Forcing freshers into group sex and night-long physical abuse are the most horrendous, but common, forms of ragging in Indian educational institutions, according to a report submitted by the NGO Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE) to the Planning Commission on Monday.
Incidents of gangrape of a first year student in Kerala, a girl being forced into group sex in Bengal and the piercing of the hand of a student in Agartala left Planning Commission members B.L. Mungekar and Sayeeda Hameed flabbergasted. “I cannot imagine such an uncivilised attitude is allowed in our educational institutions,” Mungekar, member education, said after the presentation.
Mungerkar said the reservation system in educational institutions was also responsible for stoking cruelty among students. In some medical colleges, students belonging to upper castes abused those who got through under the quota system introduced in the last academic year, the report said.