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Provide psychiatric help to curb ragging: SC

india Updated: May 08, 2009 18:23 IST

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The Supreme Court on Friday directed all state governments to constitute committees to look into the incidents of ragging and curb the menace.

Passing a slew of directions to eradicate the menace from educational institutions across the country, a Bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat said every college should have a psychiatrist to provide counsel to the students.

In cases of alcoholism, educational institutions will have to take measures for de-addiction.

The apex court had on April 23 reserved its order on framing of further guidelines to curb the menace of ragging, and accepted the recommendation of the two-member panel that "active de-addictive measures should be introduced for college students if they are found to be indulging in these (alcoholism and violent) activities".

A high-level committee had probed the incident of ragging leading to the death of Amann Satya Kachroo, a first year MBBS student of Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC), Tanda in Kangra District in March.

The Bench had termed as "shocking" the findings of the panel that alcoholism was the main reason leading to serious form of ragging and violence in the campus, which was evident in Amann's case.

The high-level committee had said alcoholism in the campus, failure of college to constitute anti-ragging squad and implement recommendations of Raghavan Committee, and "irresponsible" role of MCI, the regulatory body for medical colleges, were some of the reasons which culminated in the death of Amann due to ragging.

All the state governments will give an undertaking to the court about the steps taken by them in accordance with the apex court directions to prevent incidents of ragging in educational institutions.