

President of Dhanbad chapter of IMA A.K. Singh said that a delegation comprising senior office-bearers of the association would soon meet the district judge demanding constitution of the specialised doctors' committee in the light of Supreme Court ruling.

"The ruling clearly prohibits lodging of a criminal case against doctors without the prior approval of the specialised doctors' committee. They can only be booked under the Consumer Protection Act," said Singh. He added that the administration must initiate steps to prevent these.

Speaking about the association's action plan, IMA secretary Sunil Kumar Sinha said that a delegation would also meet Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and demand implementation of the law.

He said that in many cases the family members of the patients resort to violence alleging negligence against the doctors only to avoid paying the bill of the nursing home.Source:The Telegraph India

IMA seeks ban on quacks

Dhanbad, Oct. 6: The Dhanbad chapter of Indian Medical Association (IMA) today presented a petition before the deputy commissioner demanding a ban on unregistered medical practitioners.

The move was a part of the nationwide anti-quack week, which would include an awareness drive on dangers of availing services of quacks and unqualified doctors.

The IMA's week-long programme began from October 2 and would continue till October 10.

The Dhanbad chapter of the association also held an executive committee meeting at IMA hall at Luby Cicular Road, said the president of the Dhanbad chapter, A.K. Singh. Besides the DC, members also spoke to the drug controller and will approach the district civil surgeon in this regard.

Comparing Jharkhand with Gujarat, which has laws banning quacks, the president rued the lack of such laws here. He added that the state should take a cue from states that provide incentives to doctors who accept posts in rural, remote areas, which would also put an end to quacks' practise.

Singh also demanded a strict crackdown on drug-sellers providing medicines without prescriptions.

He added that the state government should look into the practice of allopathic medicines by doctors who have homeopathic and alternative medicine degrees.

Dhanbad chapter's vice-president Leena Singh, secretary Sunil Kumar Sinha and vice-president of the district unit S. Kumar were also present in the meeting.Source:The Telegraph India

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