Gargi College Harassment Rocks Lok Sabha; Delhi Police Begins Probe (Image: Gargi College) (Photo Credit: File Photo)
A group of drunken men allegedly barged into the all-women Gargi College in Delhi on February 6 during a college fest and harassed students. However, a day after the students of all-women Gargi College narrated their ordeal on Instagram, the issue rocked Lok Sabha on Monday. Also, the National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken note of the serious charges made by the students of all-women Gargi College. The NCW has also sent its representatives to Gargi College to probe into the matter further. Meanwhile, the Delhi police has taken suo moto congnisance and immediately started investigating the case.
Replying to a question of Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi in Lok Sabha, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank stated that outsiders were behind the alleged molestation of students at an all-women college in Delhi and the administration of the institute has been told to take action.
"Those who were involved in the incident were outsiders and not students. It was not a good incident. The college administration has been told to take action in the incident," he added. It is worth mentioning here that many students on the page, 'speakupgargi', blamed the college union and the administration for "failing" to protect students and even demanded the resignation of the college principal.
A student, in an Instagram post, said: “The college fest was a traumatic experience. I was guarded by two male friends at the fest. But unfortunately lost them in the sea of men at the fest. In merely those 10 minutes, I was groped thrice by a group of men and when I realised what had happened, they laughed in my face.”
Another student shared on the Instagram page that two women students had panic attacks due to "harassment" they faced.
A first-year student claimed that a group of "five middle aged, drunk men cornered her and " tried to molest her" and there were men inside the crowd who were smoking weed.
Requesting anonymity, a student said, “The students’ union will be taking up the matter with the college administration on Monday. During the fest, the police and bouncers were present and were informed that there was overcrowding but they did not do anything to manage the crowd.”
In a statement, the Left-backed Democratic Students’ Federation (DSF) said, “Thursday saw the Gargi annual fest, Reverie happen in the college premises where the deliberate negligence on the part of the administration and the security led to a situation where a score of inebriated men were allowed to enter the campus and grope and harass the students.”
The outfit claimed students have also said these men were shouting “Jai Sri Ram” and holding saffron flags. The DSF also compared the incident to recent violence at the Jamia Millia Islamic and the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).