Marian is happy to welcome the new batch of students to our midst. During this occasion let me take this opportunity to guide you about manner of behavior expected from you. Particularly I would request all of you to abstain from any incident of ragging.
Ragging is prohibited under the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1998 Act and it is also punishable under various provisions of the Indian Penal Code,1860.
Ragging is a very serious offence punishable with imprisonment up to two years, and it is also a cognizable offence. (Cognisable offence means an offence for which the accused could be arrested even without a warrant).
The Supreme Court of India has taken a serious note of this menace and has issued number of directives in the year 2001, followed by repeated orders in February and May of 2009. The UGC has also acted promptly and has issued rules and regulations to curb the menace of ragging in all the educational institutions.
Marian adheres to the above mentioned guidelines in letter and spirit. Marian policy on this issue is clear and simple. It is a policy of zero tolerance to ragging. Marian Campus, Hostels and premises is bound to be a “ragging free zone”. Therefore it is warned that even the slightest attempt to engage in ragging will invite stringent action against perpetrators. This is in line with the directives of the Supreme Court which mandates that “punishment to be meted out has to be exemplary and justifiably harsh to act as a deterrent against recurrence of such incidents”. The Supreme Court further mandates that any student who has indulged in ragging should not be given admission in any educational institution and those who indulge in ragging shall be expelled from the educational institution.
The Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1998 defines ragging as follows; ‘Ragging’ means doing of any act, by disorderly conduct, to a student of an educational institution, which causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological harm or raising apprehension or fear or shame or embarrassment to that student and includes-
(i) teasing, abusing or paying practical jokes on, or causing hurt to, such student; or
(ii) asking a student to do any act or perform something which such student will not, in the ordinary course willingly, do. [Section 2 (b)].
A carefull reading shall reveal that any act which raises fear or shame or embarrassment to that student is ragging. Moreover merely “asking a student to do any act or perform something which such student will not, in the ordinary course willingly, do” is ragging.
Therefore students are warned to abstain from any act which would fall within the scope of ragging.
Moreover it is Marian value to welcome freshmen with a positive spirit of warmth and affection like a family member.
For the sake of clarity I would like to reiterate that it is not only any serious act of violence or bodily harm that is treated as ragging, even a simple normal behavior which would embarrass or cause fear in the mind of a freshman amounts to ragging. Marian does not tolerate the following practices in the campus, hostels or premises;
1. Advising fresh students to address seniors as ‘chetta’, ‘achayan’ or ‘chechy’ or anything similar and the like.
2. Any advice regarding dress code. Advising students to wear their uniform or dress in a particular manner or any norm regarding wearing of foot wear etc.. These are not within the domain of senior students and it will be deemed as ragging.
3. Any compulsion or demand to ‘great/ wish’ senior students shall not be entertained. It is absolutely within the discretion of the junior students to ‘greet / wish’ seniors or not.
4. Meeting any fresh student/students by the senior students in groups is not permitted. In no case even for a genuine reason a new comer or new comers may be met by groups of senior students exceeding two in number.
5. Making awkward gestures or sounds in verandahs and corridors when junior students are passing by is not permitted.
6. Passages and staircases should not be blocked in any case during intervals/free time so as to prevent junior students from free movement.
7. Special care is expected from hostellers. New students are your guests coming to your home. Please ensure that they feel at home. No domineering behavior in the hostel shall be tolerated. Respect the directions given by the hostel wardens in letter and spirit.
8. The management and faculty appreciate the eagerness of the second and third year students to meet and strike friendship with your juniors. However don’t be in haste…please wait a bit… Let the juniors get settled. After they feel at home you will have enough and more opportunity to mix with them.
9. Any form of misbehavior as those indicated above, taking place outside the campus will invite even more severe punishments.
10. It is not the specific behavior of students that Marian is concerned about, but the culture of the institution built by the individual behavior of the students. Let that be exemplary, worthy of emulation by any other educational institution.
Please note that the above given list is not exhaustive, it is only indicative. It is expected that the entire Marian family would join hands to welcome the freshmen in the most courteous manner possible and live up to the expectations of the founding fathers of this great institution.