25/06/2016 7:57 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:27 AM IST

Nursing Student's Ragging Case: 3 Arrested, Sent To Judicial Custody

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NEW DELHI, INDIA - SEPTEMBER 8: Signs warning students of ragging (otherwise known as hazing) are posted on the gates of Jamia Millia Islamia college campus in New Delhi, India, September 8, 2009. (Photo by Mary Knox Merrill/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images)

KALBURGI -- Three senior students of a nursing college were today arrested in connection with the alleged ragging of a first year Dalit girl student from Kerala who is now being treated at a hospital in her home state for severe damage to her internal organs.

Kalburugi Superintendent of Police N Shashikumar told PTI that those arrested were identified as Lakshmi, Athera and Vishnupriya.

All of them have been sent to judicial custody, he said.

Nineteen-year-old Aswathi was allegedly force-fed toilet cleaner by her seniors at the hostel of Al Qamal College of Nursing in Kalburigi on 9 May, seriously damaging her internal organs.

She is now battling for life at Kozhikode Medical College hospital, where she was admitted on 2 June.

Based on her statement, police in Kozhikode had registered an FIR on 22 June against five of her seniors.

National Human Rights Commission took cognizance of media reports of the incident and asked the state government and Kozhikode district authorities to file a report on it and action taken.

It issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, Karnataka, as well as the District Collector and Superintendent of Police of Kozhikode, calling for reports on action taken in the matter within four weeks.

It observed that ragging has been banned in educational institutions and guidelines on recommendations of the Raghavan Committee to curb ragging have been issued in this regard.

NHRC said the Apex Court has also referred to ragging as an ugly scar, which needs to be obliterated from educational institutions. The college authorities were legally bound and responsible to ensure protection of students from the menace of ragging, the Commission stated.

A Karnataka police team probing the incident is now in Kozhikode and will visit her tomorrow to record her statement.

Kerala Women's Commission also wrote to its counterpart in Karnataka, urging it to intervene in the matter.

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