NCC Cadets Beaten With Stick By Senior Student

Shocking video emerges on social media showing NCC cadets subjected to physical abuse during training.

The National Cadet Corps (NCC) is the youth wing of the Indian Armed Forces. It is open to school and college students on a voluntary basis as a Tri-Services Organisation, comprising the Army, the Navy and the Air Force, aims to develop the youth of the country into disciplined and patriotic citizens. Joshi Bedekar College in Maharashtra’s Thane district runs a big National Cadet Corps (NCC) unit along with sister concerns — Bandodkar College. The physical training of this NCC unit usually takes place on the campus of Joshi Bedekar College. A student of Bandodkar College who was a senior NCC cadet has been suspended. This is because a purported video of him assaulting NCC cadets emerged on social media. Some NCC cadets are seen in push-up position in a water-logged area with their feet and head touching the ground and hands folded above the back. A man holding a stick stood behind them. Then whack, he hits all of them one by one. He hit the NCC cadets on their backs for not being able to carry out his challenging drill. Some of the cadets were seen crying due to the beating. A student of the college took the video from behind a window. Confirming that the video Principal Dr Suchitra Naik said that the administration has taken cognisance of the incident and action is being taken. “The student has been identified as a science stream student from Bandodkar College, I have communicated it to the administration of that college and the student has been suspended. We also want to appeal to students to reach out to the administration, without any fear. If the victims of such behaviour or those who shot the video had approached us, we would have immediately taken action,” She added, "NCC training has been taking place here for almost 40 years. The NCC instructor for this unit was transferred recently. In the absence of the teacher, a senior cadet taking over led to this incident. It is evident that what the student did, only mentally ill people can do.” She added there is a greater need to sensitize students against such aggressive behaviour. Meanwhile, students and parents refrained from speaking about the incident, hoping that the college administration will take necessary action against the guilty.