APWWS lauds Changlang dist admin for rapid response through issuance of ‘anti-ragging’ rules

ITANAGAR, Jul 9: Following an unfortunate incident of bullying & ragging at a school in Changlang district that recently ‘rocked’ the State, the Changlang District Administration has come up with a rapid response by initiating stern “corrective” measures in place.

This “development” has been made possible, thanks to swift & sharp reactions shown by the Singpho Women Organisation, India, and the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (Central Executive Committee).  

This outcome comes in the backdrop of a team of SWO, India visiting the school (Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Bordumsa in Changlang district) that hogged the headlines for wrong reasons. The team led by SWO president Pisilu Singpho and comprising SWO secretary general-cum-APWWS CEC advisor Pinna Kitnal M Singpho & APWWS Miao unit president Nitu Singpho, during its visit to the school post the incident of ragging, interacted with the JNV, Bordumsa Principal and enquired about the ‘regrettable’ episode.  

Meanwhile, in a letter shot to Changlang Deputy Commissioner, APWWS (CEC) president Kani Nada Maling, on behalf of the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (APWWS), the apex women’s organization of the State, extended heartfelt gratitude to the DC for the prompt action taken to address the issue of bullying and ragging recently reported in a school within his jurisdiction.

“The prompt action and the release of the Anti-Ragging Guidelines by the District Administration, a first of its kind in the State, will set a precedent for other districts to follow. We congratulate you on this significant achievement,” stated the APWWS.

The APWWS said: “Your proactive approach through the District Administration has greatly motivated the Women NGOs who work tirelessly and voluntarily for the betterment of our society. The quick response to the concerns raised by the Singpho Women Organisation, India, and the Arunachal Pradesh Women’s Welfare Society (Central Executive Committee) led by our advisor, Pinna K M Singpho, is truly commendable.”

It added: “We have reviewed the anti-ragging guidelines issued by your office and greatly appreciate your efforts as an administrator to ensure that no ragging takes place in schools and hostel premises. Your enforcement of stringent anti-ragging measures and the implementation of deterrent punishments for offenders are vital steps in this direction.”

It also came up with a suggestion, saying “Regarding your guidelines, we suggest an addition to point no. 4 under clause (C): ‘If the wrongdoer is found to be a juvenile, he/she shall be dealt with as per the provisions of the JJ Act 2015’.”

The Society expressed: “We are also delighted to learn that, starting from the coming session, both students and parents will be required to sign anti-ragging undertakings.

Additionally, the formation of anti-ragging committees and squads in every school is a positive move that we fully support. These measures will help create a safer and more conducive study environment for our children.”