21 stu­dents sus­pended in haz­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - WORLD - By XIN­HUA in New Delhi

A state-run med­i­cal col­lege in the south­ern In­dian state of Ker­ala has sus­pended 21 stu­dents, fol­low­ing al­le­ga­tions of haz­ing.

“The mass sus­pen­sion came af­ter a num­ber of ju­nior stu­dents and fresh­men com­plained to the col­lege au­thor­i­ties that they were made to wash toi­lets and drink pol­luted wa­ter as part of haz­ing by the se­nior stu­dents,” a se­nior of­fi­cial said on Wed­nes­day.

The col­lege has also ini­ti­ated a probe into the al­le­ga­tions by set­ting up an in­ter­nal panel led by two pro­fes­sors, the of­fi­cial said, adding that it will sub­mit its re­port to the anti-haz­ing com­mit­tee that will take a fi­nal call on the se­ri­ous­ness of the com­plaints.

The sus­pen­sion of 21 stu­dents came barely two days af­ter about nine stu­dents of an­other state-run polytech­nic col­lege at Kot­tayam in Ker­ala were ac­cused of haz­ing ju­niors, in which a stu­dent even suf­fered kid­ney fail­ure and is cur­rently ad­mit­ted to a lo­cal hos­pi­tal.

Po­lice have ar­rested six of the ac­cused stu­dents, while the oth­ers are still ab­scond­ing. “Ef­forts are on to nab all of them”, a se­nior po­lice of­fi­cial said.

In­dia’s Supreme Court anti-rag­ging guide­lines clearly state that the hos­tels of fresh­men and ju­nior stu­dents must be care­fully guarded by a war­den. More­over, the en­try of seniors and out­siders shall be re­stricted af­ter dark to pre­vent such types of in­ci­dents.

De­spite Supreme Court’s strict guide­lines, haz­ing still takes place in many col­leges across the coun­try and as a re­sult of which sev­eral ju­nior stu­dents are of­ten forced to quit stud­ies.

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