In 2009, the Supreme Court of India passed a judgement on ragging after which the University Grants Commission (UGC) framed regulations on curbing the menace surrounding ragging in higher educational institutions. In order to ensure that the rules are followed, the UGC sends circulars to universities twice a year and also creates awareness through media campaigning.
Ever since the UGC made these regulations, cases of ragging have gone down significantly. With functional anti-ragging cells, counsellors on campus and seniors who are friendly, instances of ragging have gone down significantly and thereby creating a healthy, safe environment in college campuses.
Ishwari Seth, a second year student of Bhavan’s college adds to this point, “Ragging was seen as a means of mingling or welcoming the junior students, however soon it was turned to something inhuman where juniors were bullied and forced into performing activities that were against their own beliefs. There have been instances of students attempting suicide just to escape the horror of being embarrassed through ragging. My college has a strict no ragging policy which every student religiously follows.”