In a bizarre case at Uttar Pradesh University of Medical Sciences in Saifai village, 150 freshers were made to shave their heads and salute their seniors.
In a video clip which went viral on social media, the students with tonsured heads could be seen parading on the campus. The newcomers were made to bend and chant “Huzur tohfa kabool hai,” taking cue from the popular Bollywood blockbuster 3 Idiots.
Vice Chancellor Raj Kumar has assured that action would be taken against the guilty. Saifai is the native village of the former Chief Ministers and Samajwadi Party leaders Mulayam Singh and Akhilesh Yadav. The University was set up when Mulayam Singh Yadav was serving as the chief minister of the state.
The Supreme Court had banned ragging in educational institutions but such incidents continue to happen in the country.
According to data released in 2018 by then Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar the number of ragging complaints received from students and institutions across India rose from 423 in 2015 to 901 in 2017.