“The seniors rag the juniors and force them to do things like abuse or partially strip. If one does not comply, they get beaten up.”– An anonymous student.
Nainital: In yet another case of ragging, the University Grants Commission (UGC) has received a complaint from a first-year MBBS student at Dr Susheela Tiwari Government Medical College and Hospital in Haldwani claiming that he was allegedly ragged by his seniors, who also thrashed him up and tore his clothes. The college administration has already questioned over 100 students in the matter till now.
According to a statement made by a student, on condition of anonymity, the ragging was rampant in the college and most victims chose to stay silent because they are afraid. “The seniors rag the juniors and force them to do things like abuse or partially strip. If one does not comply, they get beaten up,” the anonymous student told TOI.
Meanwhile, taking action on the complaint registered over a week ago by the victimized MBBS student, the college administration has constituted a 12-member committee to investigate the matter and has already questioned 100 MBBS students so far.
When contacted, S K Singh, Principal In-charge of the Medical College and Hospital, confirmed to the daily, “We have ordered a probe and more than 100 people, including students, have been questioned. A meeting has been called regarding the matter on Tuesday.”
An official further informed that the UGC asked the institute to look into the matter in an email after which the probe was ordered.
Recently, Medical Dialogues team had reported about the suspension of twenty-two second-year MBBS students of Madurai Medical College (MMC), who verbally ragged the junior students by asking them to run errands, salute their seniors, wear only formal clothes even while sleeping and disallowed them to sport moustaches.