Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Who decides..

What is right and what is wrong? And should a punishment be so strong that it could possibly ruin the future of a young, budding student just to prove your point? Dear readers, if there are any i.e., I want you to pass this on to as many people as you could..

Jacob Kurian, Semester Vth student of SRM University , Chennai happened to go to a senior’s room to borrow a book (his exams were around the corner) when they were ragging a junior. The seniors actually slapped that poor kid and Jacob was unfortunately present at that time. And guess what, as he didn’t go “report” this incident to the authorities, he has been suspended for a year. One whole year!

Honestly speaking, how many of us would get up and go and report such an incident at that very moment? I don’t know if I would. (I want to make myself very clear on the fact that I do not subscribe to any form of ragging.) I know that what happened to the poor fresher was a really bad thing, but to suspend a bright student (Jacob’s GPA: 7.9) for not having gone and reported this case just to prove a point (that the college is very strict when it comes to such things) is simply appalling. His internal exams were one week after he was suspended and he cannot take them. That means the efforts of one whole semester gone down the drain. I want to ask the authorities in question: Is this some kind of cruel joke that you are playing with this child? It is his bludy future you are playing with! Good you show such discipline when it comes to ragging and all, but then there is a thin line between making the “right” or the “wrong” decision.

His elder brother was in Chennai for two days and tried to convince the authorities (the principal it seems didn’t even look him in the eye and did not meet him) to revoke their decision. He wrote to all the email-ids he found on their website. But it was all in vain, they are adamant.

I personally know Jacob and I know that he is a good, god-fearing kid who would do no harm. Why should things be so bludy unfair?He is planning to take up a call center job for a year. Now tell me, how much worse can things get?If he applies to a job or for higher education, they will definitely question him and perhaps reject him too on the grounds of his break in education and too because of a case that involved ragging. What did the boy do to deserve this..and that too when he did no harm.

Could you guys come up with some suggestions which could help the authorities revoke their decidion? Please..thanks a ton:)!

12 comments:

Anonymous said...

i think jacob is brave person, he seems ok even his semester is lost, some people can't take things that easy, i think its better if jacob remains calm for one sem, instead of going crazy, my advice is go on in peaceful way.

Anonymous said...

I guess strike or boycotting is one of the ways..though maynot sound healthy but is like braille for blind ppl (read:coll authority here)....

Anonymous said...

was the kid being slapped "a bade baap ka beta".. bhai tab to mushkil hai....

Nambiar said...

So, completely into social blogging huh.. Cool..

Is there any way we can save this guy? I think some political string pulling will be required to get him out of this..

Anybody knows thalaivar?

the mad momma said...

this is the most unreasonable thing i've heard in a long time. what do they hope to achieve by punishing him? what punitive action has been taken against the raggers, by the way? this sounds ridiciulous...

Sandeep said...

Ask him not to give up... Fight till he gets the permission. One year is a real long time.

File a complaint, get his parents to college, demonstrate a protest, talk to the junior who complained, get the people who ragged to convince the principal.

Do everything you can!

sandeep said...

So what happened?

Caliph Obi Hint Jump said...

Ever seen "Scent of a Woman"?

I don't really like strikes or anything like that, but the court might be a good option. Is there any specific Jerry Seinfeld-"Good Samaritan"-like (Wow, I watch too much TV!) law in India that requires everybody to report every potential breach of the law to the authorities? I think it would be a good idea for Jacob to get a good lawyer, and start legal action against the university. And get the help of the media. With some work, a case like this can get a lot of publicity, especially over the internet. Use it. Try to get Barkha Dutt to discuss the issue on We, The People.

Frankly, I find the issue hard to believe. If true, it is appalling, I don't think it would be too hard for Jacob to get out of this mess..

Dip Tea said...

Update: Well, the update is that there is no update. Kuch bhi nahi hua. Jacob's suspended.

@the mad momma: the raggers were also suspended for a year..

whoknowswhoiam? said...

Why didn't he file a case? I think thats the last course of action if there is no politics in his college or students union. Otherwise he will have to accept the fact and move on. Can even try something munnabhai style if nuthin works out.. but i think in any case if the princy is adamant and full of himself there is very little use bothering.

Hope he gets a break somehow.

Do update on what happens..

Joey said...

itz all kool...

1) jacob will learn kool impressive junkie stuff he wuldnt learn if he wuldnt hav been suspended
2) he'll meet some cool chix in his junior batch who'll have MAJOR sympathy for him
3) He'll fall in love
4) They'll fall in love
5) He'll get married (2 one of them of course...unless hes a sheik)
6) He'll have a bunch of happy kids who wouldnt be forced to go to SRM college when they grow up...
7) Principal wuld be bladdy jealous dat jacob got such a cool chick for a wife whereas his own wife is an old crone wid no teeth...
8) principal curses everyday of his sorry life
9)Jacob enjoys the beautiful hillside home in shimla (coz dats where his wife is 4m)
10) and they'll all live happily ever after

whats the problem?

Jagjit said...

That is totally wrong and unfortunate. I think people who are feeling the same way as you should hold a protest or something. Maybe that'll help.