Ragging in Indian Universities and Colleges
Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education (CURE)
CURE is a non-profit organisation dedicated solely towards the elimination of ragging and promoting more positive ways of interaction among seniors and freshers in Indian universities and colleges CURE www.noragging.com 2
To establish public opinion against ragging To dispel the myths about ragging through research and advocacy To present a platform for every individual who wishes to share his/her opinion against ragging
CURE was started as a discussion forum on Yahoo! in 2001 but soon launched its website to create awareness against ragging. CURE website receives an average of 50-100 hits everyday. CURE has a network of activist in several major cities and colleges across India. CURE has been exclusively engaged in research and advocacy on ragging since past six years.
Featured in several major news channels and newspapers in the country Conceptualized and anchored a show on ragging for Doordarshan
Have participated in several discussion panels and seminars on ragging Annual newsletters are distributed through the network of volunteers CURE website and its research work have been referred by many institutions and individuals CURE has a database of ragging incidents for the last 10 years CURE www.noragging.com 5
A traditional and systematical human rights abuse practiced by seniors upon freshers. Forms of ragging may vary from a healthy and mild Interaction to a severe physical and traumatic mental abuse leading to victims death. Though it was practised all around the world but is now confined mainly to South-Asia. CURE www.noragging.com 6
History of Ragging...
Started in its mild form in the 8th century A.D. during the Olympics in Greece. Later the armed forces of several countries started practicing this ritual. During the 18th century several students organizations were formed in the Europe and the US and started practicing this with the new entrants in their community in its mild form. During the world war I ragging underwent a massive transformation. Students who returned from war and rejoined college brought with them the techniques of severe form of ragging practiced in army camps.
...History of Ragging
Gradually in the 20th century ragging related violence started to escalate in the west. Soon it became a tool to take out revenge between the Blacks and Whites.
Ragging came to India during the British Empire and was practiced mainly in the army and English public schools. Till the early 70’s it remained in its mild form. From 1980 onwards media played a vital role in influencing ragging in India and it gradually became brutal in its form. Rapid mushrooming of private engineering and medical colleges during the 90’s made ragging more rampant and severe. South India became the hub of this activity. In 1997, Tamil Nadu became the first state to bring a legislation against ragging.
Around the World
Ragging is termed with different names in different parts of the world eg. Hazing, fagging, pledging horse-playing, bullying etc. First ragging related death occurred in 1873 in Cornell University in the US. Ragging became a major problem in the west after world war I. It started to decrease in 70’s and 80’s. Strict laws were made and Universities and Colleges devised alternative methods of interaction. Bullying, a milder form of ragging is still being practiced in some schools in the west . It involves teasing of students coming from different backgrounds.
Effects of Ragging
Physical injury through beating, hitting by objects or by forcing to perform dangerous tasks Sexual abuse by forced stripping,...
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