THE KERALA PROHIBITION OF RAGGING ACT – 1998: HIGHLIGHTS
For the information of the students and their parents, the prominent parts, from the Kerala Ragging Prohibition Act published in 1998, forbidding ragging in the educational institutions of Kerala are quoted below.
1. By Ragging, it is meant any physical or mental torture or any disorderly conduct towards any student of an educational institution which causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological harm or raising apprehension or fear or shame or embarrassment to that student and includes- teasing, busing and paying practical jokes on, or causing hurt to, such student or asking a student to do any act or perform something which such student will not, in the ordinary course willingly, do.
2. Prohibition of ragging: Ragging is prohibited both inside and outside an educational institution.
3. The punishment for ragging: Any student involved in ragging/persuades others for ragging or advocates ragging/either inside or outside an educational institution shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extent to two years and shall also be liable to a fine which may extent to rupees ten thousand.
4. Dismissal of student: Any student convicted of an offence under section 3 above shall be dismissed from the institution and shall not be admitted to any other institution for a period of three years from the date of order of his/her dismissal.
5. Suspension of student: Whenever a student/parent/guardian or any teacher of the institution forwards a complaint, in writing, of ragging to the head of the institution, he has to make an urgent enquiry into the matter within seven days of the receipt of such a complaint. If the allegation is proved to be correct, the accused must be suspended with immediate effect and the matter must be referred to the police for further proceeding. However, if the complaint is found to be baseless, the complainant must be informed of it in writing.
6. Deemed abetment: If the head of the institution fails or neglects to take an action in the manner described under section 5 above, such person is deemed to have abetted the offence of ragging and is liable to be punished under section 3 above.