Lucknow: After facing severe embarrassment on account of a viral video showing first year medicos throwing salaam at the university gates as a part alleged ragging, the prestigious King George’s Medical University (KGMU) saw yet another ragging incident coming into light after a complaint was filed with the anti-ragging committee alleging the same
In the latest case, Six UG students, belonging to MBBS and BDS course, including a female medico have been suspended on account of alleged ragging. The students have also been expelled from their hostel and barred entry on campus till further orders are issued by the medical college management.
The students were accused of ragging in a complaint to the Central Anti-Ragging helpline where the anonymous complainant mentioned grave details of how juniors are being allegedly ragged by senior students at the medical institution.
Following are the allegations submitted by the complainant:
- Seniors used to ask the juniors to cut their hair short, bow their heads and perform a salaam known on the campus as “teen nambari”.
- Sometimes, even video calls were also made and students were made to perform obscene acts on command of seniors”, and that seniors would come to their rooms that face the road, “especially room number 16, late in the night and ask students to gather so that they can be ragged.
- Juniors were warned of dire consequences at the fresher’s party if the names of seniors involved in ragging got disclosed.
- This kept the juniors away from disclosing the incidents to anyone on campus or even their families.
The complaint added that due to this deplorable offense, the junior medicos live under the constant fear as these happenings on the university campus and in the hostels are not allowing students to concentrate on their studies and giving them sleepless nights.
Taking his stand on the issue, on behalf of “all victims of ragging”, the complainant named few of the senior students and asked the concerned authorities to take strict action against the seniors to stop them from “molesting a junior” in future.
With TOI having the copy of the complaint, it has been reported by the daily that the Central Anti-Ragging helpline termed the complaint as “serious,” and taking grave cognition of the same, it asked the KGMU administration to identify and counsel the victim so as to make him/her feel safe and to assure the medico that action will be taken by the university.
Recently, Medical Dialogues reported that the entire batch of MBBS and BDS students pursuing their degrees in their 2nd year were fined Rs 1000 each after a video of ragging went viral and reached the KGMU administration.
In the alleged video that went viral of social media on 26th September 2018, an entire batch of First-year students was seen moving from their medical college hostel towards their classes while throwing their hands in up and down motion- making a continuous “Salaam”.
As soon as the video went viral, authorities launched an inquiry committee was formed under the headship of the chief proctor. With no student coming forward with confessions or the culprits’ names and the enquiry committee also not being able to point out the particular students that were involved in the alleged ragging, the authorities recently announced the decision to punish the entire second-year batch.
“The entire batch has been slapped fine of Rs 1,000 each. Also, the security agency entrusted with the task of protecting the freshers against ragging has been fined Rs 5000,” confirmed KGMU spokesperson Dr Santosh Kumar.
While mentioning the same instance, the aggrieved student stated in his complaint, “Even though the seniors were fined, it had failed to break them down and the condition had only worsened. Calls became more frequent. Still, the seniors give us a warning when we go to our labs to cut our hair and perform ‘teen nambari.’ Their calls sometimes last for an hour.”
After the said complaint with all the details of the ragging episodes reached the KGMU administration, six students were suspended from the medical college and the accused medicos were expelled from their hostel and barred entry on campus till investigation in the case is completed.