Playing practical jokes on somebody, steasing someone is how the dictionary defines ragging. But in the Indian context, its meaning is somewhat different, somewhat more inhuman. Ragging is an annual 'tradition' in which the victims are solely the freshmen. The seniors catch hold of them in the colleges and hostels and make them do anything, just anything to satisfy their demands. The poor freshman cannot protest because that would mean ostracism from the entire senior batch and total isolation among his/her batch mates. It may lead to even harsher ragging. No one will ever want to incur the wrath of the seniors who stand united (which is their ONLY strength). A loss of self control in search of fun is the initiator of ragging. It continues on for about a month or so and after that the things are back to normal. This ritual is more of 'tradition' and gets its
strength from the fact that those ragged in the first year see to it that they have their revenge next year when they are in the 'driver's seat.
In 2009, in the wake of Aman Kachroo's death, University Grants Commission (UGC) in India passed UGC REGULATION ON CURBING THE MENACE OF RAGGING IN HIGHER EDUCATIONAL INSTITUTIONS, 2009. These regulations mandate every college responsible to curb the menace of ragging, including strict preventive measures, like lodging freshers in a separate hostel, surprise raids especially at nights by the anti-ragging squad and submission of affidavits by all senior students and their parents taking oath not to indulge in ragging. As defined by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India "Any disorderly conduct whatever by words spoken or written or by an act which has effect of teasing, treating or handling with rudeness any other student, indulging in rowdy or indisciplined activities which causes or is likely to cause annoyance, hardship or psychological harm or to raise fear or apprehension thereof in a fresher or a junior student or asking the students to do any act or perform something which such student will not do in the ordinary course and which has the effect of causing or generating a sense of shame or embarrassment so as to adversely affect the physique or psyche of a fresher or a junior student. The cause of indulging in ragging is deriving a sadistic pleasure or showing off power, authority or superiority by the seniors over their juniors or freshers." We at NLUJAA are committed to the removal of ragging in all forms.