New Delhi: Ragging is a crime says the Supreme Court. The apex court has directed educational institutions to register criminal cases against those indulging in ragging activities.
An FIR has to be compulsorily registered in cases of ragging and the local courts must give priority to such cases, ruled the SC. An anti-ragging committee is to be set up in all states. The guidelines follow the recommendations of the Raghavan Committee on ragging and would be implemented from this academic year
A Bench of Justices Arijit Pasayat and S H Kapadia ordered the Central/State governments to forthwith constitute anti-ragging committees /squads to check the menace at the college campuses.
The move comes after the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry decided to take the issue of ragging, which has been of immense concern for both the academic as well as the administrative authorities for long.
Raghavan Committee submitted a voluminous report to the court to immediately implement its various recommendations. The committee also suggests stringent action against the authorities of the educational institutions where incidents of ragging will be reported.
The Committee was constituted by the Centre with the former CBI Director R K Raghavan, on the earlier directions of the Court. The Court had passed the directions following a spate of deaths across the country due to the menace of ragging.