As Delhi University gets set for a new batch of fuchchas, the message in the campus is clear: ‘No to ragging.’
On Sunday, the four accused arrested in connection with the ragging of MBBS student Aman Kachroo were granted bail, which has led to nationwide anger and concern among the student fraternity.
To help freshers feel safe, the Delhi University Students Union (DUSU) has formed an anti-ragging cell. Kriti Wadhera, Vice President, DUSU, says, “We have an anti-ragging committee for all campuses. Each committee has 8-9 students, whose phone numbers are on college notice boards, so that students can call any time.”
Other forums, too, are being used to combat ragging. While online groups such as Coalition to Uproot Ragging from India and the NGO Society Against Violence in Education (SAVE) have cropped up to help freshers, on Facebook, the group ‘Justice for Aman Kachroo’, which has thousands of members, is scouting for volunteers fight the menace.
“We urge students during the orientation program to approach us for help if they are ragged,” says Sonia Sapra, a member of anti-ragging cell of Bhagat Singh College.
“We were made to sign an affidavit by the college, stating that we won’t indulge in ragging,” Neha Sharma, a second year student of Sri Venkateswara College. “Although I won’t rag, a friendly interactive session is a must to break the ice,” feels Anu Butani, a third year student of Miranda House College.
Freshers, too, are feeling reassured. “The authorities are taking all precautions and I guess we’re safe,” says Sudhanshu Yadav, a fresher from ARSD college.