The Supreme Court has banned it and the government has strictly prohibited it on campus. Yet, ragging is regular in educational institutions of Uttar Pradesh.
The state registered 432 ragging cases - the highest in the country followed by West Bengal (283 cases) - between June 2009 and September 24, 2013, according to the national anti-ragging helpline (1800-180-55-22) data.
And this year alone, between July and September, 58 cases were reported from colleges across the state, keeping it firmly on top of the chart.
Of the 58, 36 cases were disposed of, 22 are pending.
On September 5, a B Pharma student of Dr MC Saxena Institute of Engineering and Management died two days after she jumped off the third floor of the college building in Thakurganj allegedly after she was ragged.
Concerned about the "disastrous effect on the image of the college and university", vice-chancellor of the Gautam Buddh Technical University, RK Khandal wrote a stern letter to all affiliated colleges. "There is zero tolerance for ragging and even one incident in any college should be taken seriously," he said.
Statistics showed ragging incidents were more common in all-boys institutions.
Five students of a government polytechnic in Lucknow were bashed up by seniors on September 23. Before that, first-year students at Hewett Polytechnic, also in Lucknow, were forced to shave their heads and barred from making eye contact with their seniors.
And, on August 25, a MBBS student lodged a police complaint against 12 of his seniors for ragging him at the Aligarh Muslim University college.
Of the 58 cases reported in the state this year, 54 victims were boys. Since June 2009, a total of 404 victims were boys and 28 girls in UP.
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.