Himachal govt passes anti-ragging Bill



Shimla: The Hiamchal government today passed the Himachal Pradesh Educational Institutions (Prohibition of Ragging) Bill 2009 by a voice vote despite Congress MLAs asking for the bill to be referred to a select committee.

State Congress president Kaul SIngh Thakur asked for deleting a clause debarring a student found involbed in ragging from taking admission to any educational institution in the state. he said such a clause could defeat the fundamental right to education. Sukhwinder Singh Sukku of Congress stated that the proposed law could be misused as it was punitive in nature rather than reformative.