Ragging - is a crime
Ragging is the term used for the so-called "initiation ritual" practiced in higher education institutions in South Asian countries. The practice is similar to hazing in North America, bizutage in France, praxe in Portugal and other similar practices in educational institutions across the world.
Ragging involves abuse, humiliation or harassment of new entrants or junior students by the senior students. It often takes a malignant form wherein the newcomers may be subjected to psychological or physical torture.
In 2009 the University Grants Commission of India imposed regulations upon Indian universities to help curb ragging, and launched a toll-free 'anti-ragging helpline'.
Ragging is a criminal offence.
The ragging is defined as below :
“Causing, inducing, compelling or forcing a student, Whether by way of practical joke or otherwise, to do any act which detracts from human dignity or violates his / her person or exposes him/her to ridicule from doing any lawful act. By intimidating, wrongfully restraining, wrongfully confining, or injuring him or by using criminal force on him/her or by holding out to him/her any threat of intimidation, wrongful confinement, injury or the use of criminal force”.
Ragging in all its forms is totally banned in Apex University including in its departments, constituent units, all its premises (academic, residential, sports, cafeteria etc) whether located within the campus or outside and in all means of transportation of students whether public or private.
The university will take strict action including but not limited to criminal proceeding and/or cancellation of admission against those found guilty of ragging and/or of abetting ragging and the burden of proof shall hereby lie on the perpetrator of alleged ragging and not on the victim.
An offence of Ragging may be charged either on a written complaint by the affected or on independent finding of the Anti Ragging Squad.
The Vigilence Team of Apex University works very hard to achive Ragging Free Campus status.