Seven students pursuing engineering at PSG College of Technology on Avinashi Road in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, are in police custody for their alleged involvement in a distressing ragging incident. The victim, Rubak Varma, a first-year engineering student from Tiruppur residing in the college hostel, faced severe mistreatment by the accused. The incident unfolded on Monday, November 6, and the police have identified the accused as Dharanitharan, Venkatesh, Madhavan, Mani, Ayyappan, Santhosh, and Yalish. Among them, Dharanitharan and Venkatesh are second-year students, while Madhavan and Mani are in their third year. The remaining accused are in their final year of engineering.
According to reports, the accused students demanded money from Rubak Varma on Monday evening for purchasing liquor. Upon his refusal, they physically assaulted him, forcibly took him to their room, and allegedly confined him until Tuesday morning. During this period, the victim was subjected to a humiliating attack, stripped naked, and had his head shaved with a trimmer—an act purportedly recorded on the assailants’ phones.
After being released from their room, Rubak Varma shared the harrowing details with his parents, prompting them to rush to Coimbatore. They filed a complaint with the college administration and formally lodged a police complaint at the E2 Peelamedu police station. On the night of Tuesday, November 7, the police acted promptly and arrested the accused students based on the filed complaint.
The accused face charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, including voluntarily causing hurt, voluntarily causing hurt by the use of a dangerous weapon, punishment for wrongful confinement, unlawful assembly, assaults or the use of criminal force, and criminal intimidation. Additionally, they are charged under Section 4 of the Tamilnadu Ragging Prohibition Act 1997, which prescribes penalties of up to two years of imprisonment and a fine of up to Rs 10,000. This incident highlights the pressing need for stringent measures against ragging in educational institutions.