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NUJS bans student from rep’ing college after alleged ragging

NUJS: Dealing with rags
NUJS: Dealing with rags
Exclusive: NUJS Kolkata banned a third-year student from representing the college in external activities this academic year, after a first-year student alleged he was ragged by his senior.

It is understood that the first-year student and his parents had complained in July, just after the start of the academic year, claiming that the senior had pressured the junior into bringing him food and making unnecessary speeches.

On receiving the junior’s complaint, an inquiry was started by NUJS vice chancellor professor Ishwara Bhat and three faculty members. However, in August the junior withdrew his complaint after the senior apologised to him in writing.

The inquiry committee nevertheless continued its investigation of the incident and decided to take exemplary measures against the student, confirmed Bhat.

Bhat commented: “It was not a serious case. Only one student was subjected to this [punishment]. Actually that is the mildest punishment we are prescribing. It is possible to impose a very severe punishment, so many other things could’ve been done but they did it as a kind of positive interaction so we decided this.”

Last month Legally India wrote about the prevalence of ragging, which is often garbed as “positive interaction”, in law schools.

Allegations of an incident of ragging at NUJS were first made in July this year on Legally India’s forums.

Earlier this month NUJS appointed a student counsellor.

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