Students at the Delhi’s Gargi college were groped, molested and harassed by the group of drunken men who were outsiders at the college festival.
New Delhi| Women shared incidents of sexual harassment at Gargi College during its annual festival. Reports surfaced on social media of lack of security checks which led men (mostly non-students) to infiltrate the festival grounds and grope women.
At least six students from Delhi University’s Gargi College alleged that they were molested by unidentified men during their college fest ‘Reverie’ on Thursday, 6 February.
“Reverie was a traumatic experience for most of us. There were drunk middle-aged men harassing us and molesting us,” said one girl on her Instagram post. Students said they had reached out to the college authorities for help but didn’t find them responsive to the situation.
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.
Students took to social media platforms to narrate the ordeal faced by 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
— The Students' Press (@studentspress_) February 9, 2020
Gargi College authorities are yet to lodge a police complaint and according to a report in Indian Express, acting principal Promila Kumar said, “The event was open for boys studying in other DU colleges. We had police, commandos and bouncers on campus, and the 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 requesting anonymity 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.
Another student told The Quint that men who “were drunk and looked too old to be students” were also allowed to enter the fest. She also added that the security personnel present – from both the CRPF and the Delhi Police – did not help to control the crowd.