A shocking video surfaced on the internet whereby students of a prestigious university in Odisha were seen getting brutally ragged by their seniors.
Videos of ragging of over 50 students of second-year students of Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) in Sambalpur by its third and fourth-year students near the dining hall of the hostel led to massive rage on social media.
On the pretext of a conducting a welcome ceremony, the senior students of the Odisha University were seen engaging in brutality to the extent of harassing their juniors.
In the videos that set the social media ablaze, seniors were seen slapping the juniors while asking them to run down the stairs. Several seniors were also seen tearing off the shirts of second-year students while others were thrashed in the name of ragging. These were just some among a number of other shocking and scandalous acts the juniors were forced to engage in.
However this was the not the first time that such an incident was reported as earlier last year, one student was penalized with a ‘year back’ while disciplinary action was initiated against 19 other students for allegedly ragging 2nd-year students in the varsity.
Following this incident, any form of ragging whether outside or inside the university was banned by the University and decisions were taken to expel the perpetrators. However, despite disciplinary action and stringent norms laid down by the University Grants Commission (UGC), another case of mass ragging came as a shock to the nation.
It is yet to be ascertained when the alleged ragging took place since the victims are yet to file complaints. Odisha minister Premanand Nayak said that he had ordered a probe by the university’s registrar. The Vice-Chancellor of the university also affirmed that strict action would be taken against those found guilty in the investigation.