New Delhi: The alleged mass molestation incident at Delhi University’s (DU) Gargi College has triggered massive outrage with the Centre on Monday admitting that the men who barged into the university campus were indeed ‘outsiders.’ The students too staged a protest against the incident.
Here are top developments that have taken place in connection with the case, today:
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said in the Lok Sabha that those who entered the university were ‘outsiders.’ Calling it ‘not right,’ he further said that the college authorities had been directed to look into the incident.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) took suo moto cognisance of the case. An NCW team also visited the campus today.
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW), too, took suo moto cognisance, with DCW chief Swati Maliwal paying a visit to the campus. “We will issue notices to Delhi Police and college administration,” she said.
A Delhi Police team also arrived at the university to check the CCTV footage. Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Geetanjali Khandelwal, will lead the inquiry. The police, however, maintained that it was yet to receive a complaint with regards to the alleged incident.
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, who faces an election result tomorrow, called the incident ‘sad’ and ‘distressing.’ “This can’t be tolerated. The accused should be arrested and made to face the law. We need to ensure that our students are safe in colleges and universities,” he tweeted.
Earlier, AAP Rajya Sabha MP, Sanjay Singh, a party colleague of the Chief Minister, gave Zero Hour Notice to discuss the issue in the House.
Around 100 students staged a protest inside the university today. The college, too, admitted laxity and issued an apology to the students.
The students alleged that on February 6, on day three of the college’s annual fest Reverie, a group of ‘middle-aged’ men, who they said were pro-CAA protesters, barged inside the university and molested the attendees.
The men, according to students, were waving saffron flags and raising slogans of ‘Jai Shri Ram.’ Delhi Police and RAF personnel, stationed outside the university, say reports, didn’t come to students’.
The incident came to light only on Sunday when accounts of the ordeal, posted by students, as well as videos of the alleged incident, went viral on social media.