The institution will take stern action against the offenders. The cardinal points contained in the act are furnished below for
information of the concerned.


(a) The Act may be called the Kerala Prohibition of Ragging Act 1998.
(b) It extends to the whole of the State of Kerala.


“Ragging ” means display of disorderly conduct, doing any act which causes or is likely to cause physical or psychological
harm or raise apprehension or fear or shame or embarrassment to a student in any, educational institution and includes
a) teasing, abusing of, playing practical jokes on or causing hurt to such student; or
b) asking the student to do any actor perform something which such student will not in the ordinary course willingly do.



Ragging within or outside any educational institution is prohibited.


Whoever directly or indirectly commits, participates in, abets or propagates ragging within, or outside, any educational
institution, shall, on conviction, be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extent to two years and shall also be
liable to a fine which may extend to ten thousand rupees.


Any student convicted of an offense under section 4 shall also be dismissed from the educational institution and such student
shall not be admitted in any other educational institution for a period of three years from the date of order of such


  1. Whenever any student or, as the case may be, the parent or guardian or a teacher of an educational institution complains, in
    writing, of ragging to the head of the educational institution, the head of that educational institution shall, without
    prejudice to the foregoing provisions, within seven days of the receipt of the complaint, enquire into the matter
    mentioned in the complaint and, if, prima facie, it is found true, suspend the student who is accused of the offence, and
    shall, immediately, forward the complaint to the police station having jurisdiction over the area in which the educational
    institution is situated for further action.
  2.  Where, on enquiry by the head of the educational institution, it is proved that there is no substance prima facie in the
    complaint received under sub-section (1), he shall intimate the fact, in writing, to the complainant.
  3.  Copy of the prohibition of Ragging act 1998 will be available in the institution for reference. The applicants as well as
    his/her parent/guardian are required to furnish declaration on the awareness of the provisions of the Act in the
    application form.