‘My death will bring about a change’. And it did.
These were the words of Amman Satya Kachroo, a student of Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Kangra, Himachal Pradesh, in his suicide note. He had ended his life after being traumatized and depressed due to continuous ragging by his seniors. It was his case that made headlines across the media – and made the world look at ragging as a grave issue that needed immediate action. This incident is the beginning of Aman anti ragging movement.
A 19 year old young first year medical student from Jammu, Aman Kachroo was severely beaten up by four of his seniors on the pretext of ragging. After complaining of chest pain, the following day, he was admitted to the hospital where he finally succumbed to his injuries.
Following Kachroo’s death, a religious and cultural organisation called Vishwa Jagriti Mission filed a public interest litigation. The case Vishwa Jagriti Mission versus Central Government through cabinet secretary & others started before the Supreme Court of India. The bench comprising two judges, Justice RC Lohati and Justice Brijesh Kumar, took a remarkable step by constituting a committee headed by Dr RK Raghwan, former director of CBI, to look into the matter and prepare a report. The report was presented before the Supreme Court.
Following the report, the court noted: “Ragging can be stopped by creating awareness amongst students, teachers and parents that it is a reprehensible act which does no good to any one, and by simultaneously generating an atmosphere of discipline by sending a clear message that no act of ragging shall be tolerated and any act of ragging shall not go unnoticed and unpunished.’’
The mandatory guidelines were created by the UGC after this observation by the Supreme Court.
Anti Ragging Helpline number
If you are a victim of ragging or witnessing ragging in your college or institution, feel free to register your complain using the following methods:
National Anti Ragging Help Line (UGC Crisis Hotline)
24x7 Toll Free Number: 1800-180- 5522