Medical Education

Seniors and Ragging

Dr. Sindhu

Behind the excuse of  ‘inviting’ freshmen  to school, ragging, in fact, is a famous practice wherein the senior students get a chance to trouble their juniors, and usually, make them obvious objectives to satisfy their own unreasonable vicious joys.

In simple words, ragging implies pulling practical jokes on someone. The Honorable Supreme Court of India has given more extensive meaning of ragging as under:

“Ragging is any disorderly conduct, whether by words spoken or written, or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any student, indulging in rowdy or indisciplined activities which cause or are likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the psyche of a fresher or a junior student.”

Though ragging was intended to be harmless, it has become a form of serious bullying and needs to stop! Despite the laws in place, ragging still continues.

Why Does Ragging Happen?

Ragging at first started as a guiltless custom to get new students familiar with one another, yet has progressively become a technique by which anti-social components of the organization declare their strength on the grounds.

  • Considered a form of entertainment

The seniors who have remained for a longer time in the school campus have an exceptional feeling of predominance. This causes them to feel that they have the ability to trouble somebody who is junior and substandard compared to them.  For the seniors, the practical jokes and tease stay a type of amusement.

  • Victims

As considered by specialists,  passing of your emotions and experiences on to someone else. 

The seniors in their initial years now and again experience severe types of ragging and provocation by the then seniors. This has an effect that it is an obligatory show to do likewise with their youngsters too.

  • No strict rules and regulations

Once in a while, the ragging society is strong in certain universities as a result of the staff not engaging in the issue appropriately and not understanding the gravity of the circumstance. 

The student board additionally stays detached from such issues and there are no tough actions taken.

After Effects of Ragging

  • The survivors of ragging experience the most extreme types of depression, detachment, crippling and numerous different types of negative impacts on the character. 
  • In outrageous cases, the casualty can even end in suicide because of psychological pressing factors. 
  • The whole learning climate is destroyed. 
  • The free and liberal atmosphere in learning will in general disappear in such universities or foundations.

Ways to Prevent/Stop Ragging

Some essential measures that a school or a college can execute to prevent/stop ragging from its roots are:


Numerous times, students can’t speak out their experience to their parents. But, they can open up about their sufferings to an advising cell. The cell can likewise encourage students to be sympathetic towards youngsters and freshmen.

  • CCTV Usage

Every single corner of the school should be under surveillance to keep caution of harmful exercises on the grounds. At the point when a senior realizes that he is being caught on CCTV film, it makes it hard for him to rag a junior.

  • Associations among seniors and juniors 

Advancing solid associations among seniors and youngsters can establish a positive atmosphere. Schools and colleges can have different exercises which help understudies to loosen things up. 

  • Punishments

Ragging happens when the offender realizes he can’t be punished. Until or except if the Anti-Ragging law is completely forced, such cases will continue.

  • Anti-Ragging Squad on grounds 

A group of students, and educators, can be framed in the school to battle the evil of ragging. The group ought to be agent in nature comprising of students from all foundations, grades, classes, and genders.

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