MD Homeopathy student ragged during freshers party: 16 doctors booked
Palghar: A student pursuing MD Homeopathy from Palghar based Dr M L Dhawale Memorial Homoeopathic Institute allegedly became a victim of ragging during a freshers party preparations at the institute campus recently. On the basis of the complaint filed by the student accusing 16 doctors of ragging, 13 have been booked by the police.
A 23-year-old student of Dr ML Dhawale Memorial Homoeopathic Institute alleged that she was ragged by a group of seniors while preparing for a college event on November 14th 2019 during a meeting where the first-year students were interacting with senior doctors and planning for an upcoming student party.
A total of 31 students, including 30 girls joined the college just one week back. The freshers' party for the first-year Doctor of Medicine in Homeopathy (MD) course students was to be held on November 17, for which preparations were underway, where the ragging incident allegedly took place.
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According to the student's complaint, some of the senior doctors and medical students made derogatory remarks about her. She stated in her complaint that the meeting began at 10 pm that day and turned into a session to rag the newcomers. She alleged that the seniors ridiculed her and made fun of her language skills. She further alleged that the ‘mental torture’ went on till around 2 am the next day, after which she returned to her hostel, reports TOI.
Following the incident, the doctor approached the police and lodged an FIR against the accused doctors.
Subsequently, the police registered an offence against 16 senior doctors under section 4 of Prevention of Ragging Rules 1999 and a probe was initiated.
Meanwhile, the Palghar police have filed a case under section 4 of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act against the 13 accused. The college further cancelled the party scheduled for November 17th and initiated an internal inquiry into the allegations.
However, the medical college authorities believe that the student could have approached the anti-ragging committee set up by the college first rather than going to the police directly.
“The student should have complained directly to us, but instead approached the police. She did not even approach anyone from the anti-ragging committee. Her father came from Nashik and took her home without our knowledge,” College director Anand Kapse told HT.
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