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Antiragging website to be setup by Centre ordered Supreme Court

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To curb the menace of ragging, Centre has decided to setup an anti-ragging helpline in the form of a website for harassed freshers within a week's time. Additional Solicitor General (ASG), Gopal Subramaniam stated this in the Supreme Court on April 20 as the Raghavan anti-ragging committee's report on Kachroo's death was presented. Amann who intimated his parents regularly regarding the trauma he is going through in the hostel had insisted his parents not to take any steps in this matter with the hostel authorities as it may aggravate the situation more. The committee's report said, 'This apprehension on the part of Amann led to his untimely tragic death.' Two more incidents of ragging – one in Goa and the other at Coimbatore where attempts were made to spike the eyes of the fresher have also been referred to the Raghavan committee for inquiry.

An anguished bench ordered the Himachal State Government to respond to the report and suggestions of the ASG within two days. The matter has been further postponed for its next hearing on April 23. No matter whatever may be the response of the BJP government under Prem Kumar Dhumal, the Raghavan report acted as a revelation to many about the atrocities freshers encounter in the medical colleges across India. The report even criticized the MCI for not taking appropriate steps to enforce implementation of anti-ragging measures in medical colleges. In the Amann incident, MCI rather acted irresponsibly by handing over the anti-ragging guidelines to the Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College, Tanda, 'after the demise of Amann Kachroo over the phone,' said the report.

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