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  1. Ragging

    Ragging is the term used for the so-called "initiation ritual" practiced in higher education institutions in South Asian countries, including India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The practise is similar to hazing in North America, bizutage in France, praxe in Portugal and other similar practices in educational institutions across the world. Ragging involves abuse, humiliation or harassment of new entrants or junior students by the senior students. It often takes a malignant form wherein the newcomers may be subjected to psychological or physical torture. In 2009, the University Grants Commission of India imposed regulations upon Indian universities to help curb ragging and launched a toll-free 'anti-ragging helpline'.Ragging is a subset of bullying. Unlike various complex forms of bullying, ragging is easily recognisable.


  1. ragging

    Ragging refers to a form of social interaction or initiation ritual, typically practiced in educational institutions such as colleges or universities, where older students subject new students to various forms of harassment, humiliation, or physical abuse, often as a means of asserting dominance or asserting a power imbalance. Ragging can involve verbal taunting, practical jokes, forced financial demands, physical punishment, or sexual harassment. It is often considered a harmful and unethical practice that can have negative psychological, emotional, and physical effects on the victims.

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  1. Ragging

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  1. Ragging

    Ragging is a practice similar to hazing in educational institutions. The word is mainly used in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Ragging involves existing students baiting or bullying new students. This phenomenon is similar to Fraternities and sororities in North America. It often takes a malignant form wherein the newcomers may be subjected to psychological or physical torture. Currently, Sri Lanka is said to be the worst affected country in the world.

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  1. Ragging

    In military parlance this word expresses the system of persecution by which an unpopular man suffers indignities at the hands of his comrades. It has the same meaning as the North Country “Rag,” to enrage or make angry, and “Bullyrag,” to administer a severe scolding. The latter, however, of which the former is an abbreviation, has not been derived from the Dutch bulderen, to scold or bully, as is generally supposed, but from the custom of the Spanish bullfighters of waving a red cloak in front of the bull in order to excite him to fury. This is the rag referred to. The corresponding United States term for “ragging” is “Hazing.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ragging in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ragging in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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