The menace of ragging does not seem to die. Every year a few students succumb to brutal ragging in colleges. The awareness and stricter rules against ragging has reduced it to some extent, but still there’s a long way to go. We need to completely abolish this useless tradition. Ragging is called a way of introduction between the seniors and juniors. But this is certainly no way of introduction in a normal world. This is sheer (mostly harmful) fun for the seniors. Even where it is called harmless ragging, where no physical harm is involved, it may be embarassing for many, leading to psychological scar.
Why do students rag at all? What is the psychology behind it?
It may be the way we bring up our children.It may be the suppressed feelings and desires which the young adults vent out in the form of ragging. The so called fun, gives them a high, a sense of domination over someone by suppressing them. This is not normal behavior. A normal, happy, satisfied person will never resort to harmful activities to feel one’s power. There is only a particular group of students who involve in ragging. To some extent therefore this can be termed as a behavorioul problem with some reasons behind it.
- First and foremost the upbringing of the person matters. We directly do not teach our children to be violent. But indirectly we always do. When a child as young as 3 years old gets beaten or pushed by his friends, most parents would immidiately react by telling the child-’Why didn’t you slap/push back?’ A child who can immidiately slap back hard is considered smart. Rarely do we teach children to be patient and ask him or her to complain to an adult first and react physically only when nothing helps and in self defense. Children see their parents abusing, using foul language towards helpers like maids, drivers etc. The sense of dominating the weak starts developing here. Children who are often beaten by parents for petty mistakes grow up into violent adults. As young adults not yet in control of their life, they turn this violence on the juniors, whom they know will not retaliate being juniors.
- Dominating parents, who have always enforced there own wish on children, never allowing the children the required freedom, are always interfering with the child’s activities,also cause frustration in the child, which may express itself in negative forms like ragging.
- Sometimes students who cannot do well in their field of academics due to various reasons, resort to ragging the juniors. This is to establish their importance in society, where they know only the good ones get respect.
- Another major cause can be the unlimited exposure of the youth through the media, internet, movies etc.Children hardly play educational games on the computer. Most games involve road accidents, racing, shooting. These games have not a single hint of respect of life anywhere.Accident becomes fun for the children.They gradually become insensitive to the pain (physical or mental) of others. It is the parents’ duty to wean the children away from such games.
Students involved in ragging are mostly those who are lacking in something, are not satisfied with themselves or are from unhappy background. Those who are focussed in their studies,clearly know there goal, have constructive hobbies,have understanding parents, those who are happy and satisfied with whatever they have, never resort to acts of ragging which aim at hurting, embarassing and humiliating others.
Along with strict measures to curb ragging, we also need to go to the root cause of such behavior. Parents should themselves be conscious as a role model and instill the values of love and respect for everyone, irrespective of their status.Children should know the difference between harmless and harmful fun.