Agra: The UGC anti-ragging helpline has received a ragging complaint from a second-year MBBS student of the Agra Medical College(SN Medical College), claiming to have been thrashed by a 3rd-year student Rohan Kumar Singh on January 26, in the G B Pant hostel of the institute.
The complaint of the victimized student has been forwarded by the anti-ragging cell to the Agra Varsity with necessary directions. The Medical College’s anti-ragging cell, In –charge, Dr S K Katharia has ordered an investigation into the incident.
Public Relations Officer (PRO), Agra varsity, Girjashaker Sharma told TOI: “We have received the complaint from the anti-ragging cell and the same has been forwarded to the medical college’s administration.”
In an earlier story done by the Medical Dialogues team, it was reported that the SN Medical College had taken strict measures to eliminate the demon of ragging from the college campus, by coming up with elaborate rulings on it. “Any act of physical or mental abuse including bullying and exclusion, targeted at another student, whether a fresher or otherwise, on the ground of colour, race, religion, caste, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, appearance, region, nationality, linguistic identity or others will count as ragging,” said the President, Anti-Ragging Cell, Dr S K Katharia had said. The college has also put up notices on what words and gestures would amount to ragging. ‘Chashmish’ for those who wear spectacles and ‘Kalu’, dark-skinned people, have been defined as ‘derogatory’ terms
“If any student is found guilty of such acts, they can be suspended, rusticated, and removed from the hostel, have their results withheld or face a fine up to Rs 25,000 or higher,” Katharia added.
The college officials clarified that there was no dress code for the college and the seniors needed to treat the newcomers gently.
“We do not force any student to cut their hair very short, or wear uniforms or buy textbooks from a particular shop. Even senior students found instructing juniors to follow any dress code will be punished according to the rules,” said Katharia.