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Meerut ragging case: Ragging or caste war?

 
Meerut, September 07, 2010, CURE

An incident of ragging rocked the premises of Sir Chotu Ram Engineering College of CCS University late on Sunday night. Kuldeep Singh and Kamlesh Yadav, students of B.Tech second year of the prestigious college affiliated to Chaudhury Charan Singh University, maintained in their complaint that they were thrashed when they denied to obey unjustified and unlawful demands.

In their complaint, they have named four seniors along with their six other unidentified aides. Police admitted of receiving complaint saying that “ action would be initiated after a thorough investigation.’ SP ( City) Prabal Pratap Singh himself looking into the matter said, “ If someone found guilty he won’t be spared.”

Declining the charges, one of the accused Naveen Chaudhry , however, described it a fallout of the ongoing caste rivalry among students, which has been given a drift as an incident of ragging. “Had they been subjected to ragging it would have happened in the previous year. They are just trying to give a hype to the matter to entangle them in a crime case."

CCS campus has witnessed lot of student tussle on caste and regional grounds in the recent past. This incident is also being seen as a consequence of this ongoing caste rivalry.

On the other hand, University administration has denied any such incident and so did the college authorities. DSW, Dr HS Baliyan, expressed ignorance of the occurrence of any such incident. "I have no such information yet." he said.

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                  Our Educational Institutions lay the foundation of our future. They decide the direction of our progress. But there are a lot of problems that may hinder the progress of the students as well as the Institutions as a whole.

               Schools import the social issues from the communities in which they are located, and things like drug abuse and dealing appear to make no distinction between rich and poor schools, with the problem being seen as critical across the educational sector. However, any descent parent and educator would stand for the right of the children to learn in a supportive and threat free environment. Management of schools and Govt. Dept. involved with education bear a primary responsibility for ensuring this. It has been repeatedly shown that even in difficult communities, effective management by principals and staff of social issues have had  major positive effects on students and the learning environment, the school management have to deal with threats from outside the campuses as well as from inside.

                  School security has been in the headlines in recent years due to incidents of high-profile school gun violence and bullying. The news has also reported a resurgence of drug activity on campus especially with new designer drugs. This wave of drugs and violence has brought our school system under intense scrutiny. Critics have found many of our nation’s schools to have abysmal security systems in place to protect our children from harm. Like any other enterprise, it is easy to criticize a system after being viewed under a microscope and when reviewing facts in hindsight.

                 To say that schools have remained relatively safe compared with other social and geographic communities is not to say that current levels of violence and fear in schools are acceptable. Quite the contrary. the prevalence of violent victimizations in schools has more than doubled since 1989:3 percent of youths reported violent victimizations at school then, compared with 8 percent today. And while it is true that most schools are relatively free of violent crime, some schools experience very high rates.

               During the past 10 years, a spate of multiple-victim shooting incidents in school settings has greatly increased and widened public concern about violence in schools. From 1992 to 2001, 35 incidents occurred in which students showed up at their school or at a school-sponsored event and started shooting at their schoolmates and teachers. These incidents, represented most starkly by the incident at Columbine High School in LittletonColorado , left 53 people dead and 144 injured. These shootings contributed to a significant increase in homicide rates for students killed in multiple-victim incidents on school grounds between 1992 and 1999.

                   The security challenges facing the University are not untypical of a campus site. Antisocial and criminal behavior is not uncommon and can take place in the car parks, within teaching buildings or the student union areas, and access to the campus is open to would-be thieves. “As an example of how beneficial the system is, recorded CCTV images led to the detention of some youths who were targeting a school and stealing bicycles from the cycle racks over a period of days in theUS .

                   “We constantly review the system to ensure that we have the best coverage in all the key areas. As a University, changes are often made to how the buildings are used, and new buildings being constructed always necessitate a review of internal and external surveillance. The latest change to the system involved the addition of cameras to extend surveillance to a newly-built student residence.

                    The excuse most often used to explain why security problems exist has been that it is a matter of priority. Unfortunately, schools are often overwhelmed with conflicting priorities and security gets pushed to the bottom of the list. To administrators, schools short on teachers and staff or are without books or proper facilities seem to be a higher priority than solving a few security problems. The crime and discipline data indicates that 90% of the security problems are caused by 10% of the student population and non-students. More than one administrator has commented that school districts won’t expend vast personnel and financial resources for additional security because of only a few troublemakers? Despite this philosophy, when a serious incident does occur, money is usually thrown at the problem hoping for a quick fix to make the problem go away.

                     The excuse most often used to explain why security problems exist has been that it is a matter of priority. Unfortunately, schools are often overwhelmed with conflicting priorities and security gets pushed to the bottom of the list. To administrators, schools short on teachers and staff or are without books or proper facilities seem to be a higher priority than solving a few security problems. The crime and discipline data indicates that 90% of the security problems are caused by 10% of the student population and non-students. More than one administrator has commented that school districts won’t expend vast personnel and financial resources for additional security because of only a few troublemakers? Despite this philosophy, when a serious incident does occur, money is usually thrown at the problem hoping for a quick fix to make the problem go away.

                     The major concerns of our Institutions are related to the issues like ragging, drug abuse, violence, sexual exploitation, thefts and of course terrorism. Ragging has been the basic problem which is responsible for the loss of precious lives every year. Ragging has been banned in most countries including India . But it seems that it is limited up to the Govt. and the officials. And at the ground level, the story is quite different. Every now and then, we come to know that someone was beaten to death or somebody committed suicide as he/she did not bear the humiliation caused due to ragging.

                     Recently two such cases came in the news. New Delhi was shocked by two brutal school ragging cases within one week's time, after one male student was beaten to death by his seniors while a female student attempted suicide after being forced to dance naked by her seniors. Therefore, ragging needs to be practically stopped.Other issues like drug addiction, cigarette smoking and other banned substances continue to ruin the health of our future.

                 Violence that has been evolving in school campuses is responsible for several deaths and casualties every year and the worse thing is that instead of reduction in number, they tend to increase on a regular note.