'ZERO' Ragging Policy
Ragging is a practice similar to hazing in educational institutions. The word is mainly used in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Ragging involves existing students baiting or bullying new students. This phenomenon is similar to Fraternities and sororities in North America. It often takes a malignant form wherein the newcomers may be subjected to psychological or physical torture.
As per UGC regulations, it is mandatory for a college to register an F.I.R. with police against the culprits if any violence, physical abuse, sexual harassment, confinement etc. takes place with any fresher. After receiving any such complaint from the Helpline, it becomes the duty of the Head of the institution to register the F.I.R. with police within 24 hours. In 2013, a police case was registered against the Director, Dean and Registrar of a reputed college in Delhi for, among other charges, not informing the police and registering F.I.R. within 24 hours of receiving the ragging complaint.(failing to inform a public authority, IPC 176).