At least six first-year students have been mentally and physically harassed at the hands of their seniors at the Shahjalal University of Science and Technology (SUST).
The newcomers were victims of what is known as "rag culture." SUST has a zero-tolerance policy towards ragging, Vice-Chancellor Farid Uddin Ahmed said.
“Everyone involved with the incident will be punished,” he said.
The traumatized victims have been refusing to talk out of fear about their ordeal that lasted from 10pm Thursday (February 15) to Friday 6am.
Various sources say the newcomers, all from the 2017-18 session, were also physically assaulted as they declined to do what they were told by the seniors.
The freshers were forced to strip down, cover their privates with paper and take pictures. These photos were uploaded to the social media with obscene captions but were taken down several hours later, according to the sources.
The seniors, 19 of them from the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and another from Political Studies’ 2016-17 session, also threatened the victims about sharing the incident with others.
Several victims, who declined to be named, said they were too afraid to inform the university administration.
SUST Proctor Zahir Uddin Ahmed said the incident would be tabled at the disciplinary committee meeting.
“We will not accept any type of mental or physical torture on any student in the pretext of getting acquainted,” he said.