New Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday sent all 10 accused in the alleged ‘mass molestation’ at Delhi’s Gargi College cultural fest to 14-day judicial custody. The case was registered in Hauz Khas police station and 11 teams were working on the case to identify the suspects.
Earlier today, a Supreme Court bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde dismissed lawyer ML Sharma’s petition for CBI probe in the incident and directed him to move the Delhi High Court with his plea instead for seeking an urgent hearing at the top court.
“If they (High Court) dismiss the petition then you come here,” the bench, also comprising justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant, said.
A complaint was registered on February 6 when a group of men broke into Gargi College during their ‘Reverie’ Fest and allegedly groped, harassed and molested the attendees. The women at the fest claimed that security officials were well aware of the situation but they just kept watching when the incident took place.
The incident stormed up on social media platforms after some students took to Instagram to narrate their unpleasant experience and alleged that security personnel were negligent in controlling the unruly groups.
Subsequently, the Delhi Police has registered the case under IPC sections 452 (house-trespass after preparation for hurt, assault or wrongful restraint), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention).