Six college students staying at the Firodia Hostel on BMCC Road were recently rusticated from the hostel after a 16-year-old first year student of MIT Polytechnic complained of ragging. He and his brother, a first year engineering student who stayed at the same hostel, were subjected to physical and mental harassment.
The student, whose identity has been withheld, was asked to remove his shirt and greet seniors in the morning by going to their rooms every day. He was also asked to speak in bad language about his elder brother. The victim put up with the ragging for over three months, but informed his parents in Dahanu after he could not take it any longer. His parents then alerted the local guardian, Dinesh Munot, who wrote to the hostel authorities.
"We received an email on November 17 from the local guardian who complained that the victim and his brother were being harassed and ragged by some senior students," said Narendra Chuttar, rector of Firodia Hostel.
Munot had stated in the complaint that both brothers were being subjected to physical and mental harassment and as a result they wanted to leave the hostel.
The hostel authorities set up an inquiry and found the students guilty. On November 25, all six were removed from the hostel.
The expelled students, who had harassed the victim, were identified as Gaurav Abad, Anuj Modi, Anand Runwal, Manish Pitale, Srinivas Kathed and Nikhil Kataria.
"We had called up the victim students' parents and the parents of the guilty students. The guilty students admitted to the victims' claims, but also insisted it was only friendly banter. We found their behaviour was not in accordance with the rules and hence asked them to leave the hostel," Chuttar said. He added that the parents did not want to register any police complaint.
"Since we are a private hostel, we are not bound to notify the college. However, we abided by the Anti-Ragging Act, did our internal investigation and acted on the issue," said Chuttar.
Munot did not want to get into the details of the ragging. "The parents didn't want to press for a police complaint as the issue wasn't that serious," he said.
Both the victim and his brother left for home after the incident and are expected to return to the hostel after a couple of weeks.source-dnaindia.com