‘My death will bring about a change’. And it did.

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These were the words of Am­man Satya Kachroo, a stu­dent of Dr Ra­jen­dra Prasad Gov­ern­ment Med­i­cal Col­lege, Kan­gra, Hi­machal Pradesh, in his sui­cide note. He had ended his life af­ter be­ing trau­ma­tised and de­pressed due to con­tin­u­ous rag­ging by his se­niors. It was his case that made head­lines across the me­dia – and made the world look at rag­ging as a grave is­sue that needed im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

Fol­low­ing Kachroo’s death, a re­li­gious and cul­tural or­gan­i­sa­tion called Vishwa Jagriti Mis­sion filed a pub­lic in­ter­est lit­i­ga­tion. The case Vishwa Jagriti Mis­sion ver­sus Cen­tral Gov­ern­ment through cab­i­net sec­re­tary & oth­ers started be­fore the Supreme Court of In­dia. The bench com­pris­ing two judges, Jus­tice RC Lo­hati and Jus­tice Bri­jesh Ku­mar, took a re­mark­able step by con­sti­tut­ing a com­mit­tee headed by Dr RK Ragh­wan, for­mer di­rec­tor of CBI, to look into the mat­ter and pre­pare a re­port. The re­port was pre­sented be­fore the Supreme Court.

Fol­low­ing the re­port, the court noted: “Rag­ging can be stopped by cre­at­ing aware­ness amongst stu­dents, teach­ers and parents that it is a rep­re­hen­si­ble act which does no good to any one, and by si­mul­ta­ne­ously gen­er­at­ing an at­mos­phere of dis­ci­pline by send­ing a clear mes­sage that no act of rag­ging shall be tol­er­ated and any act of rag­ging shall not go un­no­ticed and un­pun­ished.’’

The manda­tory guide­lines were cre­ated by the UGC af­ter this ob­ser­va­tion by the Supreme Court.

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