New Delhi: In a horrendous incident which happened in Delhi University’s Gargi College during their annual fest Reverie into their premises on February 6, the students have alleged drunk men barged in and harassed, molested the woman students.
The students have said that the men, who were outsiders, broke into the college and groped the students, locked them in washrooms and misbehaved with them.
In a social media post that has now gone viral, the students of Gargi College have said, “There were drunk, middle-aged men harassing us, molesting us and masturbating at us… I was groped thrice by a group of men inside that crowd and when I screamed they laughed…”.
Mayhem happened at #GargiCollege today and literally no one is talking about it. Our girls were assaulted by drunk men. Amplify, take it to right channels please. @richa_singh @iamrana @abhisar_sharma @aaqibrk @hussainhaidry @tanwer_m pic.twitter.com/XXyDaVGVeQ
— Saumya Kulshreshtha (@Saumyakul) February 8, 2020
Not only this, in some of the other reports and posts on social media, there is another narrative going on in which some of them have claimed that there were chants of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ from the crowd and some students have alleged that the outsiders who barged into the college were participating in a pro-CAA rally nearby when they entered the college and harassed the students.
When Newsd got in touch with a final-year undergraduate student of the college, who was also the eye-witness of the incident, she said, there were no such chants of ‘Jai Shree Ram’ heard by her from the crowd.
She also said, “This was not the first time such incident has happened, last year also a similar case has happened and in light of which we had filed an official complaint with the ICC (Internal-Complaint Commission) of the college but no such action was taken by them, Moreover, ICC was nullified and became redundant.”
“This time we decided that there will be a pass system for the males and girls can show their college ID and can come. It was also decided that after 4:30 pm the entry will be blocked but 3 pm onwards people started entering the college in huge crowd and gates were opened, there were no bouncers and security on the gate. People were entering and more than 6,000 people were there on the campus.”
She also told about reaching out to the principal of the college in the matter, she was quoted as saying, “we went to the principal and told us that people are harassing us, groping us in the campus please do something about it.”
The student told the principal was quoted as saying, “If you feel so unsafe during the fest then why do you come to attend it.”
The third-year student also raised concern over not having a proper ICC (Internal-Complaint Commission) for such activities. She also said that there were no elections happened for such committee ever since she has joined college.
In light of the whole incident which took place, the students of Gargi has staged a protest in the campus itself to fight back at the incident which happened.
When we asked the final-year student about the protest and their expectations from it, she said, “Yes, the protest is very much happening in the campus tomorrow and it will only be for the students of the college. We are expecting accountability from the administration side so as to such incidents doesn’t happen again. Also, we want to know about the expenses which they have laid on the security for the fest and where it went wrong.”
“We want a safe fest or we don’t want the fest to happen because if the admin cannot provide safety then there is no point keeping such fests, she added.
On being asked about the student union role in the whole incident, she said, “The student union tried their best to control the mayhem which happened but at the end of the day they are too 20-year-old students like us.”
Newsd also reached out to the student union PRO and president but they remained unavailable for the comment.