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Buet sets punishment for ragging, involvement in student politics

  • Published at 10:50 am December 3rd, 2019
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Anti ragging sign in a Buet hall Rajib Dhar/Dhaka Tribune

The university authorities issued a notice in this regard on Monday

The authorities of Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (Buet) have categorized offences, along with punishments, for students found involved in ragging and political activities in the university.

The university authorities issued a notice in this regard on Monday.

The offender(s), who are found guilty of ragging that leads to death, serious bodily harm, any form of disability, permanent mental imbalance or trauma, or disruption of the academic life of a fellow student, will be expelled from the university permanently, the notice said.

The university law officer will also file a case following due process in connection with the incident, it said.

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In the case of ragging involving verbal or physical abuse, extortion or financial hardship, shaming, temporary psychological harm, humiliation, threatening, or any other offence deemed by the authorities as gross misconduct, the offender(s) will be issued a warning or imposed fine.

Moreover, he or she will be suspended "from the hall for good up to academic withdrawal / barring for a period," the notice said.

In addition, the offender(s) will have to go through psychological or social counselling for a period suggested by the university counsellor prior to resuming academic life, it said.

The offender(s), who are found physically present during ragging or passively participating in the offence, compelling a fresher to do odd jobs, or committing any offence considered by the authorities as minor misconduct, will be issued a warning or fined, or suspended from the hall of residence for a period.

In the case of political involvement, if the offender is found directly or indirectly conveying his or her involvement in politics (through any media), holding political posts or conducting political activities (including campaigning, participating in processions, meetings, putting up graffiti or posters, etc) in the university or associating the name of the university,  he or she will be warned, fined, suspended for any length of time, expelled permanently from the university. Forcing or inducing or inspiring others to take part in the aforementioned activities will be also entail the same punishment.

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With the latest step of categorizing offences along with penalties, the university authorities met all the three demands the students were pressing for after the gruesome murder of fellow student Abrar Fahad.

On November 27, Buet expelled 26 students on different terms -- nine of whom were expelled from their respective dormitories for life -- over ragging allegations.

Abrar, a student of Electrical and Electronic Engineering Department, was beaten to death by Chhatra League men inside the university's Sher-e-Bangla Hall in the early hours of October 7.

Earlier on November 21, the university authorities expelled 26 students for life, 25 of whom were accused of being involved in the Abrar's murder.

On November 13, police submitted a charge sheet against 25 Buet students -- most of whom were Bangladesh Chhatra League leaders and activists -- in a case filed by Abrar's father.