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Violence widens hosteller-day scholar divide

india Updated: Sep 12, 2006 14:58 IST
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VIOLENT INCIDENTS in the recent past – some of which were allegedly passed off as ragging – have further deepened chasm that reportedly exists between the hosteller and day scholar students of the Gandhi Medical College. So much so that the college administration is reportedly seriously contemplating restructuring of the hostel placement pattern and re-introducing bus service for the local students.

Violent incidents during the last one month – which saw claims of ragging by junior students and counter claims of conspiracy by hostellers to frame them by the day scholars – have allegedly led to such a situation in the college that the day scholars of first, second and third year of MBBS are not attending classes since last 15 days.

Six students have been suspended in two separate cases of alleged ragging, while two different FIRs have been lodged by the senior students (day scholars) alleging physical assault by hostellers.

The day scholar senior students have claimed that the juniors are being used to instigate them in a manner that cases of ragging could be made up against them, while actually most of time the senior students themselves are being assaulted. A section of students have already approached the State Human Rights Commission with the issue and have also reportedly petitioned the dean.

The day scholar students have claimed that the hostellers have threatened them with life if they dared enter the college premises after the August 29 incident in which four students of third year reportedly thrashed some juniors.

However these students have in the petition to SHRC and the dean have claimed that they were themselves assaulted while trying to save a junior student from being ragged by hostellers.

These students also filed an FIR at the Koh-e-Fiza Police Station on the next day – August 30 – against a group of hostellers. Not only this, the day scholar students (about 90 of them have signed the petition) have said that they are being forced by the hostellers to follow various rules irrespective of their seniority and that the college administration supports them in this matter.

Giving an example, the students have said that some hostellers of second year assaulted some of the day scholars of same batch near the D-Lake of the College Campus on July 23. The day scholars had lodged a complaint with the Koh-e-Fiza police station, but the police did not file an FIR.

Again on September 7, when a day scholar student of third year was sighted in the college premises, some hostellers allegedly thrashed him – an FIR regarding which was lodged with the Koh-e-Fiza police station the same day.

They have said that they were so frightened that they could not even approach the dean with their problem personally and only the petition had been submitted.

It is learnt that, taking the growing violent divide very seriously, the college administration is contemplating restructuring of the hostel placement system. Sources said that it has been proposed that separate hostel blocks should be allotted to students of first, second, third and final years and no mixing up should be allowed.

Also, the administration is thinking of restarting the bus service from some city points up to the college so that the complaint of the day scholars that they are not allowed to bring in personal vehicles and the threat perception during travel are taken care of. Similarly, the administration is thinking of holding discussion sessions with hostellers and day scholars with the mediation of the college teachers to sort out the differences.

When contacted, dean of GMC Dr M K Saraswat, while denying any direct personal complaint from students regarding the problems faced by day scholars, said that if any student ever complains of any threat and tells him (the dean) that they are frightened to come to college campus, teachers would be sent out to fixed points to fetch the students under their protection. He also said that if some junior student complains even on phone regarding possible ragging – mainly at hostels – team of teachers and wardens would be sent out stealthily to catch the culprits red-handed.

As for the fate of the suspended students, the dean said that the final report of the disciplinary committee and anti-ragging committee was expected on Tuesday following which decision would be taken.