Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday got an anti-ragging law in place,nearly three weeks after the death of Aman Kachroo,a first-year MBBS student at Dr Rajendra Prasad Medical College,following ragging by seniors.
Governor Prabha Rau signed the Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutions (Prohibition of Ragging) Ordinance,2009 proposing total ban on ragging within or outside the premises of educational institutions. The draft Ordinance was approved by the state cabinet on March 20.
Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal said,The government has taken the issue of ragging very seriously and enactment of the Ordinance shows it commitment to wipe out the menace and also bring guilty to the book. The Ordinance will be replaced by an Act when the Assembly meets for its monsoon session.
The Ordinance has made ragging a cognizable and non-bailable offence. Those found guilty will be punished with imprisonment of up to three years,or fine of up to Rs 50,000,or both.
Heads of institutions will be responsible for enforcing the law and any failure on their part will make them liable for the offence.
Any student convicted of an offence under the Ordinance shall be expelled from the educational institution. He will not be eligible for admission in any other educational institution for a period of three years, the Ordinance says.