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Ragging whip on medical students

The Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College administration in Bhagalpur has imposed Rs 25,000 fine each on 33 second-year students for ragging their juniors.

By Gautam Sarkar in Bhagalpur
  • Published 13.11.17
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Bhagalpur: The Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College administration in Bhagalpur has imposed Rs 25,000 fine each on 33 second-year students for ragging their juniors.

First-year students of the medical college in the east Bihar town, around 270km east of Patna, complained to the principal on November 1. In the letter, they accused the senior students of ragging. Video clips also surfaced on social media.

The medical college assigned its anti-ragging committee the responsibility of verifying the allegations the day it received the complaint.

Principal Dr Arjun Singh imposed a fine of Rs 8.25 lakh on 33 students of the 2016 batch for ragging 2017-batch students recently - each of the seniors will have to pay Rs 25,000 as penalty for their actions.

"The decision to impose the fine was taken at a meeting on Saturday according to the guidelines of the All India Council of Technical Education and directives of the Supreme Court against ragging incidents in institutions," Dr Singh told journalists.

One of the committee members said they met the first-year students on November 8 and the accused on November 10. Most of the second-year students at first denied involvement. But when the committee showed them video clips collected from social media, the students admitted to have harassed their juniors. The committee also spoke to the driver and conductor of the bus in which the seniors allegedly took the students to the medical college hostel.

The committee submitted its report to Dr Singh, confirming the incident. The students would not be allowed to attend class if they don't pay the fine and the amount collected will be deposited in the students' welfare fund of the college.

The college management would also make the state government and Medical Council of India aware about the developments.

Students welcomed the decision taken by the college administration. "We hope the action taken against the senior students will curb ragging incidents not only on this campus but also for other educational institutions," said a first-year student.