The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) Thursday issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government and police over an incident of “ragging” reported at DPS Noida and asked authorities to submit reports related to the case within four weeks.
On Tuesday night, two Class XI students of DPS Noida were admitted to Kailash Hospital with injuries on their limbs and torso. While the two students were discharged Wednesday evening, hospital authorities maintained that they had “blunt injury marks which could have been sustained due to sticks or rods.”
The students’ families had alleged that the two were ragged and beaten up by Class XII students while they were returning to their rooms after dinner.
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In a statement, the NHRC said that it had taken “suo moto cognizance of media reports”.
“Observing that the incident raises issue of serious violation of right to life and dignity of the young students, the commission has issued notices to the chief secretary, government of Uttar Pradesh, district magistrate and senior superintendent of police, Gautam Budh Nagar, calling for reports within four weeks,” it said. Pointing out that ragging has been banned in educational institutions, the NHRC said “certain guidelines on the recommendations of the Raghvan Committee have been issued in this regard”.
“The apex court, while deciding the Civil Appeal No. 887 of 2009, has also referred to ragging as an ugly scar, which is required to be obliterated from the face of educational institutions. The school authorities are legally bound and responsible to ensure protection of students from the menace of ragging,” said the Commission.
It stated that one of the two victims had “suffered at the hands of his seniors in the name of ragging”. “However, the school management, after giving him first aid, had asked him to stay at home for a few days. Even after the May 8, 2016, incident, the school management first tried to persuade the parents of the victims not to file a report with police,” said NHRC.
While the father of one of the boys alleged that school authorities had tried to cover up the entire episode, DPS Noida has suspended the students accused of ragging. An FIR against six students and 12 others had been registered at Noida Sector 20 police station.