The excitement on day one of the new session at Delhi University was palpable as thousands of freshers flocked the campus on Monday.
To ease things for the newcomers, various anti-ragging measure were taken by Delhi Police. These included a theatre act, women cops patrolling on bikes, and signature campaigns. Twelve mimicry artists from Jagran, a non-profit organisation, performed a 10-minute skit highlighting the ill-effects of ragging and anti-ragging guidelines issued by police. The act showcased the plight of a fresher being ragged by three senior students. “Delhi Police contacted us to come up with this presentation, to spread the word against ragging on campus,” says Arijit Roy, director of the skit.
“What better way than theatre to sensitise students?” says Shibna, a 42-year-old performer with the group. The performance took place outside Arts Faculty and Vishwavidyalaya Metro station. Interestingly, the women cops on bikes wore gloves to avoid a tan, and were seen with a hint of makeup — becoming the surprising fashionistas on campus, on day one.
“We have been posted here to keep a check on ragging and harassment cases. Since we are young, girls feel comfortable talking to us,” said a 26-year-old woman constable on condition of anonymity. An anti-ragging signature campaign was put outside SGTB Khalsa College, where both freshers and senior students could sign. “About three hundred students have signed till now. The idea is to sensitise students to not rag and to report ragging cases, if any,” said a volunteer. Hoardings welcoming freshers were put outside colleges by the students’ union. “No ragging happened in my college. Instead, I made great friends with my seniors,” said Shuchi Khanna, 19, a fresher at Hindu College.