Apropos of the editorial Frights of passage (May 18), making ragging a criminal offence is too harsh. The court’s guidelines could be issued to control it, but a blanket ban is not the right decision. Freshers must be bold enough to tell their seniors that they may face action from the authorities if such incidents are reported.
It is good news that the Supreme Court finally acknowledged how freshers face inhuman treatment at the hands of seniors. Due to the incessant harassment, many students opt to dropout. The court has recommended a slew of deterrent measures to deal with the menace. But that will not be enough unless they are taught about human values and cultures. Working towards a permanent solution, value-oriented education is far more effective to turn a beast into a human than a rash of legislation.
It is heartening to learn that at last a witness has had the courage to tell truth in the high-profile BMW accident that killed pavement dwellers. Hopefully, in the future, too, others will remember this case and have the guts to speak up so that victims can secure justice.
Jumping the gun
With reference to the report Court sends OBC quota case to a larger bench (May 18), it is discouraging that some private institutions in western India have started reservations for OBCs in higher education from this year itself. This comes at a time when the matter is still in the court. Even if the institutes have the right to do so, the move shows disrespect for the judiciary.
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