Mumbai, Jun 19: The Maharashtra government will take positive steps to strengthen the Anti-Ragging act with a view to check harassment of students in academic institutions, Minister of State for Home Ranjit Patil said in the state Assembly on Wednesday.
Despite the law already being in place, incidents like alleged suicide by junior doctor Payal Tadvi at a hospital here took place. However the state will try to strengthen the Anti-Ragging act," he said while replying to the issue raised by BJP member Atul Bhatkalkar through a calling attention notice in the House.
Mr Bhatkalkar demanded that the trial of three doctors -- accused of allegedly harassing Tadvi -- be expedited and that the Indian Penal Code section 302 (murder) also be invoked against them.
Responding to that, Mr Patil assured of stern action against the accused and said the Anti-Ragging Act would be strengthened and steps be taken to ensure such incidents do not happen in future.
Tadvi, a second-year gynaecology student, allegedly committed suicide in her hostel room on May 22. (UNI)