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Ragging complaints on the rise in Tamil Nadu colleges: NGO
Despite the anti-ragging movement and the order of the Supreme Court to college managements to strictly adhere to the recommendations of the anti-ragging helpline run by NGO Aman Movement, ragging continues to be a major concern in educational institutions across India.
There were 25 ragging complaints registered in Tamil Nadu in 2015. What is more worrying about these complaints is that the students turn to the helpline only when college authorities fail to act on their grievances. “In most of the complaints on the helpline, they say that their repeated attempts to get justice from the college management had failed. We register their complaints and forward them to the higher authorities, including the college management. It is mandatory for them to act upon our report,” an official attached to Aman Movement’ told DT Next . Surprisingly in Tamil Nadu, only boys have registered complaints with the helpline. Sources say that it does not indicate that girls are not victims. “Girl students are scared of taking up the complaint and are generally discouraged by their parents, fearing further problems,” a college professor said.
As per the data available with Aman, only 19 girls had called up the helpline to register their complaints between 2009 and 2015 as against 157 boys.
Though Aman Movement, which proposes to have a technological platform for eradicating ragging in the country, has been approved by bodies like UGC and the Raghavan Committee and the Supreme Court has directed the union government to execute the plans developed by Aman Movement mandatorily, many college managements are yet to comply. “The biggest hurdle is the non-cooperation by educational institutions. Even when such inaction is flagged to authorities like UGC, AICTE and Medical Council of India, they ignore our reports,” Aman official lamented.
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