India Says No to “Ragging”

December 28, 2011

Unlocking Word Meanings
Read the following words/expressions found in today’s article.
1. rampant (adj.) [ram-puhnt] – occurring frequently or widely
Example: Rampant distribution of pirated films is a big problem for the movie industry.

2. anonymously (adv.) [uh-non-uh-muhs-lee] – in a manner of having an unknown name or identity
Example: The respondents can protect their identity by answering the survey anonymously.
3. shear (v.) – [sheer] to remove by cutting or clipping
Example: A sheep’s wool is sheared to make winter coats.

4. dedicate (v.) – [ded-i-keyt]  to commit in a specific thought or action
Example: The student dedicated all his time to studying so that he can succeed in his career.

5. halt (v.) – [hawlt] to cause to stop something from continuing

Read the text below.

To end the rampant ragging in the colleges of India, members of a family victimized by the violent form of bullying have dedicated their lives to fighting it.

Ragging, a form of bullying or hazing usually done by seniors on freshmen, took the life of Rajenda Kachroo’s 19-year-old son, Aman, a first-year student in one of India’s prestigious medical schools. Over the years, ragging has led to numerous similar cases of student deaths, suicides, and even insanity.

Rajenda and his wife, Priya, were clueless about their son being ragged in school, until their son came home one day with his hair sheared off. He eventually admitted to being ragged, but assured his parents that the bullying would soon end.

True to Aman’s words, the bullying did soon end when he and his roommates were woken up one night by a group of seniors asking them to stand in a line. The seniors then beat up Aman and his friends. Aman died that night from head injury.

Because of this tragic incident, Rajenda decided to dedicate his life to stopping ragging in schools. He and his wife established an anti-ragging helpline where students can anonymously report incidents of ragging.

This is just one part of Rajenda’s contribution in halting cases of ragging. He said he will continue to fight and will not stop until the calls for help also stop.

For the last two years, the helpline has received about 250, 000 calls, with 850 serious complaints about ragging. 

Viewpoint Discussion
Enjoy a discussion with your tutor.
Discussion A

·         What do you think school authorities can do to stop or prevent bullying from happening?
·         Who else do you think is responsible for handling issues of bullying?

Discussion B

·         If you were to come up with a punishment for bullying, what would it be?
·         Are you aware of any laws in your country related to bullying?

December 28, 2011