Himachal High Court CJ launches anti-ragging campaign

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.

PTI



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

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