Eighteen third-and fourth-year students of Seth GS Medical College in Bhoiwada have been arrested for allegedly ragging 10 first-year students at a New Year’s Eve party.
The institute’s 20-member anti-ragging committee, comprising senior doctors and lecturers, recorded statements of the victims and found the 18 accused guilty of making the juniors strip, repeat lewd lines and do some mock sexual acts at their hostel in Naigaon.
“There was no physical assault but the students were ragged. We lodged a police complaint after conducting an inquiry,” said Deputy Dean Dr N.D. Bhonsle.
Vikram Patil, senior inspector of Bhoiwada police station, said they had recorded the statements of the victims and lodged a complaint against the 18 students for wrongful restraint and intentional insult under Sections 341 and 504 of the IPC and Section 4 of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act.
“We have arrested the accused and will produce them in court on Monday and are recording their statements,” said Patil.
Shiv Sena has blamed the film 3 Idiots for the incident. “Ragging happens during the start of the academic year and this has happened six months later, just after the film was released,” said Nana Ambole, Sena corporator from Parel.
Mayor Shraddha Jadhav also visited the college and the hostel. She said: “Take strict action so that it serves as an example to others,” said Jadhav.
Additional Municipal Commissioner Manisha Mhaiskar said there was a proposal to remove the students from the hostel.
“It is a very serious matter. The committee will decide on the quantum of punishment. We can expunge them, remove them from the hostel or lodge a police complaint,” said KEM Dean Dr Sanjay Oak.
Sources said the matter came to light after a first year student, who walked in on the ragging alerted his father, a police officer. Undergraduate medical students said ragging was routine for students pursuing MBBS degrees.
“It is not a big deal. All of us have been ragged,” said a resident doctor.