Jaipur, India (PressExposure) April 21, 2009 -- Free flow of wine and alcohol and its consumption in the campus were mainly responsible for increasing incidents of ragging, according to the Supreme Court-appointed R K Raghvan committee.
The committee made the disclosure in its report submitted to the Supreme Court today to check the menace of ragging in educational institutions.
Mr R K Raghvan, former CBI director, has suggested the setting up of centralised help line for the victims of ragging.
According to the committee, immediate steps against the culprits must be ensured to instil a sense of confidence among the freshers.
A bench comprising Justices Arijit Pasayat and Asok Kumar Ganguly fixed April 23 for consideration of the report.
The Union Government also assured the apex court that it was taking all possible steps to ensure safety of freshers in view of the increasing incidents of torture and humiliation of freshers by seniors in the name of ragging.
The apex court has taken serious note of the death of 19-year-old fresher Aman Kachroo in the hostel of Dr Rajinder Prasad Medical College, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh on March 19 due to severe beating and torture by four seniors who were dead drunk at the time of incident and in another case of ragging, a girl student of Agricultural Engineering College in Andhra Pradesh tried to commit suicide after she was subjected to humiliation by five seniors who made her dance naked.
The apex court has ordered suspension of the principal of Aman Kachroo`s college and also ordered suspension of the hostel warden for not taking action on the complaint of the victim against the four seniors.
UGC has also taken serious note of such incidents in the educational institutions and is trying to make a provision to debar forever from admission in any educational institution of a student found guilty of indulging in ragging.
The apex court while accepting the recommendations of Raghvan committee had also directed their immediate implementation.
The apex court had also ordered the implementation of the recommendations of former CEC J M Lingdoh committee on electoral reform in the campus to cleanse the university and colleges from the influence of criminals muscle power and money power.
The Supreme Court may also consider imposing total ban on supply and consumption of liquor in university campus and colleges.