The Growing Menace of Ragging in Indian educational institutions
Author: Parkhi Saxena, Student, Institute of Law, Nirma University, Ahmedabad, India
Ragging is a malpractice which is prevalent in most of the Indian educational institutions. It includes acts of teasing, bullying, discrimination and display of dominance on younger students and in some cases it even extends to physical or mental harassment or both. Such events of ragging not just adversely affect the physical and mental health of students but also causes irreparable damages to their psyche, the effects of which can be traced even after many years of such incidents. Events of ragging in educational institutions directly encroaches a student’s fundamental rights guaranteed by the Indian Constitution under Article 19 and 21. This article aims to examine the current position of ragging in Indian colleges and universities through statistics-based data. This article also aims to analyse the landmark cases through which the judiciary aimed to curb the malpractice of ragging and attempted to make educational institutions a safe haven for students where they can learn and grow without fear of being bullied or harassed. In conclusion, the author discusses the remedial measures which every administrative body ought to take into cognizance to make the schools and colleges a ragging free educational space.
Keywords: Ragging, Constitution, Statistics, Guidelines, Measures.
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