Human Rights Commission issues notice to Kerala Govt. over nursing student ragging

Saturday, Jun 25, 2016,12:13 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Taking cognizance of media reports about the alleged ragging of a first-year Malayali Dalit girl student in Karnataka, the National Human Rights Commission has asked the Kerala state government and Kozhikode district authorities to file a report on the incident and action taken.

The nursing student, Ashwati, was reportedly forced to drink toilet-cleaning liquid by her seniors at Al Qamar College of Nursing at Gulberga on May 9. The girl is now battling for life at the Government Medical College, Kozhikode, after the incident caused severe damage to her internal organs. The Commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Karnataka, as well as the District Collector and the Superintendent of Police of Kozhikode calling for reports on action taken in the matter within four weeks, an NHRC statement said.

The rights body also observed that ragging has been banned in educational institutions and guidelines on recommendations of the Raghavan Committee to curb ragging have been issued in this regard.

The apex court has also referred to ragging as an ugly scar, which is required to be obliterated from the face of educational institutions. The college authorities are legally bound and responsible to ensure protection of students from the menace of ragging, the Commission stated. Five students of the nursing college have been booked in connection with the case.