Himachal High Court CJ launches anti-ragging campaign
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 23:19
Shimla: Himachal Pradesh High Court Chief Justice Kurian Joseph today described ragging as a "crude form" of violence and said violence and police have no place in educational institutions.

Launching a state-level anti-ragging campaign from Himachal Pradesh University campus, notorious for unrest and violence, he said violence in the name of ragging in educational institutions, especially in a peaceful state like Himachal Pradesh known as 'dev bhoomi' was a matter of concern and all efforts should be made to curb the menace.

"Ragging is a rude form of violence," he said and appealed to teachers, parents, students and mediapersons to come forward and play a pro-active role in eradicating this menace and making educational institutions completely "violence-free".

He suggested meetings of different groups in educational institutions to create a violence-free and harmonious atmosphere and called for according top priority to anti- ragging in the agenda.

He also appealed to the teachers to contribute in shaping the future of students by inculcating a sense of discipline and imbibing moral values to make them responsible citizens of tomorrow.

The Chief Justice said the judiciary was playing a proactive role in educating the masses about their responsibilities and duties towards the nation and a free legal helpline had been made available by Himachal State Legal Services Authority to assist the concerned persons in case of ragging.

Education Minister I.D Dhiman said the state government had taken various effective steps like enactment of Himachal Pradesh Prohibition of Ragging Act, 2009 providing for stringent punishment to guilty to stop ragging. This Act had a deterrent effect on unruly elements and produced desirable results, he claimed.

Justice R.B Mishra of Himachal High Court emphasised on the need to curb the ragging "which had crossed all limits and was causing physical and mental torture."

He said that apart from being an offence, ragging was a serious law and order problem and it could be tackled by maintaining self-discipline and living in harmony to maintain violence-free atmosphere in educational institutions.

DS Manhas, Director General of Police, said incidents of ragging were more frequent in professional colleges and said that inspite of stringent anti-ragging law, 164 cases of ragging had been reported in the country resulting in 19 deaths, four suicides and injury to 56 persons.

However, the Himachal Pradesh Prohibition of Ragging Act had helped in curbing this menace to a great extent, he said adding the state police department had started SMS gateway service at headquarters level, which was working round-the- clock.


First Published: Tuesday, August 10, 2010, 23:19

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