'Court's decision will help campaign against ragging'

The Himachal Pradesh high court's decision to uphold judgment of the Kangra district courts, convicting four medical students accused of causing death of Aman Kachroo, has come as a shot in the arm for Dr  Rajendra Kachroo, ragging victim's father, who went extraordinary lengths to make anti-ragging a nationwide movement.

Last year, the ragging victim's kin were disheartened when the four ragging accused were freed from jail nine months before the completion of their term.

The four were released from jail after the government granted them remission on Independence Day. The chief minister had announced remission in sentence of prisoners whose conduct had been good during their prison term on Independence Day.

The four named in the ragging to death case - Abhinav Verma, Mukul Sharma, Navin Verma and Ajay Verma - were freed from the jail along with 111 other convicts. The four would have completed their term in March this year.

“When these boys were released prematurely, the government had given an incorrect impression - “Chalta Hai,” Dr Kachroo told the Hindustan Times from New Delhi.

Dr Kachroo, who has been at the forefront of the anti-ragging campaign, welcomed the high court's decision of upholding the conviction of four medical students.

“I am glad that judiciary has now corrected that impression and confirmed that ragging is a serious offence and it will not be dealt with leniently or casually,” he added.

Dr Kachroo, who quit his job as a professor to raise awareness against the menace of ragging, is pleased that the courts across the country are now taking cognisance of raging incidents.

“The magistrate in Delhi ordered the Delhi police to file an FIR against the authorities concerned in the school,” he said, adding that some time ago a judge in the Punjab and Haryana high court converted a writ petition of Dr James against CMC, Ludhiana, into a PIL.”

“These are important landmark decision by judges. They will help our national campaign against ragging,” he said.

After his son Aman's death, Dr Kachroo had set up Aman Satya Kachroo Trust, which has been monitoring the national ragging prevention programme on behalf of the ministry of human resources and UGC since January 2012.

“We have now made much progress and the cases of ragging have significantly decreased,” he said.

He explained that once a student registers a complaint at 18001805522, the call centre gets in contact with the college authorities within 30 minutes. “We also follow up the complaint with the college authorities till the student is satisfied,” he added.

Ragging calls
Year   Number of complaints
2009  345
2010   435
2011  577
2012   375
2013 (till date) 100


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