The recent fest season at Gargi college the University Of Delhi turned into a traumatising event for many of the girl students.
Since the third day at the annual fest of Gargi named Reverie, was to witness Singer Jubin Nautiyal live, a massive crowd was expected but not the shocking events that unfolded the very same day.
Instances of drunk men molesting the girl students, groping, masturbating at them and sexually harassing them have come forward.
There were middle-aged men who tried feeling up the bodies of the students and passing sexist and objectifying remarks at them and later blaming it on the intensity of the crowd.
Students have claimed that since it was the star night, a pass system was set up for the entry of male students into the campus.
The entry was supposed to end at 4:30 pm for males. But the gates were opened every 10 minutes after 3:30 pm letting the people without passes to enter and this process continued till 6:30 pm.
The shocking part is that the administration, security forces and the police didn’t seem to care about the fact that many men have entered the campus without passes and have climbed up the walls to get in along with many of them trying to break the gate.
How was such a mass of men allowed to enter when the administration claims to have set a security system to keep such activities in check?
Many of such unruly suspicious groups of men were waving their metro cards and driving licenses in order to enter.
Girls have experienced men trying to grab their butts, touching their boobs and later laughing at them from a distance claiming the lack of space to be the reason.
Students have taken to the online platforms like Instagram to narrate their horrifying incidents and pages like Dubeat, Duexpress, Dusays have put forward the same.
Students have claimed that there were men shouting ‘Jai Shri Ram’ and were also seen smoking weed inside the campus.
Signal issues in the campus seemed to add on to the miseries of the students as they couldn’t reach out to their friends who could get them in safe spaces or to just help them get out of the trauma of their experience.
Instances of students lying unconscious on the ground have come forward which implies that the intensity of shocks felt by such horrifying instances was real.
The students tried to report to their administration and the Internal Complaints Committee but nobody took immediate action.
The principal, Promila Kumar told the students that they shouldn’t come to fests if they feel unsafe and it was their personal choice if they were standing outside the barricades that provided space only to Gargians.
The students were really upset with such response and hence decided to organise a protest on the 10th of February. The students expressed their concerns as to how are they supposed to keep shut when their sacred institutions cannot provide them with security and a safe environment.
They have demanded the resignation of the principal along with the student union advisor. The Delhi Police has launched a probe to look into the matter and is scanning the CCTV footage.
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