Ragging in Kerala college: Student beaten for 3 hours by his seniors


Idukki (Kerala), Sep 7: A first-year student at DC School of Management and Technology has been hospitalised after being allegedly ragged by seniors at the institute. He has sustained severe injuries on his legs, doctors said.

Police have filed a case against five senior students based on the victim’s complaint.

Athul Mohan, who sustained severe injuries on his legs, told NDTV, that he had been forced by his seniors to leave the campus. He was given a rod and a cell phone, and asked not to drop either item while the seniors hit his hand with sticks. The beatings started in earnest once the phone fell from his hand.

“I was beaten for almost three hours,” the 23-year old said.

Ragging is not uncommon in the DC School of Management and Technology. Students revealed that many had faced ragging and were too frightened to leave their hostels.

Mohan, who joined the college on June 22, said to escape ragging, he had lied to the seniors. “I told them that I get the fits. They somehow got to know that was a lie, and they beat me up severely on Wednesday evening,” he added.

The principal of the college, Dr. Shankar Rajeev, claimed that Mohan had admitted that it was an error of judgement on his part and withdrawn his complaint.

The student, however, denies this. The police too confirmed that the complaint stands.

“We have paid money to study, not to be ragged. We have complained to the anti-ragging cell. We are being pressured to withdraw the complaint, but we won’t do so,” another student said.

Ragging has been one of the most troublesome issues in India. It has become more of a norm than an exception in a number of educational institutes across the country, which has led to lives being shattered and young people being rendered helpless. Some develop mental disorders, some choose to end their lives while many others are also murdered by the force of ragging.

In July this year, a first-year MBBS student Komma Harsha Praneeth Reddy (20), allegedly committed suicide by hanging himself in his hostel room in Kurnool’s Government Medical College in Andhra Pradesh.

Reddy’s father had alleged ragging and assault by his seniors, but the college management had refuted the allegations.


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