THE KERALA PROHIBITION OF RAGGING ACT, 1998
( Kerala Gazette Extraordinary No. 1007, dated 24th June, 1998)
The Act to prohibit ragging in educational institutions in the State of Kerala.
‘Ragging’ means doing of any act, by disorderly conduct, to a student of an educational institution, which causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological harm or raising apprehension or fear or shame or embarrassment to that student and includes-
(i)teasing, abusing or paying practical jokes on, or causing hurt to, such student; or
(ii) asking a student to do any act or perform something which such student will not, in the ordinary course willingly, do.
Ragging within or without any educational institution is prohibited.
Penalty for ragging.-
Whoever commits, participates in, abets or propagates ragging within, or without, any educational institution shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extent to two years and shall also be liable to a fine which may extent to ten thousand rupees. Any student convicted of an offence under shall be dismissed from the educational institution and such student shall not be admitted in any other educational institution for a period of three years.
The head of institution, if prima facie, found the complaints mentioned in any ragging petition true, shall suspend the student who is accused and shall immediately forward the complaint to the police station for further action.