Ragging in any form is strictly prohibited within and outside the college campus. The Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act 1998 prohibits ragging in educational institutions in Kerala. Those who are involved in ragging will have to face severe consequences including expulsion from the college/criminal proceedings as per rules.
An Act to prohibit ragging in educational institutions in the State of Kerala.
Preamble: -Whereas it is expedient to prohibit ragging in educational institutions in the State of Kerala;
1. Short title, extent and commencement
2. Definition - In this Act, unless the context otherwise required
3. Prohibition of ragging
Ragging within or outside any educational institution is prohibited.
4. Penalty for ragging
Whoever commits, participates in, abets or propagates ragging within, or outside, any educational institution shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to two years and shall also be liable to a fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees.
5. Dismissal of student
Any student convicted of an offence under Section 4 shall be dismissed from the educational institution and such student shall not be admitted to any other educational institution for three years from the date of order of such dismissal.
6. Suspension of student
7. Deemed abetment
If the head of the educational institution fails or neglects to take action in the manner specified in section 6 when a complaint of ragging is made, such person shall be deemed to have abetted the offence of ragging and shall, on conviction, be punished as provided for in Section 4.
8. Power to make rules
9. Repeal and saving
An anti-ragging committee and squad are constituted at the commencement of each academic
year. The committee and the squad shall take effective steps as specified by the Honourable
Supreme Court of India, to prevent ragging.
The Central Government provides a 24-hour anti-ragging toll-free help-line that will help students in distress to get immediate assistance. The toll-free number is 1800 - 180 - 5522.