As if the highest number of gun-shot deaths and communal riots were not enough to give it a bad name, Uttar Pradesh now also tops the list of ragging incidents in the country.
According to the National Anti-Ragging Helpline data, between June 2009 and September 24, 2013, UP registered 432 ragging cases followed by West Bengal (283). Of the 58 cases registered in UP this year, 36 cases were disposed of while 22 were pending.
Statistics show most of these incidents were reported from boys' institutions, with 54 of the 58 victims boys and four girls. Since June 2009, a total of 404 victims were boys and 28 were girls in UP. A total of 1,732 incidents of ragging were reported in India (between June 2009 and December 2012) wherein 1,571 victims were boys and 161 were girls.
Of the total ragging complaints (2,180) recorded across India since June 2009, UP alone constituted for 20% of these (432). The numbers were the highest in UP despite a downward trend in cases registered -- from 120 in 2011 to 85 in 2012 and 58 till September 24 this year.
The total number of complaints received from across India during the last 18 months was 754, of which 467 cases were disposed of, 43 complaints were active in call centre, 84 complaints were active in monitoring agencies while 160 complaints were active in various regulatory authorities.
Other states that reported a high number of ragging cases included West Bengal (283), Odisha (238), Madhya Pradesh (202), Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu (113), Rajasthan (106), Bihar (101), while Delhi reported only 48 cases.
What constitutes ragging?
• Any conduct by any student, whether by words spoken or written or by an act, which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student.
• Indulgence in rowdy or undisciplined activities by any student/students, which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or apprehension in any fresher or any other student.
• Asking any student to do any act, which such student would not do in the ordinary course and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student.
• Any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student or a fresher.
• Exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students.
• Any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a fresher or any other student by students.
• Any act of physical abuse including all variants of it: sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person.