College life is very important in every body's life because it not only determines the future of a person but also is a time when most students understand the realities of life. But, do all students enjoy their campus life? According to the Sri Lankan universities, none of the students enjoy their campus life at least till the end of their first year. This is mainly because of ragging. What is ragging? Does it have any advantages? Is it important to a freshmen student? Well, these are the questions to which the Sri Lankan society is looking the answers for.
What is ragging? Ragging means causing, inducing, compelling or forcing a student, whether by way of a practical joke or otherwise, to do any act which detracts from human dignity or isolates his person or exposes him to ridicule or to forbear from doing any lawful act, by intimidating, wrongfully restraining, confining or injuring him or by using criminal force to him or by holding out to him any threat of such intimidation, wrongful restraint, confinement, injury or the use of criminal force. In plain English, it means plain bullying a new student. There are two kinds of ragging, one is verbal and the other is physical. Usually, the effect of verbal ragging is lesser than physical ragging and also it differs from person-to-person, ethnic-to-ethnic, and male to female. In most cases, ragging is determined by the behavior of a person before he or she comes to university. For example if a person has a big ego and thinks that he knows everything then he will face many problems until he changes his way of thinking.
The typical example of ragging girls are making them sing, dance, saying 'I love you' to a stranger, wearing unmatched shoes and ugly looking dresses. The typical example of ragging guys are making him have a bath early in the morning in ice cold water when the temperature outside is below 15 degree Celsius, removing the guys pants and making them run around the university with only an underwear on and tying their shoes on to their head.