54 students fined Rs 13.5 lakh for ragging

54 students fined Rs 13.5 lakh for ragging

54 students fined Rs 13.5 lakh for ragging

In an unprecedented strict measure, the Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital (DMCH) administration has imposed a collective fine of Rs 13.5 lakh on 54 medical students for their involvement in a ragging incident.

Each of the 54 students have been asked to pay a fine of Rs 25,000 by November 25, or else they would not be allowed to attend their classes. The initiative has been taken by the college after Medical Council of India (MCI), following a complaint by a first year student, asked the DMCH administration to take prompt action.

According to sources, a first year student had complained to the MCI that she was ragged by her seniors (who stayed in Old Girls Hostel) on November 11.

On November 16, the MCI took cognizance of the incident and asked the college administration to conduct an independent probe and punish the culprit.

The second year students were summoned by the college principal Dr RK Sinha but the students denied their involvement. However, the victim claimed that the seniors repeatedly abused and beat her up, besides inflicting mental torture.

The anti-ragging committee, headed by the principal, however, found the charges true. "We acted after receiving an e-mail from the MCI," said Sinha, who conducted the probe. Other in the probe panel included BK Mishra, BK Singh, Sheela Kumari and KP Singh.

"If the guilty students fail to confess their crime and submit the fine within the stipulated time-frame, they will be liable to face further action. Their guardians have also been informed," said the principal.