Himachal anti-ragging law soon,says Dhumal

Finally,Himachal Pradesh is going to have a law to deal with ragging in educational institutions.

Written by Ashwani Sharma | Shimla | Published: March 14, 2009 11:01 pm

Finally,Himachal Pradesh is going to have a law to deal with ragging in educational institutions. “Our Home Department has done quite an elaborate exercise on the issue. The draft will be sent to the Law Department for approval. Hopefully,by next week,we will have a new law — basically,an ordinance — in place. Later,it will be passed by the Assembly during the monsoon session,” Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told The Indian Express.

The CM reaffirmed his commitment to bringing all those guilty in the Aman Kachroo case to book. “I have given my word to the family of the boy,assuring to do full justice in the case,” he said.

Rohit Dhar,uncle of Aman,said: “If the Government comes out with a new law,maybe an ordinance,we will ask the police to name the college principal and the ENT doctor,who had examined the boy,in the FIR. They should have been arrested by now.”

In fact,the 1992 ordinance,promulgated by the state’s then chief minister Shanta Kumar,has stringent provisions which also make heads of the institutions accountable for their culpability. Unfortunately,the ordinance was neither revalidated by the Government nor replaced by a legislative enactment in the past 17 years. “Had the ordinance been made into a law by any of the successive governments,a valuable life could have been saved,” said Radha Raman Shastri,who was education minister in the Shanta Kumar government.

Besides the provisions which the 1992 ordinance — Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutions (Prohibition of Ragging) Ordinance — contained,the law will cover most recommendations of the Raghavan committee and guidelines given by the Supreme Court.

Asked if the law would have retrospective effect to include the FIR in Aman’s case,state law secretary P C Dogra said,“No law can have a retrospective effect. But once it comes into force,it can be applied with immediate effect.”

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