A first year student of Master’s in Computer Applications (MCA) studying at an institute at Bakshi Ka Talab — 30 km from Lucknow — reportedly lost his mental balance after allegedly being subjected to inhuman torture and harassment in the name of ragging at a private hostel in Madiyaon.
The student, Sanjay Pal Singh, was first rushed to a private nursing home on Saturday morning and later admitted to the Psychiatry department in CSMMU. On Monday, he was discharged from the hospital. Doctors treating him said he was suffering from acute psychosis.
Police have registered a case against five persons for allegedly subjecting the student to inhuman torture after his local guardian gave them a written complaint.
Director of the institute D.N. Kakkar told HT that the college does not have a boys’ hostel and Sanjay’s putting up at a private hostel had nothing to do with the college management.
Sanjay’s local guardian complained to the police that his ward was tortured at Anand Villa hostel by some students of Lucknow University, who also stay in the hostel.
Ragging is banned by the Supreme Court but is difficult to enforce in private hostels which are not run or owned by an educational institution, a college administration official said.
Meanwhile, a case of ragging was reported from a university in Sagar, Madhya Pradesh. Vivek Rai, a first-year law student staying in the Dr Hari Singh Gaur Vishwavidyalaya hostel has complained to SP Mohammad Shahid Absar that senior hostel-mates had ragged him by physically assaulting him on September 15.
With Agency inputs