Legal actions to be taken for bullying, ragging

Legal action will be taken against anyone- student, teacher or staff of any educational institution if they found to be involved directly or indirectly in bullying or ragging.

In this regard, the government has formulated a new policy titled 'Educational Institution Bullying or Ragging Prevention Policy 2023', according to an education ministry notification.

Actions will be taken as per existing criminal law under the policy which will be applicable to all educational institutions across the country, it said.

If the president or members of the managing committee or governing body of the institution are involved in ragging, action will be taken in the same way, it added.

Each institution has been asked to form a bullying and ragging prevention committee consisting three to five members immediately so that necessary actions can be taken if anyone found to be involved in bullying or ragging.

Ministry asked the educational institutions to organise anti-ragging campaign program and making and publishing films, cartoons, banners, festoons and online posters featuring the consequences of ragging and bullying.

Besides, educational institutions have been asked not to arrange any kind of programme or conduct any kind of tasks that fuels bullying or ragging and to set up CCTV camera in the places where ragging or bullying likely to occur.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha