Que 1) Raju Rastogi is a second year student in an engineering college. He belongs to a poor family and is the
only hope for a bright future for his family. A fight has broken out between two groups of students on some
minor personal issue in college. Raju along with his friends is part of one of these groups. The fight has led to the
destruction of college property and has brought bad name to the reputed college.
Raju has been caught red handed while damaging the college property by the administration but because of his
good academic record has been offered a deal. If Raju admits his mistake and also becomes the witness against
his friends, he will not rusticated and only minor punishment will be given to Raju’s friends who are the regular
offenders and college administration is just looking for a chance to expel them from the college.
What are the different options which Raju has and what decision will be the most correct one in this situation?
Give appropriate reasons for the choice Raju shall make?
Ethical issues involved:
Temperance and Emotional Intelligence: Minor personal issues must be solved at the personal level and
should not be allowed to grow into a fight
Duty to safeguard one’s college from loss of property and reputation
Your own wellbeing versus Fraternity and loyalty towards friendship
Responsibility towards family
Co-operation with college administration to expel regular offenders
Crisis of Conscience
Educational institution as common good
Raju has the following options:
1. Accept the deal:
Co-operation with college administration in maintaining discipline
Hope of better future for the poor family
Acceptance of his mistake
Disloyalty towards friend
Crisis for conscience for deceiving friends for whom he was fighting with others
May face hostility in future for breaking up the fraternity of student community
2. Not accept the deal:
He will not lose his integrity which will be a lifelong asset
He will learn to defend what he fights for and fight only for what he can defend
Since he is bright student he can find ways to complete his degree later and yet keep his values intact
College may rusticate him too
Emotional suffering to the family which is already poor
Future of Raju and his family will suffer
Non-cooperation with college administration
Considering the above reasoning Raju should not accept the deal to-
Not lose his self- respect, dignity and integrity
Learn to stand for what he believes
But since he has been caught red handed while damaging the college property, he must accept his mistake and
should apologize for it. He should also show intellectual courage by facing the punishment for what he has done.
The situation can also be used to reform his friends. He can persuade the college administration to give one more
chance to his friends. He should also try to convince his friends to accept their mistake and face punishment for it.