Delhi University’s Gargi College students have alleged that a group of drunken men broke in their college campus on 6th February during a college fest and molested and harassed the women students.
The students have said that the men, who were outsider, barged into the college and groped the students, locked them in washrooms and behaved badly with them.
The incident happened during the three day college fest ‘Reverie’. The students have claimed that the intruders who broke into the college were taking part in a pro-CAArally nearby when they got into the college and harassed the students.
2/n Being a girls college, its supposed to be a safe space for its students and women in general! By allowing random strangers in the campus we are just sending the message to them that we really dont give a shit about your safety. This is UNACCEPTABLE.— Waah Modi Ji Waah (@mojitoandfrappe) February 7, 2020
In a social media post, the students of Gargi College have stated, "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...".
Talking to India Today, a Gargi College student on condition of anonymity, "The men came in trucks and entered the campus around 4:30 pm during the fest. They continued to harass the girls for several hours and the ordeal continued till around 9 pm."
In another social media post it has been mentioned, "Girls were groped, locked in washrooms, stalked to the nearby Green Park metro, cat-called, eve-teased and misbehaved with during the festival."
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
College authorities are yet to file a police complaint and as per reports in Indian Express, acting principal Promila Kumar stated, The event was open for boys studying in other DU colleges. We had police, commandos and bouncers on campus, and staff was also on duty. There was an arena in the campus meant only for girls. If they were outside that, it was their personal choice."
Meanwhile, a student told IANS, "I can't confirm the allegations of molestation but a large a group of drunken men had dropped in and manhandled students."
"We will hold a discussion and stage a protest," the student said.
Talking to India Today, the students also stated that when the went to the college authorities on the day of the incident, they were asked not to attend college fest if they are "so scared about safety".