She told media that she had been facing ragging since she joined college.

news Ragging Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 13:47

A 19-year-old nursing student hailing from Edappal in Kerala was admitted to Kozhikode medical college after being allegedly ragged by her seniors.

Ashwathy, a first year nursing student in a college in Karnataka was ragged by her seniors on May 9.

According to reports, a group of eight senior students-also Malayalees- forced the girl to drink phenyl, following which, she vomited blood. Other students then took the girl to a hospital in Karnataka, where she underwent treatment for some time.

As her condition did not improve, the girl’s parents first shifted her to a hospital in Edappal and then to Thrissur, before admitting her to Kozhikode medical college.

The girl told media that she was forced to drink phenyl mixed with acid, as a result of which, her esophagus was severely damaged.

Reports say that Ashwathy, who belongs to a financially backward family joined Al Qamar nursing college in Gulbaraga five months ago. She told media that she had been facing ragging since she joined college. 

Reports say that though the girl’s family had lodged a complaint at a police station in Gulbarga, the police officials were unable to record her statement, as she was not in a position to talk.

Meanwhile, Kerala culture minister AK Balan informed that the government would ask the Karnataka government to look into the matter on an urgent basis. He also informed that the Kerala government will take care of the girl’s treatment expenses.

The girl’s family alleged that college authorities neither enquired about her well-being nor took any action against the students involved in ragging.