Mumbai: 13 seniors booked for ragging homeo student
MUMBAI: A 23-year-old homeopathy doctor pursuing a postgraduate degree from a Palghar medical college accused 13 seniors of ragging her during an unofficial ‘introductory session’ that began on Thursday night and went on till early on Friday. The Rural Homeopathic Hospital (RHH), run by Dr M L Dhawale Memorial Trust, on Boisar Road had announced a freshers’ party on Sunday for the 32 first-year Doctor of Medicine in Homeopathy (MD) course students. The college seniors are believed to have gathered the freshers for an informal introductory session on Thursday night to discuss the Sunday programme. The session got out of control when 13 seniors, including three doctors, allegedly ragged one of the students. The Palghar police filed a case under section 4 of the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act against the 13 accused. The college cancelled the party scheduled for Sunday and initiated an internal inquiry into the allegations. The victim, a homeopathy doctor from Nashik, returned home as she was shaken by the incident and did not wish to stay in the hostel. Her father came to the college after learning about the incident. Seniors ridiculed my language skills: Medico The victim is enrolled in the three-year postgraduate course and had moved into the hostel on Monday. She was sharing the room with another fresher. The freshers were informed about Sunday’s party and asked to present acts or plays for it. In her police complaint, the victim stated that on Thursday, a few doctors and senior medical students approached the new entrants and asked them come for a meeting to plan Sunday’s events. She said the meeting began at 10pm on Thursday and turned into a session to rag the newcomers. She alleged that the seniors ridiculed her and made fun of her language skills. She said the ‘mental torture’ went on till around 2am on Friday, after which she returned to her hostel. She narrated the incident to her elder sister, a PhD student in Delhi, who advised her to file a police complaint. College director Anand Kapse said a strict anti-ragging policy was in place and no such incidents would be tolerated. He said an internal probe had been initiated and action would be taken against those found guilty. Kapse added that the student could have approached the anti-ragging committee set up by the college first . The 20-year-old institution has advertised its ‘no ragging policy’ on its website and campus. Students are encouraged to report any form of ragging experienced by them or any other student. Police said they were questioning the 31 other freshers who were present when the alleged ragging took place. So far no other student had come forward with a complaint. They said that they will ask the victim to name and identify the seniors who committed the act and also obtain CCTV footage from the college for further investigation.