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DURGAPUR: Three girls accused of ragging a junior in an engineering college here have been arrested, slapped with a battery of non-bailable charges that include attempted murder, and sent to jail custody for five days, marking a first in the prosecution of ragging cases in Bengal. The victim, a first-year student, slashed her wrists after her seniors allegedly made her strip and photographed her.
The arrested girls Arpita Das, Deblina Halder and Subhoshree Dhar are fourth-year B Tech students of National Power Training Institute, a central government college. All of them come from affluent homes in Kolkata. They were picked up outside the campus gates on Wednesday night. It was claimed they were trying to flee.
On the night of November 15, they took their victim to an empty room in the hostel and allegedly asked her a barrage of questions. When the scared fresher was unable to reply, they hit her repeatedly, the victim's father claimed in a complaint to the college. Sources said the trio also made the girl strip and took her photos, which were later posted online. Unable to bear the trauma, the girl slashed her wrists the next morning. She was rushed to a local nursing home in a serious condition. After three days, her father, a hosiery goods trader from Kolkata, took her home.
M Arunachalam, the director of the institute, lodged an FIR against the girls about 10 days ago. Arunachalam, who is in Karnataka now, said over phone that the action was taken according to college rules.
"The Supreme Court has made it mandatory for colleges to lodge an FIR in ragging cases," he added.
Sankha Biswas, officer-in-charge of Durgapur police station, said that police had taken up the case after the college authorities lodged the FIR. "The girls have been charged under Sections 326 (grievous hurt), 307 (attempt to murder) as well as 511 and 109 of IPC all of them non-bailable charges. They were produced in court on Thursday morning and sent to jail custody," he said.
Based on the guardian's complaint, the college suspended the three girls on November 19. A committee formed to probe the incident submitted its report on November 25.
This is one of the rare instances where the college authorities took strong action on a complaint of ragging. There have been numerous instances when campus officials sat on complaints, even where the victim had died, committed suicide or was critically injured.