Ragging now includes abuse on the basis of ethnicity, caste, religion, colour, regional background, language and sexual orientation
The new regulations for ragging will now make harassment on the basis of ethnicity or regionalism punishable offences. Students indulging in such practices may face punishments that include suspension and rustication.
The University Grants Commission (UGC) has amended the regulations for ragging. Ragging had earlier been defined as physical or emotional abuse of new students. The regulations now cover emotional, physical and mental harassment on the basis of ethnicity, caste, religion, colour, regional background, language and sexual orientation.
A UGC official stated, “There are plenty of complaints of such harassment on campuses. They range from the use of a particular derogatory word to address students from the north-east to the seemingly innocuous ‘Bihari’ or ‘Bhaiyya’ being disparagingly used for students from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. All these can now be seen as coming under the ambit of ragging and can attract punishment.”