In what could be a powerful deterrent to ragging, Kirori Mal College, a North Campus college under Delhi University, on Monday expelled two students for allegedly ragging a junior in the hostel.
The two accused — Akshay Chaudhary of Computer Science and Mohammad Honey of Physical Science — are both third year students. Both were arrested later in the day after an FIR was lodged against them at Maurice Nagar Police Station.
The college authorities learnt about the incident first on Sunday evening when Ashutosh Kumar, a first year student of Physical Science, complained to the hostel warden.
According to Hostel Warden K.A. Singh, Kumar was called to Room Number 64 of the hostel on Sunday afternoon and subjected to mental and sexual harassment.
The anti-ragging and disciplinary committee met on Monday morning and decided to expel Honey and Chaudhary.
Another student, who allegedly sent Kumar to the room and whose identity was not disclosed, was suspended.
Honey and Chaudhary pleaded innocence and accused the principal of not hearing their side of the story.
“The warden and I were convinced that these two boys had the audacity to rag a junior despite all our efforts to curb this menace. This will serve as a precedent for all others who think we are not serious about carrying out the Supreme Court orders,” said Bhim Sen Singh, principal, Kirori Mal College.
“An informal introduction has been misconstrued as an act of ragging. The college has not even bothered to listen to our side of the story,” said Honey.
The Supreme Court, earlier this year, had taken a strong note of educational institutions not being able to curb ragging after the death of a medical student, Aman Kachroo, at a medical college in Tanda in Himachal Pradesh this year.
The court ordered immediate expulsion of students on being found guilty, which is mandatory for all institutions.
The victim, Singh said, is traumatised and did not appear before the committee on Monday. “He is disturbed and shocked after the incident. I tried to counsel him to boost his morale. He has shifted out of the hostel and is staying with his local guardian,” said Singh.