Kalaburgi : Three senior students of a nursing college in Kalaburgi, Karanataka were arrested on Friday in connection with the alleged ragging of a first year Dalit girl student from Kerala. The three students Lakshmi and Athira, third semester students, and Krishnapriya of final year were formally arrested after lengthy questioning by a team of police officers.
The seniors allegedly forced the victim to consume toilet cleaner at the hostel of Al Qamal College of Nursing on 9 May. Nineteen-year-old Aswathi is now battling for life at Kozhikode Medical College hospital, where she was admitted on 2 June. Based on her statement, police in Kozhikode had registered an FIR on 22 June against five of her seniors.
Kalaburugi superintendent of police N Shashikumar told to media arrested have been sent to judicial custody, he said. Based on her statement, police in Kozhikode had registered an FIR on June 22 against five of her seniors. National Human Rights Commission took cognizance of media reports of the incident and asked the state government and Kozhikode district authorities to file a report on it and action taken. It issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Karnataka, as well as the District Collector and Superintendent of Police of Kozhikode, calling for reports on action taken in the matter within four weeks.
It observed that ragging has been banned in educational institutions and guidelines on recommendations of the Raghavan Committee to curb ragging have been issued in this regard. NHRC said the Apex Court has also referred to ragging as an ugly scar, which needs to be obliterated from educational institutions. The college authorities were legally bound and responsible to ensure protection of students from the menace of ragging, the Commission stated.
A Karnataka police team probing the incident is now in Kozhikode and will visit her tomorrow to record her statement. Kerala Women’s Commission also wrote to its counterpart in Karnataka, urging it to intervene in the matter.