The senior students have devised many ways of harassing first year students by forbidding them to wear branded clothes and forcing them to go their home unreserved.
Despite the stringent measures adopted by the government and colleges, still ragging continues in many private institutions. Often, the practice crosses the line of mere ragging and takes the form of bullying and even violence.
A first year mechanical engineering student has rightly said that they are not allowed to go to shopping malls and cinemas during the first year. The seniors enforce these rules strictly and ensure that they are put to maximum pain during their initial first year. Also added that the first year students were strictly prohibited from interacting with their classmates, especially of the opposite sex, on campus or outside.
A student from an Engineering College near Old Mahabalipuram Road said that even in cases where bullying crosses the limits of endurance, most students remains silent because they have paid huge capitation and course fees.
One of the student also expresses his helplesness stating that the amount which their family send for their personal use are even sometimes forcefully taken away by their seniors. Noone was allowed to keep any money with themselves after paying the hostel fees.
SS Rao, Registrar of Sathyabhama College said that they were closely monitoring all the colleges. State Higher Education Minister P Palaniappan recently said that the government is considering the feasibility of setting up a state level helpline to take complaints directly from ragging victims, in line with the national desk of the University Grants Commission.
News Reported by AR for Newsvision online newspaper