LONDON: A recent video is making rounds on social media platforms in which Indian Army cadets can be seen being savagely beaten with a stick by officers.
The video has sparked off a debate across social media.
The video was posted by Vaneet Gupta on Facebook, shows cadets being beaten up with a stick and rope on their backside, with their heads placed between another official’s legs.
While some argued the practice was a way of “toughening up” juniors, others questioned the actions on grounds that ragging of any sort was intolerable.
“There has to be a zero-tolerance policy towards any form of ragging. Maybe in some units, depending on the nature of those in charge, some informal ragging happens but it’s not something that can be legitimised. This can leave open a space for sadism disguised as ‘toughening up’ of cadets and raw recruits,” Air Vice Marshal (retired) Kamal Khanna, who served as the Deputy Commandant of the National Defence Academy (NDA), in Pune, in the early 90s, said.
Though military academies more often than not use such techniques to ‘toughen’ up new recruits, whether or not the practice is ethical is questionable.
“If a recruit does not perform well, then punching them is common. Some of these techniques are required in a military academy to toughen them up,” a lady flight lieutenant serving in the Indian Air Force, said on condition of anonymity.
This article originally appeared on The Quint