What constitutes Ragging

Any conduct by any student or students whether by words spoken or by an act which has the effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness a fresher or any other student indulging in rowdy or undisciplined activities by any student or students which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship, physical or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in any fresher or any other student asking any student to do any act which such student will not in the ordinary course do and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame, or torment or embarrassment so as to adversely effect the physique or psyche of such fresher or any other student any act by a senior student that prevents, disrupts or disturbs the regular academic activity of any other student or a fresher exploiting the services of a fresher or any other student for completing the academic tasks assigned to an individual or a group of students any act of financial extortion or forceful expenditure burden put on a fresher or any other student by students any act of physical abuse including all variants of it: sexual abuse, homosexual assaults, stripping, forcing obscene, and lewd acts, gestures, causing bodily harm or any other danger to health or person any act or abuse by spoken words, emails, post, public insults which  would also include deriving perverted pleasure, vicarious or sadistic thrill from actively or passively participating in the discomfiture to fresher or any other student any act that affects the mental health and self-confidence of a fresher or any other student with or without an intent to derive a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by a student over any fresher or any other student.

Punishments

i. Suspension from attending classes and academic privileges

ii. Withholding / withdrawing scholarship / fellowship and other benefits

iii. Debarring from appearing in any test / examination or other evaluation process

iv. Withholding results

v. Debarring from representing the institution in any regional, national or international meet, tournament, youth festival, etc.

vi. Suspension / expulsion from the hostel

vii. Cancellation of admission

viii. Rustication from the institution for period ranging from one to four semester

ix. Expulsion from the institution and consequent debarring from admission to any other for a specific period

Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act 1999 which is in effect from 15th May 1999 has the following provisions for Action against Ragging:

a)    Ragging within or outside of any educational institution is prohibited

b)    Whosoever directly or indirectly commits, participates in, abets, or propagates ragging within  or  outside  any  educational  institution  shall,  on  conviction,  be  punished  with imprisonment  for  a  term  up  to  2  years  and  /  or  penalty,  which  may  extend  to  ten thousand rupees.

c) Any student convicted of an offense of ragging shall be dismissed from the educational institution and such student shall not be admitted in any other educational institution for a period of five years from the date of order of such dismissal.

d)  Whenever any student or, as the case may be, the parent or guardian or a teacher of an educational institution complaints, in writing, of ragging to the head of the educational institution,  the  head  of  the  educational  institution  shall,  without  prejudice  to  the foregoing provisions, within seven days of the receipt of the complaint, enquirer into the matter  mentioned  in  the  complaint  and  if,  prima  facie,  it  is  found  true,  suspend  the student who is accused of the offense, and shall, immediately forward the complaint to the police station having jurisdiction over the area in which the educational institution is  situated,  for  further  action.  Where,  on  inquiry  by  the  head  of  the  educational institution, it is found that there is no substance, prima facie, in the complaint received, he/she shall intimate the fact, in writing, to the complainant. The decision of the head of the educational institution shall be final.

e) If  the  head  of  the  educational  institution  fails  or  neglects  to  act  in  the  manner specified in section “d” above when a complaint of ragging is made, such person shall be  deemed  to  have  abetted  the  offense  and  shall,  on  conviction,  be  punished  as provided for in section “b” above.