28 August 2006

New student initiation-Stripped paraded naked stabbed- India

An Indian student was stripped, paraded naked, stabbed and beaten in a gruesome college initiation ceremony in the the eastern state of West Bengal, it was reported yesterday. "Ragging" or a rite of passage for new students is common in most Indian colleges. First year student Sandipan Bandopadhyay's nightmare began on Tuesday when he was accosted by a group of 20 senior students at the Jalpaiguri Engineering College. They allegedly tied a collar around his neck, forced him to strip and then paraded him naked on campus, New Delhi Television reported. The seniors then stabbed him and beat him with iron rods and bicycle chains. Bandopadhyay survived and managed to escape from campus.

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