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Juniors urged to speak out against ragging at RIMS(Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences)

RANCHI: The issue of junior students being subjected to ill-treatment by seniors on the campus of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences this academic season could be heard at campus discussions but when it came to lodging formal complaints, everything was brushed under the carpet.

It was collaborative effort of the institution, faculty members and a handful senior students that hushed up the matter. This saved the institution from earning a bad name and seniors from strict punishment as has been made mandatory.

Acknowledging the gap in principles and practice that most of the educational institutions follow when it comes to checking ragging, the National Service Scheme (NSS) wing of the Ranchi University and the District Legal Services Authority (DALSA) arranged a programme on the institute campus on Tuesday and encouraged students to come up with complaints.

While a group of advocates counselled junior and senior students about legal implications of being found guilty of ragging, director, RIMS, Tulsi Mahato, administered the oath to all students that they should never indulge in acts which are construed to be criminal offences in the eyes of the law.

Coordinator NSS at the Ranchi University, Prakash Jha, said some reports of ragging were reported from RIMS but not a single formal complaint reached the institution.

"Juniors are always afraid of lodging complaints against seniors as a result of which ragging cases are hardly reported," he said, adding that institutions, too, try to avoid taking action fearing bad name being brought to the institute.

"We invited the students to join NSS so that extra time, if any, is spent in constructive social work instead of planning ways to humiliate juniors.

Addressing students and faculty members, secretary DALSA, SM Hussain, said the institution should ensure that the identity of the complainant is not revealed. "In case any one is apprehensive of lodging a complaint with the institute they can come up to my office and leave the petition," he said, assuring that the identity would not be revealed.

The advocates reminded the institution of the mandatory guidelines it has to follow like the constitution of an anti-ragging committee and displaying contact numbers of officials designated to check the menace. "The institute must display the penal provisions and encourage juniors to come up with complaints instead of hushing up the matter," Jha said. source-articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com


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