Indians with social woes rag harshly
By K. Baradan and Frederick Fernandez
PETALING JAYA: The ragging incident in Universiti Putra Malaysia is
"There are many such problems in the secondary schools and it has
Samy Vellu also urged parents not to stop sending their children
"It is really difficult to get a place in the universities," he said adding that the authorities were already taking action to control ragging.
He blamed social problems, broken families and lack of parental guidance as reasons for the "unruly" behaviour of some Indian youths.
The university's deputy vice-chancellor (students affairs department)
"I think it has to do with social status as Indian seniors, particularly
He added that these students also behaved in a rowdy manner during the orientation week.
"We had a special briefing session just for the Indians warning them of the consequences of ragging, including expulsion," said Prof Rahim, who is heading the inquiry into the incident.
UPM was earlier hit by such a ragging incident that led to the expulsion of three final year students in 1989 and the suspension of two others.
In that incident the seniors ordered a "helicopter spin" by tieing
Meanwhile, academics and social scientist also say that the high incidence of Indian students involved in ragging -- both as victims and perpetrators -- could be connected to their socio-economic background.
"The raggers often have a low self esteem and suffer from a general
Dr Marimuthu, who handled ragging cases while lecturing in Universiti
He stressed that only a small minority of Indian students were involved
Another social scientist, Dr Denison Jayasooria said ragging had to do with issues of "power" because some Indians come from "oppressed and depressed" backgrounds and often had an urge to "dominate."
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