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Tribal girl alleges ragging in Bengal

Posted on Aug 04 2014 | IANS

Kolkata, Aug 4 : Ragged and threatened by two of her college seniors for months with hostel authorities turning a deaf ear to her plight, a first-year tribal student in Bengal's West Midnapore district has now approached police.

The first-year student of Midnapore's Raja Narendra Lal Khan Women's College Sunday approached Superintendent of Police Bharati Ghosh after the Kotwali police station refused to lodge her complaint.

"The girl was with me Sunday and told me about her ordeal. We have registered a complaint and are looking into the matter," Ghosh told IANS Monday as she rejected the allegations that the Kotwali police station refused to take her complaint.

Both the girl and her father have asserted that they were turned away by police before they finally approached Ghosh.

The girl has named two second-year students in her complaint that they would repeatedly harass her mentally and physically. She has also accused the in-charge and matron of the hostel of ill treating her after she complained to them about ragging.

"The two seniors would regularly abuse and torture me physically and mentally. Even the hostel matron called me after I approached her complaining against them," said the girl, who has now decided to quit the college.

The college authorities, however, have claimed that the Physiology honours student never approached either any of the teachers or the institute's anti-ragging squad.

"She has never approached us with any complaint regarding ragging. In fact, a day before she went to the superintendent of police, the two seniors whom she had named had actually made a complaint to us saying she used to misbehave with them," acting principal Krishna Maity told IANS.

Maity said the anti-ragging squad has initiated a probe into the matter and will submit a report within a week.

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