Over 100 students held a protest outside the gate of Gargi College on Monday.
The National Commission for Women (NCW) has taken cognizance of alleged sexual assault on students of Delhi's Gargi College for women by some unidentified men during their annual cultural fest last week. A team of the Commission visited the college on Monday amid the protest rally by the students.
Few students from the all-girls college alleged that they were sexually assaulted on campus during their annual cultural fest, 'Reverie', this week by men who forced their way in while security guards, while the police posted in the area did nothing.
A group of drunken men reportedly entered the college affiliated to Delhi University and manhandled the students.
"I can't confirm the allegations of molestation but a large group of drunken men had dropped in and manhandled students," a student requesting anonymity told news agency IANS.
Here are the Highlights of protests at Gargi College:
Will set up a security protocol: Gargi College principal
Principal of Gargi College, Dr Promila Kumar, tells news agency ANI: "The committee will prepare, in a time-bound manner, a report of the complaints for submission to the police, if complainants so desire. The students also have the option of approaching the ICC of Gargi College for confidential inquiry"
"The institute will file a report of complaints to the police at the earliest so perpetrators can be brought to justice. We'll set up a security protocol to ensure such incidents never take place again," she adds.
Delhi Commission for Women issues notices to Delhi Police, Gargi College
The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued notices to Delhi Police and Gargi College for their alleged inaction in the "molestation" of students by a group of men who had gatecrashed a cultural festival.
DCW Chief Swati Maliwal also spoke to several female students in the college about the incident.
Women's Commission summons principal of Gargi College
Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) summons the Principal of Gargi College, Dr Promila Kumar, asking her to appear before it on February 13 at 2:00 pm, reports news agency ANI.
Delhi Police register case in Gargi College incident
The Delhi Police has registered a case in connection with the alleged molestation of students during a cultural festival at the all-women Gargi College.
The police said they have received a complaint from the college authorities.
A case has been registered at the Hauz Khas police station 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).
Misbehavior with women students at Gargi College extremely unfortunate: Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said misbehavior with women students at Gargi College was "extremely unfortunate".
"The misbehavior with our daughters at Gargi College is extremely unfortunate. This cannot be tolerated at all. The culprits should be given stringent punishment. It should be ensured that the children studying in our colleges are safe," Arvind Kejriwal said in a tweet.
What happened in Gargi festival is disgusting: Manish Sisodia
Senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Manish Sisodia on Monday termed the alleged assault on the students of Gargi College "disgusting", saying fests give an opportunity to celebrate the cultural diversity and talent.
The college administration has been told to take action in the incident: Ramesh Pokhriyal
HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal "Nishank" on Monday said 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," Mr Pokhriyal said the government was aware of the incident at Gargi College during Question Hour
Action should be taken against those who did this: Delhi Commission for Women Chief
Students hold a meeting with the management
"We have put our demands before the management. The principal and proctor have asked for an hour. We are now waiting for their response," a student told news agency IANS, adding they are continuing the protest.
Many students on the college page, "speakupgargi", have blamed the union and the administration for "failing" to protect students and even demanded the resignation of the college principal.
Delhi Commission For Women Chief Swati Maliwal at Gargi College
The girls said no action was taken: Rekha Sharma, NCW Chairperson
"I read on social media that girls were molested and there was no step taken by the administration. I have sent a team and they wanted to talk principal and police. The girls said no action was taken," Rekha Sharma, NCW Chairperson said.
Congress candidate from Kalkaji constituency Shivani Chopra condemned the incident and arrived at Gargi College earlier today to express solidarity with the students.
"They are not letting me enter the campus. It's a shameful incident. Chief Minister of Delhi should come out and stand in solidarity with the students. In fact, Home Minister Amit Shah should also come out and take cognizance of the law and order situation," she added.
We are inquiring into the matter: Delhi Police
Delhi Police have begun a probe into the matter of alleged harassment and sexual abuse of female students in the college by a number of unidentified men during the fest on February 6.
"We are inquiring into the matter. However, we haven't received any complaint so far," said Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) South, Atul Thakur.
Aam Aadmi Party Leader Sanjay Singh gives Zero Hour Notice over Gargi College incident
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Sanjay Singh on Monday gave a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over "indecent behaviour with students of Delhi's Gargi college during the college's annual festival."
National Commission for Women team visits Gargi College