It’s a first in Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) 40-year-old history and has left its fraternity shocked.
Four senior students from the School of Computer and System Sciences were caught ragging their juniors in a room (No 43) of Sabarmati hostel on Wednesday afternoon.
The incident, which taints JNU’s record of not having reported any such case since its establishment, prompted the administration to take preliminary action on Thursday against the four Master of Computer Application (MCA) students by expelling them from the hostel.
The report of the ragging committee has been forwarded to the Chief Proctor for a final decision on the disciplinary action to be taken against the accused.
The surprise check by the anti-ragging squad at Sabarmati—one of the 15 hostels at JNU—on Wednesday was prompted by a tip off from an MCA fresher named Balbir Chand, resident of Tapti Hostel.
“He had approached us to complain about ragging by his seniors,” said Ramadhikari Kumar, Rector (student affairs), JNU.
“While we were talking to him, he received a call from one of his seniors asking him to immediately come over to Sabarmati.”
In a bid to catch the seniors red-handed, Chand was asked to play along and go to the hostel. The anti-ragging squad followed soon after.
“When the teachers walked into the room, they found the juniors sitting with their heads bowed,” he added.
“We are all shocked and sad. We were so proud of our record. But we will do whatever necessary to ensure this the first and last time this happens.”
The administration has also initiated an inquiry against another four MCA students, who Chand had first complained about on Wednesday.
According to Chand, he and his friends were being ragged for the last ten days.
Kumar said the seniors had been calling juniors over to different hostels every day during the last one week, so they were not caught.
“A showcause notice will be issued to the other four. However, an FIR will be lodged against all (third and fifth semester students), including those caught and those accused by Chand,” added Kumar.