Twenty-two year old Dalit student, OS Avinash, had to be hospitalised following an incident of ragging at a polytechnic in Thrissur, Kerala. Avinash said that he and eight other students were stripped and forced to do rigorous exercises for over five hours on the night of December 2. He has suffered from severe kidney malfunction and has had to go through four rounds of dialysis reported NDTV.
Avinash was quoted, “Nine of us were stripped naked. We were made to do somersaults and similar acrobatics for hours at a stretch. When some of us started falling down, they still didn’t let us go. We were asked to pretend swimming in the floor. Some of us were locked inside a closet and made to sing aloud… all this for around five hours till early morning.” Another student has also been admitted to a hospital in Kochi after this incident.
After returning home to Thrissur, Avinash was very sick and needed hospitalisation. His friends informed his father of the ragging on December 15, and a case was filed with the police the next day.
The police said that all of the nine accused seniors are missing. A case of attempt to murder and ragging has been filed under the SC and ST Act (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.