The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered that universities or governing bodies like the University Grants Commission can reduce their grants,or cut it off completely,to colleges and educational institutions found protecting students indulging in ragging.
Underlining that ragging should be dealt with an iron hand,a bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat also authorised colleges to suspend an errant student,if satisfied prime facie about the offence. Hostel facility provided to the student could also be withdrawn,pending final decision. This,the bench,felt was necessary,as delay in taking action in many cases would frustrate the need for taking urgent action.
Ordering all the states and Union Territories to take measures,as recommended by the court-appointed Raghavan Committee,the court also directed the Medical Council of India and Dental Council of India to frame regulations,in consultation with the UGC,which shall be binding on the institutions.
The bench pointed that ragging has now acquired a heinous meaning which indicates any disorderly conduct whether by spoken words or written or by act which can cause a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of a fresher or a junior student.
To deal with ragging,which the court equated with serious abuses of human rights,colleges must have instructions regarding the offence and punishments that could follow.
The Bench gave a clear message that ragging in any form would not be tolerated.