Using RTI to deal with Ragging

In 2005, the Govt. of India came up with a very powerful act called the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which empowers you to ask any question to any govt. department, agency, or institute and the reply has to be given by them within 30 days, otherwise a fine of Rs. 250 per day is levied on the responsible officer.

Generally you can use the RTI act to ask action taken by the college on the ragging complaint made or action taken by RTI-helpline on the ragging complaint. You can also ask the local police through RTI what action has been taken if you have made any complaint to it. You can even ask the college reasons why the anti-ragging squad does not conduct surprise checks at night, why complaint boxes have not been kept at various locations at the college, or why the seniors found indulged in ragging have been given a very mild punishment. You can ask why the various anti-ragging steps as mandated by UGC’s anti-ragging regulation are not being implemented by the college. Remember, the fight against ragging is in your own hands!

When an RTI application is filed, the govt. officers come under pressure to perform since they can not write back that no action has been taken till date! They generally take action within 30 days and write back the action taken in the RTI reply.

An RTI application generally doesn’t cost much and the entire process is completed in Rs. 50 only. If you do not wish to disclose your name, you can make any of your friend/ cousin apply for you.



SAVE advocates a wide use of RTI to get any information or to ensure a timely action by the authorities in case you are facing the ragging. The link below gives details to acquaint you with various aspects of the RTI application process.


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