The academia on Tuesday welcomed the Supreme Court guidelines to check ragging in colleges, but had a word of caution on the provision of initiating criminal proceedings against the perpetrators, saying it could be used to settle personal scores on the campus.
The directions have been widely applauded as a necessary step to weed out the menace of ragging but most feel that the execution of the provisions needs much care.
"It was much needed. But a deterrent cannot be at the cost of one's career, any harsh action to an offender without defining the act of ragging could prove counter-productive," said Prof Anil Kumar of the Shri Ram College of Commerce.
Accepting most of the recommendations of the Raghavan Committee, the apex court had issued a slew of directives to check ragging on campuses across the country.
"There is a possibility of personal scores being settled against the seniors via the act if the provisions are not implemented with utmost care," said Sidharth Mishra, Chairman, Governing Body of Maharaja Agrasen College.
Student's bodies have stressed that the college administration needs to ensure minimal external interference, like that of the police, for healthy functioning of the campus. "We have always stood for harsh punishments for the perpetrators of ragging. It is no doubt a crime. But, on this pretext, there are chances of the police entering the campus," said Arun Kumar, President, Students' Federation of India.
"It should be left to the campus community whether to call in the police or not. The Committee recommendations are definitely a step towards democratisation of campuses," he said.