Celebrities & Ragging !
So many people believe that ragging is just a very small
problem in India. This perception is because those who
face most brutal form of ragging, never speak up
Amitabh Bachchan, Actor
The legendary Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan in a media
appearance said, "Ragging has happened with me too. I passed
out my college in the 60s, and at that time also, ragging
was existent in colleges, sometimes worse... I really can't
tell you guys what kind of ragging I have been through.
Please don't ask me." 
■ Suresh Raina, Cricketer
The ace cricketer Suresh Raina candidly reveals a ragging
past in many interviews to the media. He says, "I remember
in the college hostel (Guru Gobind Singh Sports College,
Lucknow) in the first year maine bahot maar khayi hai. Khoob
pitayi karte the seniors (The seniors used to heavily beat
me). There used to be a lot of ragging. I've washed so many
clothes I don't even remember. "
In another interview,
Suresh Raina's brother Dinesh Raina reveals, "Suresh's
cricketing career could have ended within six months of his
joining the Sports College... shaken by the experience, the
young boy became withdrawn.... He was so shocked and nervous
that he never wanted to go back to the (sports) college. He
stayed at home for nearly six months, but I finally talked
him out of it. I spoke to his coaches in Lucknow and only
after getting complete assurance did I take Suresh back to
the college." 
Had it not been for his elder brother Dinesh, Suresh Raina
would have returned to his home in Muradnagar and a
promising cricketing career would have been nipped in the
bud, due to ragging.
The event marks the beginning of a lasting partnership with
the participating institutions - management, teachers and
esp. students in their journeys to make 'ragging-free'
■ Arindam Chaudhary,
The management guru Arindam Chaudhary writes about his IIT
Delhi friends "Well, their first months in IIT were
traumatic to say the least. They would cry in front of me.
They couldn’t take in the humiliation of ragging. The
humiliation of being stripped totally naked and being made
to run around the IIT Delhi campus... The engineering and
medical colleges of India are the havens of the worst
possible ragging in this country." 
■ Arjun Rampal, Actor
Another Bollywood actor Arjun Rampal reveals that in the
summer of 1990 he walked into his college and had mistakenly
asked a senior to carry his luggage into the hostel. The
actor was subsequently ragged for a long time and vowed
never to rag his juniors in turn. Rampal is admittedly very
much against ragging. 
■ Anurag Kashyap,
The Bollywood writer-producer-director was the youngest in
his class at the Scindia School, Gwalior. He was often at
the receiving end of severe ragging. He would run and hide
in the school library. Sexually abused and bullied as a
child, he brooded over his anguish – for years.
Kashyap says,“Sexual abuse is common in schools, especially
residential ones... Then, I was deeply affected by it"
adding,“As a direct effect [of the abuse in school], I built
muscle in college, started playing sports, and would often
be seen with a hockey stick in hand. I would get out of the
oppressive college cliques, forming my own parallel world,
all the while protecting those who weren’t strong enough,”
he says. An example how brutal, sexual
ragging distorts the minds of young.
■ Sujit Saraf, Film-maker
Sujit Saraf, a California-based filmmaker and playwright
studied at the IIT-Delhi between 1987 and ’92. He reveals
"we crawled on all fours and barked like dogs; we brought
cigarettes and Campa Cola for our seniors; we cleaned their
rooms; we dropped our trousers so they could measure our
penises; we formed human trains — each car holding the penis
of the car in front — and whistled our way through hostel
corridors; we simulated orgies; stripped naked" 
■ Imtiaz Ali, Film-maker
Noted film-maker Imtiaz Ali has a similar experience, "In
college, a lot of guys had stripped me naked during the
ragging... At that time it was terrible....Craziest thing
I've ever done – we've all walked naked...in those days ...
it was part of mass ragging that everyone had to do" 
■ Prakash Rajpurohit, IIT
& IAS topper
Prakash Rajpurohit, ranked 4th in IIT-JEE 2003 and later IAS
second topper, ran away from IIT Delhi hostel hitting the
headlines. In his complaint lodged with the police,
Rajpurohit had said students were asked among other things
to enact a honeymoon scene, strip and consume alcohol. 
■ Manish Gupta, Director
“I was a day-boarder in an engineering college in Bandra and
my friends who stayed in the hostels were forced into sodomy
with other boys as part of a ragging ritual.” 
■ Rahul Dev, Actor
“I did my engineering from Bangalore and stayed in a hostel
there. Though the seniors with their presence sparked off
fear telling us to jump around holding our crotches, we
challenged them and did not give in to their unreasonable
demands. But I can't describe the tension that we went
through at that moment.” 
■ Sona Mohapatra, Singer
“I was horribly ragged in my engineering college in Odisha.
Ragging is deplorable, and must be banned. Be it physical,
mental, minor or major, ragging is a very perverted show of
power, conrol and humiliation, and not way of getin anyone
to join a community and blend into it. There are more
interesting ways of doing that.” 
■ Aditya Datt, Director
“My cousin who had gone to pursue studies abroad had become
a victim of bullying. He was made to pull down his pants and
was molested by his seniors….” 
■ Shakti Kapoor, Actor
Shakti Kapoor, a Kirori Mal College (Delhi) alumnus, didn't
attend college for 10 days after a few seniors tried to rag
him. "I studied in KMC, the same college where Amitabh
Bachchan studied. Ragging was common then. I remember a
group of ... seniors tried to rag me. They took me to the
hostel and wanted to do something weird with me. They asked
me to pull my pants down and go around the college. But I
escaped," he recalled.
Another example how sexual ragging has been prevalent in
Indian colleges even in 1960s.
Pichai, Google CEO
Sundar Pichai, Google CEO was subjected to "jump on a table
and do something absurdly self-deprecating or lean out of a
balcony and hurl... epithets (at a senior's bidding) at some
unsuspecting passer-by" at IIT Kharagpur. 
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