Dalit student in Kerala hospitalised with kidney damage after brutal ragging

22-year-old Avinash was put on dialysis after doctors diagnosed him with kidney damage

Dalit student in Kerala hospitalised with kidney damage after brutal ragging

A 22-year-old Dalit student of the Government Polytechnic College in Kottayam, Kerala has been hospitalised with kidney damage after he was allegedly ragged by eight senior students.

According to police, OS Avinash and eight other first year students were stripped and forced to perform hard physical exercises like push-ups for six hours and consume liquor mixed with an unidentified harmful powder.

Doctors say Avinash's kidneys had been damaged due to the harmful content in the liquor and he underwent dialysis three times after he was admitted. "Because of the severity of the exertion, the myoglobin (an oxygen-binding protein like haemoglobin) produced by his body caused kidney failure," Dr Abdul Shiji, General Manager of Mother Hospital in Thrissur, was quoted by NDTV as saying.

Avinash said all the nine juniors were stripped naked and 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 on the floor. Some of us were locked inside a closet and made to sing aloud... all this for around 5 hours till early morning," he told the news channel.

Two cases have been filed with the police and the eight senior students involved in the ragging are absconding now, police said. Repors said the students ave also been suspended from the institute.

Police said another ragging victim has been admitted to a private hospital in Ernakulam.

The state human rights commission has sought a report from the education department on the alleged ragging incident in Kottayam.

In another incident, a Kerala marine engineering student has reportedly attempted suicide after he was beaten up and mentally tortured by the seniors in the Cochin University of Science and Technology. Reports said the University has suspended three boys after the incident.