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18 deaths and one conviction: Filipino justice system and hazing


ON Feb. 10, 1991, two days after undergoing initiation rites in the hands of his Aquila Legis fraternity brothers, 22-year old Ateneo Law School student Leny Villa passed away. The tragic death of Leny Villa led to the birth of the Anti-Hazing law in 1995. Yet, according to CNN Philippines, in the last 22 years since the Anti-Hazing Law was passed, there have been 18 deaths, 393 suspects and just 1 conviction.

By Hank Nuwer

Hank Nuwer is the Indiana-based author of Hazing: Destroying Young Lives; Broken Pledges: The Deadly Rite of Hazing, High School Hazing, Wrongs of Passage and The Hazing Reader. He has written articles or columns on hazing for the Sunday Times of India, Toronto Globe & Mail, Harper's Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, The Chronicle of Higher Education and the New York Times Sunday Magazine. His new book is Hazing: Destroying Young Lives from Indiana University Press.

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