Ragging is a practice in educational institutions in India and Sri Lanka that involves existing students baiting or bullying new students. It is similar to the American phenomenon of hazing. It often takes a malignant form wherein the newcomers may be subjected to psychological or physical torture. Currently, Sri Lanka is said to be the worst affected country in the world.
Since 2001, ragging has been the focus of a number of legal actions. For example, the Supreme Court of India defined it in a judgement as actions that "adversely affect the physique or psyche of a fresher or a junior student".
A report from 2007 by the Indian anti-ragging group Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education analyzed 64 ragging complaints, and found that over 60% of these were related to physical ragging, and 20% were sexual in nature.
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- . "Newsletter" (PDF). Society Against Violence in Education. February, 2008. http://www.no2ragging.org/Newsletter_February_2008_(PDF).pdf.
- "APPROACH OF JADAVPUR UNIVERSITY TOWARDS RAGGING" (PDF). Jadavpur University. 2008-09. http://www.jadavpur.edu/announce/MPhiEnvScApplicationForm2008-09.pdf.
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