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
And the principal of @GargiCollege commented "agar unsafe lgta hai to aaya mat kro" like seriously! Is this how should an administrator behave?? @ABVPVoice @ABVPDelhi @shivangiDUSU @NSUIDelhi @nsui @AshishLambaNSUI DUSU needs to take some serious steps please🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/iTi7VXiYeA— Jyotirmaya Solanki (@Solanki__Jyotir) February 7, 2020
The college fest was called ‘Reverie’ and several students and alumni who were present at the event stated that there was a lapse in security.
Outsiders jump over the gate of #GargiCollege , photo by a student pic.twitter.com/YYvNDVKfj6— ابھے چاولہ (@abhaychawla13) February 9, 2020
The college administration reportedly allowed people who did not have a pass to enter the festival.
At one point, I saw random men waving metro cards and getting in. They were drunk, they were climbing over gates to enter and they were simply not stopped. The police who were stationed, were simply seeing the whole thing, saying they have not been instructed to act.
-A student told The Quint
Several other students and alumni of #GargiCollege told @TheQuint that there was serious lapse of security, multiple women were harassed, drunk men who did not have passes were allowed to enter #Reverie fest. pic.twitter.com/XeBpqK2Esg— Mythreyee (@MythreyeeRamesh) February 8, 2020
Identify these guys who broke open the gate to come inside #GargiCollege n molest students. pic.twitter.com/XLVeY1sk3L— ابھے چاولہ (@abhaychawla13) February 9, 2020
The acting principal Promila Kumar spoke to India Today about the incident, stating that the students were outside the safe space.
The event was open for boys studying in other DU colleges. We had police, commandos and bouncers on campus, and 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.
In response to the distress caused, the students will hold a protest on February 10 called “safe fest or no fest.” Similar complaints of students feeling unsafe were made during the fest last year as well.
We are going to raise our voices against what happened and reclaim Gargi as a safe place again! #GargiCollege #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/V3Rae89RPY— Kulsum Matin (@matin_kulsum) February 9, 2020
What can be done when education centres that are meant to empower students and ensure their safety are under attack? While the school administration isn’t ready to take action, the students have decided to hold a march that will draw attention towards the severity of the situation.