Ragging: Girl’s vocal cord damaged

VIZIANAGARAM: In a fallout of an alleged ragging incident, an Intermediate first-year student studying in a private college in Gotlam village, five km from Vizianagaram town, was hospitalized following severe damage to her vocal cord. The incident came to light after the victim, Boni Shamili, was admitted in ENT hospital in Visakhapatnam on Sunday. Her father lodged a complaint with the police.

The alleged ragging took place at the hostel of Gayatri Junior College at Gotlam in Bondapalli mandal on July 19. Shamili, who had taken admission last month, said she was ragged by a group of girls when she was alone in her hostel room on the night of July 19. In her written complaint to police, the 17-year-old student said she was attacked when her roommates had gone for dinner. There was power shutdown in the hostel at that time.

“They tried to throttle me with a rope. They also scratched my neck with a hair clip,” she said. The injury marks were visible on her throat. Shamili was too shocked to speak when her roommates returned. When she could not regain her voice for the next two days, her family took her to Visakhapatnam hospital on Sunday. Boni Venkata Ramana said his daughter was being harassed by her hostel mates for the past 10 days but the college management had remained deaf to her complaints. “When my daughter complained about the harassment, the management laughed it off saying that she suffers from illusions of ghosts and demons,” said Venkata Ramana. He said instead of taking action against the culprits, the college management tried to hush up the matter. “The warden told the college authorities that Shamili had complained about harassment by demons in the nights,” sources said.

“She is unable to speak right now. She has been kept under observation for three days. We are hopeful that Shamili would regain her voice,” Dr Ramakrishna Prasad said. Another doctor said that if the vocal cord was damaged severely, then the girl could lose her speech.

Sources said two girls among the 20-member batch in the hostel tried to smother her with a pillow around 7.30 pm on July 19. With no help from the college authorities, she wrote a letter to her parents about her plight. Her twin brother is also studying in Intermediate first year in the college and stays in the boys’ hostel.

The college management is tightlipped over the incident. The girl’s father works as a technician in the railways in Rayagada, Odisha.

Source: The Times of India

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