A hateful, puzzling and savages incident has been a common feature in most of the leading institutions. Ragging is a word that has virtually plotted a violent assault in our educational, social and legal spheres of life.
The meaning of ragging is ‘an outburst of organised horseplay, usually in defiance of authority’. The literal meaning to rag is ‘to banter’ to assail or beset with questions chaff horseplay etc. Actually to play rough or practical jokes on somebody and torture even to death in this way is the modern ragging. Modern fanatics, especially in professional colleges, use it as an equivalent of ‘Nabin Baran’ which means a welcome to the newcomers in a very cruel form. It has now become a common academic tradition especially in engineering or technical leading institution such a diabolical proportion has made the good students fear to join such institutions even the guardians are also anxious or afraid of such demonic that may tell upon the tender-aged students.
Ragging has become a social vice nowadays. It has become a part of the college or university campus. The senior boys and girls of the Engineering and Medical Colleges find it a typical pleasure to torment and tease the newcomers or the freshers. They enjoy others being taunted and physically abused. Sometimes the tortures cross all limits of reason and sense and become inhuman.
It goes to the extent of inhuman activities like making fresher naked and gives him or her cigarettes burns, compel the fresher to take alcohol, pour chilled freezing water on his body at wintry night, staring at or kissing a thousand-watt bulb, walking naked along the corridor or walking on the cornice of a hostel building and such other physical and mental tortures. The death news of students of educational institutions due to severe form of ragging has been publicized in the newspaper but to no effect.
Those who are in favour of ragging argue that the ragging is a merely fun or practical joke, a sort of freshers welcome. It is just to make the freshers practical-minded and to make them accustomed to the new environment and get smart. In a word, the main objective is to make the freshers get rid of their shyness and unwillingness to speak or join in activities with others.
There are many students who boast now they withstood ragging. But that is not the right way to tackle the issue. We have heard of many students who have left their study for fear of inhuman physical as well as mental tortures. Many a student has died, several injured and indisposed owing to severe type of ragging. The menace also spills over to school premises, tainting the minds of the young at the formative stage. Strict laws should be enacted and enforced against ragging. It is true, however, that until and unless a total awareness is achieved from all corners against this social crime, no solution is possible.
Indeed, ragging has become a dreadful affair in the institutions of higher learning, especially in professional colleges. It seems to be a survival of medieval barbarism. The press and the electronic media draws our notice to this cruel practice. Even the parliament of our country has taken a serious note of it. It seems that a mere appeal to one’s human sensibilities and verbal criticism cannot cure this disease. It is high time that public opinion strongly asserts itself against it. The government should also pass strict laws to stop ragging and anybody found guilty of indulging in any form of ragging should be severely dealt with. We should have a clear call for the students concerned—”Welcome pleasure, not pain. Quit ragging.”