The first few days in college can be both exciting and intimidating, courtesy ragging. HT City asked some people about their views on the recent ruling against ragging offenders.
Dipika Chatterjee, reader, Gargi College: The ruling can't ensure that ragging won't happen anymore. We need better sensitisation of the students by college authorities and family members. They should know that ragging is meant for introduction and not to hurt anyone. You can't expect cops to be standing in every nook and corner of the college. The authorities have to be more vigilant.
Dheeraj Chawla, fresher: I don't think this ruling would stop my seniors from ragging me. But I'd appreciate if it's just limited to harmless things and doesn't get nasty.
Anshuman Sharma, final-year medical student: A deterrent for all those planning to rag? Not really. How would they come to know about whatever happens inside the hostel rooms or outside the college premises? Those who want to do it will do it anyway. I've some really wacky ideas but I won't disclose them now.
Surbhi Sachdeva, second-year literature student: I'm sure I'll rag my juniors. Reason: We felt disconnected from our seniors when we weren't ragged. We need their help for a lot of things but can't think of going to them. I don't want my juniors to feel the same.
Kirti Khanna, management student: No doubt, we've to be very careful this year but it doesn't mean end of masti. We need to understand the psyche of the other person before doing anything. We need to know the difference between having fun and hurting someone's sentiments. Among my harmless ways of ragging are eating up a cake in seconds or asking the juniors to dress up in a similar manner for many days. Oh man, there's no dearth of ideas!