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NGO Slams 3 Idiots For Glorifying Ragging

PTI 02 Jan 2010, 14:46:06 IST

In a scene from the film 3 Idiots, seniors in the hostel are seen forcing freshmen to strip to their underwear and perform tasks set for them. 

While some enact a James Bond scene in their underwear, others are asked to bend over and have their bottom inked with a rubber stamp. 

Actors Sharman Joshi and R Madhavan dropped their pants exposing their chaddies in the scene.

The Coalition to Uproot Ragging from Education, an NGO, is extremely upset with the scene and has written a letter on December 28 to the Raghavan Committee, entrusted to monitor the measures to prevent ragging in higher educational institutions. 

The panel is headed by R K Raghavan, former CBI chief, the HRD ministry and the University Grants Commission. CURE has asked the committee and the government officials to send a letter to the censor board.

Harsh Agarwal, co-founder, CURE, said, "We should be more sensitised to the evils of ragging that often end in death. 

One of the recommendations of the Raghavan Committee claims that, 'every possible strategy should be adopted to sensitise the public against the evils of ragging through the use of the media and the civil society at each of the levels described by us'. When such a recommendation is there,  how can the media present ragging so lightly?"

Professor Raj Kachroo, father of Aman Kachroo, who died after he was beaten by his seniors in 2008, said, "I have not watched the movie but this is a matter of concern especially when there are deaths due to ragging.

The letters should be written to the censor board and the directors to take this issue seriously rather than spreading the wrong impression about ragging amongst students."