Ragging is a nasty manifestation of popular culture. But what will be accomplished by assigning new police functions to school or college administrations? A look at child rearing in Bangladesh will reveal the roots of ragging. Girls appear to have lesser scope or opportunity for anti-social behaviour. But in the case of boys, a great deal is overlooked by parents. Even in school, a parent is offended by reports of anti-social behaviour by his son. Perhaps training children for adulthood has to start much earlier. It is difficult to overlook the fact that ragging is cultural in its origins.
The court's directive to educational institutions to put down ragging is welcome. The practice has cost many youngsters their lives. The best part of the order is that it fixes responsibility on college authorities to curb ragging.