Violent hazing by university law school students
JIMBARAN: Accusations of violent hazing during university orientation programs are back in the news.
Last Saturday, several senior students from Udayana University’s Law School in Jimbaran beat new students. The victims fought back and a fight almost erupted, stopped only by the quick action of another committee.
The orientation program had started at 6:30 a.m. Meanwhile, at 3.35 p.m., the law school’s orientation committee grew angry when their new students failed to line up neatly, with some students busy on their cell phones and one falling asleep.
One member of the committee screamed at the student who had fallen asleep in his ear. Other committee members joined in. The student protested, saying his ear hurt when they shouted as he had had an operation on it.
Witnesses to the attack reported that the committee member who had started the incident was using foul language and behaving very roughly around the new students and smelt strongly of arak.
Apparently, the law school is well known for sadistic hazing.
Meanwhile, Udayana University third vice rector, I Nyoman Suyatna, denied the beating had happened, stating that he had been on campus that Saturday.
He also denied that the committee would have smelt of alcohol.
“It’s not possible that they [the committee] were drinking, they were busy all day. No, it’s not possible,” he said, stating that perhaps it was sweat that had been detected, not arak.
University rector, Ketut Suastika, remained neutral, saying if such a thing was proven to have happened, the university would take action. “If it did happen, it’s not right,” he stated.
The faculty orientation program will continue from Sept. 11-13.