Farmers suicides and sexual ragging in higher educational Institutions in Telangana are on rise. As far as the sexual ragging is concerned, it stands only next to Karnataka, with 11 per cent of students as against 4 per cent of National average, Universities Grant Commission (UGC) surveyed in Telangana and found sexual ragging by seniors.
The psychosocial study of ragging in selected educational institutions in India’, which was conducted by four-member experts committee. The committee has surveyed as many as 10,632 students from 37 colleges/universities in the country and concluded that students in Telangana state are primarily being subjected to two kinds of sexual ragging – Stripping and Sodomy, with highest percentage of ragging involving stripping reported from a private nursing college in Telangana (10.4 per cent).
Other forms of sexual ragging which include asking students to enact sexual scenes or narrating stories with sexual content. Male students too are victims of sexual ragging.
The other states which appeared on the list include Maharashtra, West Bengal and UP. This menace is more prevalent among male students, those staying in hostels and enrolled in professional courses like engineering, medical, nursing and hotel management. A 2016 incident from JNTU, Hyderabad stands testimony to the findings of the UGC.
The percentage of students reporting the negative impact of ragging on their academic performance is much higher than the prevalence of ragging in the Higher educational institutions, and the most common forms of ragging in Telangana include ragging based on region, language, religion and economic background.
This could be because ragging has been severe but not as widespread in the institution, or that mild forms of harassment have not been seen as ragging. It is also possible that atmosphere of fear and intimidation experienced by freshers’ in some colleges has an adverse impact even though they have not been ragged.
Though there is gender insensitiveness in campuses, the numbers of sexual ragging cases reported is an exaggeration. The students in JNTU-Hyderabad campus do not deny that ragging is prevalent, however, sexual ragging cases are much fewer when compared to other forms of ragging like beating, burdening them with assignments etc.
While so far 21 farmers suicides took place in Warangal alone. It rings warning bells for KCR administration in Telangana.