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W Bengal to frame new law on ragging

West Bengal’s education minister Bratya Basu said on Monday that the government would come out with legislation to curb the ragging menace.

‘We will control this long standing problem of ragging. Whether it is at the administrative level or the legal system, we will take strong steps. Obviously the legal system will play an important role,’ said Basu. The new law will be in keeping with the UGC rules.

In the last fortnight, two ragging cases have drawn criticism from the minister who has requested those ‘indulging in bullying for fun’ to think about the consequences.

In an outrageous incident, Oindrila Das, a Class V student at the Christ Church School at Dum Dum in North 24 Parganas district,

died a week after she was allegedly locked up inside the school toilet by some of her seniors who demanded money from her as part of ragging.

A day after her death, hundreds of protestors – mostly guardians and locals – ransacked the 131-year-old school and forced principal Helen Sircar to resign. Hours later, she was arrested.

In another incident, two Jadavpur University students were suspended after a second year engineering student complained to the UGC that he was beaten up last month.
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