Odisha: OHRC Seeks Report From Govt On Anti-Ragging Measures

18 September 2019


Bhubaneswar: A day after a student's post-assault video surfaced on social media, the Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) issued a notice to the State Government seeking information on anti-ragging measures at educational institutions.

In a letter to the Home Department Secretary, the OHRC has sought information on guidelines to prevent ragging, and whether the State Government has created a State Anti-Ragging Helpline as done by Government of India following the Supreme Court order.

The Commission has directed the Government to submit a report in this regard by October 11. "We hope and trust that the Home Secretary shall do well, as an interim measure, to create a helpline in Police Headquarters of different districts publicizing helpline numbers widely, of not created," the OHRC report read.

Health and Family Welfare Department, School and Mass Education Department, Higher Education Department and Technical Education Departments have been sought a reply regarding anti-ragging leasures. The Secretaries of these departments have been asked to furnish information on steps have been taken by them to curb ragging of newly admitted students.