Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act, 1999
Thanks to the relentless efforts of a voluntary organisation,
Pravah, Maharashtra got itself a very strong antiragging law in
1999. Here's how Pravah got it done, in their own words,
followed by the key features of the new law. Here's the source.
This Act is called the Maharashtra Prohibition of Ragging Act,
1999. Here are some extracts from the Act:
- "ragging" means display of disorderly conduct, doing of any
act which causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological
harm or raise apprehension or fear or shame or embarrassment to
a student in any educational institution and includes
- Ragging within or outside of any educational institution is
- Whoever directly or indirectly 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.
- Any student convicted of an offence under section 4 shall be
dismissed from the educational institution and such student shall
not be admitted in any other educational institution for a period of
fiv e y ears from the date of order of such dismissal.
- Whenever any student or, as the case may be, the parent or
guardian, or a teacher of an educational institution complains, in
writing, of ragging to the head of the educational institution, the
head of that educational institution shall, without prejudice to the
foregoing prov isions, within sev en day s of the receipt of the
complaint, enquire into the complaint, enquire into the matter
mentioned in the complaint and if, prima facie, it is found true,
suspend the student who is accused of the offence, and shall
immediately forward the complaint to the police station hav ing
jurisdiction over the area for further action.
- 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 hav e abetted the
offence of ragging and shall, on conviction, be punished as
provided for in section 4.