Ragging in India is a damaging form of interaction of the seniors in college or school with the juniors, newcomers or first years. It is similar to but not the same as hazing in the United States, it is not an initiation. It involves insults (simple or suggestive sexual, sarcastic and even physical), running errands for seniors, and many other complex activities. Highly reputed Indian colleges have a wistful history of ragging especially Medical colleges. It has become increasingly unpopular due to several complaints of serious injury to the victims and strict laws regarding ragging. Ragging is now defined as an act that violates or is perceived to violate an individual student's dignity.

Following Supreme Court orders a National Anti-Ragging Helpline was launched by the Indian Government. Students being ragged send emails at to register their complaint,which can be registered without disclosing the name(s) of the victim(s). If the students wants, he or she may even complain without disclosing his or her name,by making an anonymous email id, or by calling the helpline number 1800-180-5522. Effective action is taken by the helpline for the complaints registered to it.

Cause Imprisonment upto Fine Name
Teasing and Embarrassing and Humiliation 6 Months Rs. 1000/-
Assaulting or using criminal force or criminal intimidation 1 Year Rs. 2000/-
Wrongfully restraining or confining or causing hurt 2 Years Rs. 5000/-
Causing grievous hurt kidnaping or rape or committing unnatural offence 5 Years Rs. 10,000/-
Causing death or abetting suicide 10 Years Rs. 50,000/-