First-year med­i­cal stu­dents forced to ton­sure heads in UP

DNA (Delhi) - - INDIA - DNA Correspondent correspondent@dnain­

Luc­know: De­spite a ban on rag­ging, se­nior med­i­cal stu­dents of the Moti­lal Nehru Med­i­cal Col­lege in Ut­tar Pradesh’s Al­la­habad forced over 100 ju­niors to ton­sure their heads. They also beat up all those who dis­obeyed their or­ders.

The first year fe­male stu­dents were also not spared. They were asked to ap­ply oil in their scalps and sup­port braids while at­tend­ing their classes.

As a part of the rag­ging pro­cees, the first year stu­dents were also or­dered to pay re­spect to sweep­ers and other Class IV em­ploy­ees of the col­lege by bow­ing in front of them. Re­port­edly, those stu­dents who had re­fused to fol­low their se­niors’ or­der, were thrashed. Two of the first year stu­dents were se­verely beaten up by their se­niors when they ob­jected to rag­ging and threat­ened to lodge a com­plaint against them.

“I re­fused to fol­low their or­ders. I was beaten up and not al­lowed to at­tend my classes. They warned us not to re­port the in­ci­dent to the anti-rag­ging cell in the col­lege or the pun­ish­ment would be more se­vere,” said a first year stu­dent, who was one of the stu­dents who were forced to shave off their heads.

“The col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion knows about the whole in­ci­dent but has not ini­ti­ated any ac­tion against se­niors. They are ask­ing us to file a writ­ten com­plaint,” said an­other first year stu­dent.

“They have threat­ened to ruin our ca­reers if we filed any com­plaint to the col­lege au­thor­i­ties,” said a first year fe­male stu­dent.

Iron­i­cally, the col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion had set-up a seven-mem­ber Anti-Rag­ging Cell with the Prin­ci­pal of the col­leges, Dr SP Singh, as one of its mem­bers. They cell is sup­posed to put a check on such in­dic­dents at the cam­pus.

“We have not yet re­ceived any com­plaint of rag­ging from the first year stu­dents. The ad­min­is­tra­tion will cer­tainly ini­ti­ate an ac­tion against se­niors if found guilty,” said Dr Vat­shala Mishra, Act­ing Prin­ci­pal of the med­i­cal col­lege.

First-year stu­dents of Moti­lal Nehru Med­i­cal Col­lege in Al­la­habad, UP

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