TEASING, RAGGING AND BULLYING -HOW TO TACKLE THESE?
These three, teasing, ragging and bullying are closely interlinked. Teasing is defined as playfully making fun of the other. It is there in every school at every nook and cranny. The motive behind it is, just for the heck of it. Children, whose mind is yet to be matured, make fun of anything that looks odd, or at anyone who is a fatso, or a dwarf. This type of kidding is only momentary. One can ignore when being teased. But if it persists, it needs to be stopped. Eve teasing is one kind.
Ragging is yet another kind, mostly prevailing in colleges. Ragging also means rebuke; criticize or reprimand sharply. The difference between teasing and ragging is that, unlike the school level students, it (ragging) could be funny and humiliating to the others. There are many instances. Once, a first year student was asked to sing an elegy, as if someone in his family is dead! At another time, a new student was asked to dance! Yet another incident is harsh. A senior student thrust a burning cigarette in a girl’s hand and she was forced to smoke!
Bullying refers to ‘a person who deliberately intimidates another who is physically weaker.’ This can be seen in colleges and in some workplaces, too. The idea behind it is to showcase one’s strength to all others as if he was unbeatable. But psychologist says that the bullies are rather cowardice by nature! But in order to hush up their own weakness, they behave like this. This can be seen when one watches a bully.
These bullies can be compared with the nonpoisonous snakes that hiss like poisonous ones to scare the people away!
It is time the bullies understood that everything has limits, even patience of a good natured person. Richardson said, “Beware of the fury of a patient man!”
If one continues to worry you, tell him this, “Look friend, I still have some respect for you. Better stop your funny acts from today!”
This has magical effect. From that day he will behave with you all right.