Why Indian Parents Are Researching about 'Frat Parties' after a Student's Death at a U.S. University

Written on 01/30/2024
Asia91 Team

Suddenly, the  'fraternity parties,' also popularly known as   'frat parties,' became the talk of the town among desi Indians and South Asian people. This is primarily aimed at members who have college-going kids or whose kids are about to start college.


Last week was one of the most tragic weeks for students of Indian origin. One student was found dead due to cold weather, and another was brutally beaten to dealth by a homeless man. While many were grieving and feeling sad about these two incidents, a third death was reported. 


  • Neel Acharya, an Indian student at Purdue University who was majoring in both computer science and data science, was found dead after being reported missing on January 28 by his mother.


  • His body was discovered outside the Maurice J. Zucrow Laboratories at Purdue, and social media posts suggest this location matched his last known whereabouts. 


  • Remembered for his charisma and academic talent, Acharya was also a member of the Triangle Fraternity and received high praise for his kindness from the university faculty.



The cause of Neel's death remains a mystery, but the only known detail is that he was dropped off at the university by an Uber.


For a brief period, there was a post on social media, of which we don't have a copy, where someone speculated and somewhat theorized that he was coerced into drinking alcohol at a fraternity party. After leaving the party, he passed away, and law enforcement agencies are still investigating the case.


While Asia91 strongly discourages any rumors and linking of this death to a fraternity party, the word 'fraternity' has already gone viral among Desi Indian parents. Most of these parents either studied in India before moving to the U.S. or currently reside in India.


We wanted to provide some basic information about fraternity Parties.



Fraternity Parties in U.S. Colleges: A Brief Informtion for Someone from India:


Welcome to an interesting look into fraternity parties in U.S. colleges, something quite different from the college experience in India. Let's dive into what they are: the good, the bad, and even the messy parts.


What Are Fraternity Parties?


  • Fraternity parties are social gatherings hosted by fraternities, which are social organizations at many U.S. colleges.
  • They are known for their lively, sometimes wild, atmosphere.
  • These parties often include music, dancing, and a lot of socializing.


The Good:


  1. Networking and Socializing: They provide a great platform for students to meet new people and make friends.
  2. Stress Relief: A fun way to unwind after a week of studies.
  3. Cultural Exchange: For international students they offer a glimpse into American college culture.


The Bad:


  1. Excessive Drinking: Alcohol is a common feature at these parties, sometimes leading to excessive drinking.
  2. Peer Pressure: There's often pressure to conform to the partying norm, which might be uncomfortable for some.
  3. Noise and Disruption: These parties can be quite loud, potentially disturbing students who prefer a quieter environment.


The Messy:


  1. Safety Concerns: Accidents or unsafe situations can arise, especially when alcohol is involved.
  2. Behavioral Issues: Sometimes, parties get out of hand, leading to disruptive or disrespectful behavior.
  3. Legal Issues: Underage drinking or other illegal activities can lead to run-ins with campus or local law enforcement.


Notable Incidents:


  • Unfortunately, there have been instances where excessive drinking has led to accidents and, in extreme cases, fatalities.
  • Issues of consent and sexual assault have also been reported in the context of these parties.
  • Property damage is not uncommon, leading to disciplinary actions against the fraternity.


A Word of Caution:


  • If you decide to attend these parties, it's important to be aware of your limits, especially with alcohol.
  • Always prioritize your safety and well-being.
  • It's okay to say no and choose not to participate in activities that make you uncomfortable.


In conclusion, fraternity parties in the U.S. are a mix of fun, networking, and cultural experiences, but they come with their own set of challenges and risks. Understanding these aspects can help you make informed decisions about your participation in such social events.



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