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Way2k 5 Oct 2012
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DUSU: launch a anti-ragging helpline
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A phone call could make life a lot easier for freshers in Delhi University this year. Those afraid of calling the authorities for help against harassment can now seek help from students themselves. Apart from the anti-ragging squads constituted by the university authorities, Delhi University Student's Union (DUSU) has decided to launch a helpline for freshers in distress. The students' union members have a welcome plan in place for freshers. Student leaders will visit each college and greet the freshmen with flowers and chocolates.

DUSU: launch a anti-ragging helpline

"We thought of greeting the freshers personally to make them feel comfortable and confident on their first day in college. We already have anti-ragging squads represented by students and we will come up with a helpline as well. Contacts of all DUSU members will be displayed on the college notice boards, which freshers can call in case they need help," says Vikas Choudhary, vice-president, DUSU. According to Usha Rao, proctor, DU, the university has a zero-tolerance policy against ragging. All colleges including those out-of campuses have a policy against ragging and a sexual harassment cell in place.

"This year, to make the anti-ragging mechanism more robust, we are coming up with a new booklet, which will have all women helpline numbers. The booklet will also contain details as to how to avert an incident of ragging or sexual harassment and where to call for immediate help," says Rao. The university will have anti-ragging posters and warnings to be put up by each college as well as on the democracy wall on both North and South campus. Police officials in plain clothes will be deployed around the Vishwavidyalaya metro station, where there have been issues of eve teasing in the past.

"We had a couple of meetings with police officials of all the regions and provosts of all hostels to make on-campus, and in particular, off-campus colleges safe for students. We have worked out a concrete anti-ragging policy with the university officials and college representatives to avoid even a single incident this year. Also, we will make sure students from the Northeast do not have to face any such problems," adds Rao. Most colleges have a CCTV surveillance mechanism in place and the staff and hostel authorities have been alerted in advance.

In fact, Hindu College has increased its CCTV surveillance by installing 16 more cameras in and around the main location to ensure greater security. "We decided to install more cameras in order to avoid any incident of ragging. We have also involved the senior students in this process of keeping a check on any such instances in the college," says Pradumn Kumar, principal, Hindu College. GS Sodhi, senior faculty, SGTB Khalsa College says, "Though our college has never had problems of ragging, we have made the faculty members alert on the issue. The college has an anti-ragging committee and we encourage freshers to report to it in case of a problem."

Courtesy: Times of India

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