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Ragging blot on AIIMS

Two senior students of All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences have been expelled from their hostel for two months following a ragging complaint against them, reports Jaya Shroff Bhalla.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2009 01:40 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

Two senior students of All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) have been expelled from their hostel for two months following a ragging complaint against them.

The decision was announced on Tuesday afternoon following a report by two independent committees — jointly headed by AIIMS Director Dr RC Deka.

Last week, the anti-ragging squad of the medical institute had found two seniors ragging three freshers.

It then lodged a complaint with Hostel Superintendent Dr HH Dash. Dr Dash further complained to the Director and the Dean of AIIMS.

This is the third incident of ragging in an educational institute in the Capital this month.

Earlier on August 4, two third-year students of Kirori Mal College of Delhi University were expelled after a first-year student lodged a complaint against them.

The college expelled the two students on grounds of “physically, sexually and mentally” harassing a junior student. They were arrested by the police but later released on bail.

On August 19, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) rusticated its nine MCA students for two years after they were found guilty of ragging their juniors in Sabarmati Hostel.

The university administration also expelled another 10 students from the hostel for a year for abetting the act.

Dr Rani Kumar, dean, AIIMS said, “Two independent committees, one under the dean and the other under hostel superintendent Dr HH Dash, were set up to enquire into the ragging complaint, following which they jointly decided to expel the students from the hostel for two months.”

In an official complaint to Dean Dr R.C. Deka and Professor Rani Kumar, hostel superintendent Dr Dash said the anti-ragging squad — a team of comprising of hostel wardens, junior and senior resident doctors - had found two seniors ragging three freshers.

“We interviewed the juniors at length but they were unwilling to complain against the seniors. So a decision was made following the observations of the anti-ragging squad,” said Dr Kumar.

“We at AIIMS follow zero tolerance on ragging issues.”