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Murder in the name of ragging

The cold-blooded murder of Aman in Himachal Pradesh in the name of ragging has brought shame and condemnation from all over the country (Editorial: “Murder, not ragging”, March 11). The barbarous behaviour of some of the students of Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College has snuffed out the life of a brilliant and promising student. The criminals deserve no mercy and must be meted out exemplary punishment.

This incident also shows the failure of the administration of the institution. The senior medical students were drunk, which implies that there was no checking and students were allowed to keep alcohol with them. The tough laws and Supreme Court guidelines to counter the menace of ragging have proved futile.

As a result of inhuman ragging, many students have died. Some have committed suicide, several have got crippled and many have become sexually impotent. The vast majority of the victims bear permanent scars. Aman’s death should serve as a wake-up call for the people of India.

DR R KUMAR, Chandigarh




II

The editorial “Murder, not ragging” was forthright. Ragging, which started as an innocuous custom to break the ice between juniors and seniors, has over the years degenerated into a criminal activity. That this brutal activity continues unabated despite the Supreme Court ban is most shocking.

While the culprits in the Aman Kachroo case must be awarded exemplary punishment, the administrative heads of the institution, too, must not go scot-free.

TARA CHAND, Ambota

III

The untimely demise of Aman Kachroo has shocked the nation. He was beaten up brutally by his seniors in the name of ragging and the merciless beating resulted in his death. It is horrific to think that students behave in such an inhuman manner. A promising life has been sniffed.

Ragging must be eradicated completely from our educational institutions. Only law cannot ensure this. Parents, teachers and public-spirited persons should come forward to end this menace. Had the college staff and the management shown prudence and acted with urgency, the grim tragedy could have been averted.

H K GROVER, Ludhiana

IV

Himachal Pradesh is a peaceful state and such incidents of ragging were never reported in the past. With the passage of time human values are eroding. Despite the Supreme Court ban on ragging, the institutions have done little to combat this menace. The culprits deserve severe punishment. Those who indulge in ragging should be expelled from educational institutions.

SUBER SINGH PARIHAR, Khas Narwana, Kangra

V

The casual attitude of the authorities emboldens inconsiderate seniors who victimise vulnerable juniors. Aman’s complaint failed to move callous authorities. The resignation of the principal and the suspension of the warden and the manager were only face-saving measures. Their lapse has proved fatal. The grants to the college must be cut substantially. The college cannot be disaffiliated because that would ruin the career of many innocent students.

O. P. COUSHIK, Kurukshetra

VI

Nothing can compensate Aman’s parents. But an exemplary punishment should be given not only to the culprits but also to the head of the institute and the caretakers of the hostel who have proved to be uncaring and irresponsible. This is the only way to restore the confidence of the students and the parents.

SUNIL CHOPRA, Ludhiana

Correction

The second headline in the third editorial in The Tribune on March 21, 2009, should read “EC wields the stick” and not as it has gone. The printing error is regretted.

— Editor-in-Chief





No ground for relief

It is really unfortunate that Sanjay Dutt has moved the Supreme Court for suspension of his conviction under the Arms Act by the special TADA court in the case relating to the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts. The apex court has already stayed the execution of his sentence of six years and has been already out on a regular bail since November 2007. There is no rationale in ordering suspension of the conviction merely on the ground that he wishes to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.

The right to contest an election is not a fundamental right of a citizen but merely a legal right subject to certain limitations and reservations. One such condition is that a person convicted of any offence for two years or more shall be disqualified from contesting elections. The case being cited for the grant of such relief is that of Navjot Singh Sidhu who was given relief after his conviction for three years in a road rage case. The Supreme Court had accepted the argument that only a public servant convicted in a corruption case should be denied such relief.

This is highly deplorable, as there is grave apprehension of such a verdict being misused by criminals and could dilute the initiatives taken to check the criminalisation of politics.

HEMANT KUMAR, Advocate Ambala City

 





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