TIRUPATI: Despite the existence of laws deterring ragging, an act that started as a joyful interaction, the menace seems to be continuing and in some cases even driving innocent students to suicide, opined Tirupati third additional district judge PV Ram Babu.
Addressing a workshop on ‘Prevention of Ragging and Suicide: Save Lives’ held at the Indira Priyadarshini Auditorium in Sri Padmavathi Mahila University here Saturday, Ram Babu said that the pathetic state can be attributed to disintegration of joint families, which was once conditioning kids on social behaviour, giving way to nuclear families and in turn keeping children in isolation. “I personally do not like to threaten students by underlining punishments, but I advise them to live like normal human beings. Anyone seeking legal aid can contact AP State Legal Services Authority over toll free number 15100.”
A joint initiative of The New Indian Express and Sri Padmavathi Mahila Visvavidyalayam, the event set the stage for experts to cater their thoughts to a large number of students who turned out at the venue.
Counselling psychologist Dr NB Sudhakar Reddy said: “Anyone who wants to commit suicide should jump 100 times with a skipping rope. Doing so would burn hormones like adrenaline and distract them from taking further initiatives.”
Terming perpetrators of ragging as ‘psychotic/neurotic’ he felt, “A person with good leadership qualities would never indulge in such a social evil. Perpetrators who are involved in such acts are mentally disturbed and are brought up by a disturbed family.”
Besides suggesting the varsity officials to employ psychologists, he added that just like one goes to check their blood pressure/sugar levels, one should also check if one is mentally stable.
Guest of honour and Mahila Police Station DSP KV Murali Krishna felt that there is a need to know why ragging, which was confined only to professional colleges, has now spread its wings to all colleges. “The Tirupati police have undertaken several proactive initiatives such as She Teams and Police Whatsapp. Any girl in distress can WhatsApp her grievance to the number 8099999977.”
SPMVV incharge vice-chancellor R Varalakshmi exhorted the students to gain expertise in their field of interest and become a productive entity. “Every student should realise how much the government is indirectly spending on them. Making use of the opportunity would benefit the society in general,” she said. Registrar Vijayalakshmi and TNIE Tirupati manager K Srinivasa Rao took part in the event.
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For legal aid on ragging, one can contact AP State Legal Services Authority over toll free number 15100