Human Rights Panel takes grim view of ragging in Noida school

NOIDA || The National Human Rights Commission, NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of media reports, carried on the 11th May, 2016, that two students of class XI, studying in Delhi Public School (DPS), NOIDA were beaten mercilessly by their 17 seniors for protesting against outlawed practice of ragging and reporting the matter to the school authorities. The incident happened when the boys were returning after dinner to their hostel on the 8th May, 2016.

fyObserving that the incident raises issue of serious violation of right to life and dignity of the young students, the Commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of Uttar Pradesh, District Magistrate and Senior Superintendent of Police, Gautam Budh Nagar calling for reports within four weeks.

The Commission has also observed that ragging has been banned in the educational institutions and certain guidelines on recommendations of the Raghvan Committee have been issued in this regard. The Apex Court, while deciding the Civil Appeal No. 887 of 2009 has also referred to ragging as an ugly scar, which is required to be obliterated from the face of educational institutions. The school authorities are legally bound and responsible to ensure protection of students from the menace of ragging.

Reportedly, a few days back also, one of the victim boys had suffered into the hands of his seniors in the name of ragging. However, the school management, after giving him first aid, had asked him to stay at home for a few days. Even after the 8th May, 2016 incident, the school management first tried to persuade the parents of the victims not to file a report with police.