University Grants Commission, in its recent declaration about definition of ragging, stated that any student bullying other students on the basis of religion, gender, ethnicity or economic background would fall under ragging and strict measure would be taken against such students. The definition of ragging has been extended recently and those who would indulge in acts related to bullying on the basis of religion or gender, would be booked under the strict provisions of ragging.
According to the notification issued by the UGC, it stated, “Any act of physical or mental abuse (including bullying and exclusion) targeted at another student (fresher or otherwise) on the ground of color, race, religion, caste, ethnicity, gender (including transgender), sexual orientation, nationality, regional origins, linguistic identity, place of birth, place of residence or economic background now amounts to ragging.”
This would further help new students taking admission in higher education institutes, who have to face immense pressure from their seniors in the form of ragging. Often bullying by the seniors leave a deep scar in the memory of these newly introduced students and they often could not take it in a sporty manner and get emotionally broken. Many of the students are attacked due to their race and ethnicity in the college campuses and need to face constant bullying from peers and seniors.
The new declaration would safeguard their rights and help them get away with the ill-effects of ragging in education institutes. The UGC regulations on curbing the menace of Ragging in Higher Educational Institutions, 2009 has also presented a detail description on what constitutes ragging.