Turning and turning in the widening gyre; The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the center cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction; while the worst Are full of passionate intensity.-

– Y.B.Yeats

Another victim of ragging died on Sunday night.

Late on Friday night, Ajay, Naveen, Abhinav and Mukul severely assaulted Aman Satya Kachru, a first-year student from Jammu, in the college hostel on the pretext of ragging. On Sunday afternoon, Aman complained of a pain in the chest, and was taken to hospital. He died after a few hours, at 8.30 pm.”

In a complaint lodged with college authorities on Sunday, Aman named all four seniors. He said they were drunk, and had slapped, kicked and punched him.”

Several other first year students were also ragged that night and several have complained in writing to the College authorities.

Just last month the Supreme Court said that a student prima facie found guilty of indulging in such an actwould invite immediate suspension and an educational institution trying to shield such an errant student would lose grants in aid.”

It said criminal law has to be set into motion immediately by informing the police about the incident of ragging and any institution found guilty of shielding the culprit will have to face the consequences.”

It further said that guidelines and regulations should be indicated to the students at the time of admission by appropriate provision in the prospectus. “The consequences which flow from not observing the guidelines shall also be indicated,” the Bench said.

The directions were based on the recommendations of the apex court appointed committee headed by former CBI Director R K Raghavan..

The website of CURECoalition to Uproot Ragging from Education -has compiled disturbing statistics on ragging in Indian educational institutions.

These are the statistics for 2005-2007 as given by CURE.

Deaths due to ragging 11

Suicide Attempts 10

Injury 23

Detrimental effect on Mental Health 12

Victim left College 5

Violence and Indiscipline 10

Many Circulars and guidelines have been issued declaring ragging a violation of Human Rights.

The Central and state governments have passed various laws seeking to curtail ragging.

But nothing seems to stop college students from ragging weaker or new students under the pretext of “having some fun”.

Has the dismal world described by Yeats become a reality in India? Do we think nothing of letting a fellow human being lose his life because we want to “have some fun”? Have we lost all sense of the values that differentiate us from animals?

And now where do we go from here? Further down the slope of lawlessness and depravity, or will we make the effort to somehow find our way back to civilization?