Thane College Student Suspended After Viral Video Shows Him Caning NCC Cadets
A college student in Thane has faced suspension following the circulation of a viral video on social media. The video, allegedly recorded by a fellow student, portrays a distressing incident during a physical training session at Joshi Bedekar College on a rainy day. In the video, eight NCC cadets are seen in a challenging situation, placed in a puddle with their heads positioned in the wet soil instead of using their hands for support. Positioned behind them, a senior NCC cadet wields a stick, sequentially striking each cadet for their inability to perform a demanding drill.
The cadets are compelled to maintain a push-up position in an area submerged in water, with their feet and heads touching the ground and hands resting on their backs. Any deviation from this posture results in the senior cadet lashing them with the stick, extending the punishment to others as well. An university senate member attributed this incident to the recent transfer of the NCC instructor for this unit, which led to senior cadets assuming authority in the absence of proper supervision.
Joshi Bedekar College, situated in Thane, oversees the NCC unit in collaboration with two sister institutions: Bandodkar College and VPM Polytechnic. The involved student, affiliated with Bandodkar College, has been suspended. The college's administration has acknowledged the occurrence and is implementing punitive measures and corrective actions in response.
Meanwhile, certain members of Mumbai University's senate have approached the vice chancellor, urging appropriate measures against the college principal for permitting students to take on instructional roles within the NCC program following the transfer of the original instructor to another college.