Kerala education minister orders probe in Dalit student's ragging case in Kerala

By Staff Reporter

Thiruvananthapuram: Kerala Education Minister has intervened in the incident, where a Dalit student was ragged so bad that his kidneys were damaged at Nattakom Government Polytechnic College in Kottayam district. Minister C Raveendranath on Tuesday ordered a probe into the ragging incident and asked the director of Technical Education to review the probe and take steps to ensure justice for the victim.

The issue was brought to light when Avinash, a 22-year old dalit student from Irinjalakkuda in Thrissur district, was hospitalised on December 17 following ragging. A gang of senior students brutally ragged him on December 2. The seniors undressed the first year student and made him take push-ups on December 2. According to a complaint filed by Avinash’s father Sivadasan with Changanassery police, the accused forcibly fed his son with liquor mixed substances after six hours long ragging. When Avinash came home, he was taken to the Mother Hospital, Thrissur, with ailments on his kidney.He was put on dialysis after doctors diagnosed him with kidney damage.

The complainant had urged the police to take case under the Kerala prohibition of ragging Act 1998 and SC/ST atrocities Act.

Meanwhile, nine students have been arrested in connection with the case and have been remanded in police custody. Changanassery police told Twocircles that they were sent to Kottayam sub jail and were interrogated by the police team.