What we do - Our Activities
& Achievements in a nutshell !
Part - II : Supporting & Empowering the Victims
and Their Families
receive communications from victims and from their family
members through our website, through email or over phone.
Some even complain through social media. We try our level
best to provide supports to the victims and their
families. Our Legal Desk and RTI Desk have been
crucial in this area.
sually, on receiving a report we
contact the institution (normally the name of the victim
is kept confidential) and simultaneously intimate the
National (UGC) Anti-Ragging Helpline and various other
gravity, some cases are intimated to the concerned state
government, state and/or the National Human Rights
Commission. We demand action from the college authorities
and often follow it up.
ur website (www.No2Ragging.Org)
contains helpful information for victims of ragging,
inclusive of almost all the information that a victim of
severe ragging would need to prevent, counter or escape
ragging. The website also provides practical knowledge on
legal aspects including, victim’s rights, States’
anti-ragging legislations and application filing process
under RTI (Right to Information) Act. The website has
counted more than a lakh hits/month in many months of the
AVE’s members have also empowered
the victims through active representation, legal counsel,
and by filing RTI applications on behalf of the victims.
active intervention has even filled in the gaps where the
Anti Ragging Helpline failed to render assistance to some
of the victims.
n some cases, SAVE has collaborated
with the friends and family members of 'victims', who had
lost their lives in 'ragging', to arrange memorial events
and to demand proper investigation into the cases [Read
news report by the Times of India
events were clubbed with signature campaigns seeking a
comprehensive national anti ragging legislation. At
present, only some states have individual state
legislations against ragging. SAVE has been demanding a
central act with adequate coverage of the preventive part.
examples . . .
different case in point is the
harassment of a ragging victim from Tamil Nadu. SAVE’s
members not only provided the victims with free legal and
psychological counseling, but also wrote to the Hon’ble
Chief Justice of Chennai High Court who took suo moto
cognizance of the matter and instructed the Police to
submit its reply for the alleged conduct. As a result, the
police registered an FIR against the perpetrators of
ragging and stopped harassing the victims.
AVE’s Legal Head
has represented the victim (Naveen Kujur) in the School of
Planning and Architecture (SPA) ragging matter and has
been successful in setting a precedent in the history of
anti ragging movement by obtaining a direction from a
magisterial court for registration of an FIR against
the Director, Dean and Registrar
of School of
Planning and Architecture.
letter by SAVE’s Legal Head also
prompted the National Human Rights’ Commission to take
cognizance of this matter.
In some cases,
the victims who had been supported by SAVE, later turned
out to be an Anti-Ragging activists with SAVE and have
taken active roles in supporting other victims.
More on the line...
s a part of our compliance check campaign
we have sent thousands
of emails and also faxes to
the educational institutions, universities and deemed
universities to remind them of their anti-ragging duties. We
also recommend them about effective anti-ragging preventive
measures, for we believe “Prevention is better than Cure
e have also filed several RTI applications
with state and central governments to inquire about the
status of the anti ragging committees.
SAVE has filed multiple RTIs with University Grants
Commission (UGC) to inquire about actions taken against
errant Institutions, and consequently the UGC has directed
the Vice-Chancellor of the affiliating University to take a
punitive action against the erring Institution (a Kanpur