[Reader-list] RAGGING: Molestation slur on XLRI students

shivam zest_india at yahoo.co.in
Thu Jul 1 20:11:44 IST 2004

Is there anyone here from Jamshedpur who can help us a
little about this incident? What has appeared in other
newspapers? Is anyone in touch with anyone at XLRI
Jamshedpur so that we can know the inside story of
ragging there?
PACE Stop Ragging Campaign:

Molestation slur on XLRI students

Statesman News Service RANCHI, June 26. — Barely has
the dust settled on the IIM fee-cut controversy,
another of India’s premier B-schools, the Xavier
Labour Relations Institute (XLRI), Jamshedpur has been
rocked by a controversy of another kind. Female
freshers at the institute have apparently alleged that
inebriated senior students misbehaved with them under
the garb of ragging on Tuesday night. 
Sources at the institute said the incident took place
after the orientation programme for freshers at the
main hall got over. Some senior students who had had
too much to drink asked their juniors to assemble in
front of the students’ hostel. 
Some seniors reportedly tried to force the girls to
consume alcohol and a senior student allegedly tried
to kiss a fresher. She objected and tried to push him
away but he held her back, a source close to a
first-year student said. The girls then ran towards
their rooms but were reportedly followed by the
seniors who tried to enter the rooms but prevented
from doing after the institute staff intervened. 
When this correspondent tried to speak to some
freshers about the reported incident over the
telephone, there were mixed reactions. While some
denied such an incident had taken place, others
admitted that it had but said they did not want to to
“get into trouble”. Some others said the incident was
blown out of proportion. A report on the incident has
also been posted on a website for management students
from various B-schools. When contacted, XLRI director
Fr N Casmirraj, however, denied the incident. He
firmly said that the entire story was “cooked up” to
malign the prestige institute.

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