MALACCA: Ten seniors implicated in a ragging incident at Universiti Putra Malaysia have come forward to ask forgiveness from the parents of the freshmen.
MIC Youth deputy chief R. Thinalan said six of the parents accepted the apology and were awaiting response from another father.
“I spoke to the seniors and they admitted to the ragging but they claimed they never went overboard by forcing them to perform lewd gestures.
“They were distressed as their reputation has been marred by the allegation,” he said yesterday.
On Tuesday, seven UPM freshmen alleged that they were abused by 10 seniors, including being forced to strip and perform lewd acts on each other during ragging at the university hostel.
In the incident that allegedly happened from midnight to 4am last Thursday, the freshmen claimed they were forced to strip down to their underwear while their seniors took pictures of them.
They were then allegedly forced to perform lewd gestures, including grabbing each other’s private parts and touching their nipples while dancing to music.
Thinalan said the parents of the freshmen wanted him to settle the matter amicably without getting the seniors suspended because they would be sitting for a major examination soon.
“They are willing to forgive and forget after the seniors repented over their actions. MIC Youth will arrange for the meeting with one more parent to close the chapter,” he said.
One of the seniors told The Star that only one of the freshmen was adamant about punishment for the alleged abuse. He said they never went overboard.
“We know our boundaries and the consequences of severe ragging.”