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Principal Of All-Women College Miranda House In Delhi After Diwali Fest


Earlier a video surfaced where some men could be seen scaling walls of Miranda House college.

Mumbai:

Professor Bijayalaxmi Nanda, the Principal of Miranda House College on Monday said to news agency ANI that they have “not received” any complaints of sexual harassment while reacting to the incident where some people tried to enter the premises of the college.

While talking to ANI, she said, “There was a Diwali Mela program in the college on October 14. Due to the excess crowd, we closed the doors after which some people tried to enter the premises.”

She further said that the matter has been taken into cognizance and all safety measure have been taken.

“The matter has been taken into cognizance and all safety measures have been taken. So far we have not received any complaints of sexual harassment. Police have been informed and they are checking all CCTV footage,” she said.

Earlier, a purported video of the event of the Delhi University all-women college in which some men can be seen scaling the wall to enter the college was shared widely on social media.

Based on this, the Delhi Police on Monday said that it has taken suo moto cognizance of the matter and a case is being lodged.

“Investigation will follow,” the DCP North Delhi said in a tweet.

A Twitter handle whose bio described the user as a student of the college alleged in a post on the microblogging site posted a video in which men are seen scaling the compound wall of the college.

“Men climbing over the walls to get into Miranda House during an open fest. What followed was horrible. Cat-calling, groping, sexist sloganeering and more. Men entering safe spaces to harass gender minorities is nothing new, but they outdo themselves every time,” the Twitter user posted.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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After ruckus at Miranda house Diwali fest, women’s panel sends notice to Delhi police, FIR lodged


Delhi Police has registered an FIR after students of all-women Miranda House alleged harassment at Diwali fest. The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has also issued a notice to the police and Delhi University’s Miranda House.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Oct 17, 2022 11:38 IST

DCW chief Swati Maliwal (Photo: File)

By Arvind Ojha: After students of all-women Miranda House in Delhi were allegedly harassed by men at Diwali fest, the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) has issued a notice to the police and Delhi Delhi University’s Miranda House. The incident took place on October 14 during Diwali Fest at Miranda House.

Men climbed the college walls to witness an open Diwali fest on the campus and the students alleged that they experienced harassment, catcalling and sexist sloganeering. After the ruckus, the DCW chief intervened and raised questions about the security arrangements made by the college during the event.

“Men are climbing walls to forcibly enter the Diwali fest at Miranda House, one of the most popular colleges of Delhi. The women have made serious allegations of molestation and harassment. We are sending notices to Delhi Police and college administration. How did this hooliganism happen? What were the security arrangements in place?” she said in a tweet in Hindi.

DELHI POLICE FILES FIR

The Delhi Police on Monday took suo moto cognisance in the case and filed an First Information Report (FIR).

“In a viral video, a few men were seen attempting to enter a prominent women’s college campus by climbing the walls. Based on the video, Police has taken suo moto cognizance & has filed an FIR,” Delhi police said.

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On Sunday, DCP North Delhi said in a tweet: “Due to huge crowd gathering at a Diwali Mela organised in Miranda House College in North Campus on October 14, gates were closed by college admin. Some students tried scaling the walls but were prevented. The program went peacefully No formal complaint received so far.”

“Suo moto, a case is being lodged on the basis of the tweet. Investigation will follow,” the tweet read.

Sobhana, a student at the Miranda House, tweeted a video of men climbing walls to get into Miranda House and alleged that students experienced catcalling, groping, sexist sloganeering and more.

The students of the college shared multiple videos on social media in which some men are seen purportedly scaling the boundary wall, roaming around on the campus and raising slogans.

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WHAT DID WOMEN DEVELOPMENT CELL SAY?

Within an hour of the fest beginning, long queues of students had wrapped around the college. The college realised it could not contain any more people and attendees were ordered to evacuate the area and move out, Women’s Development Cell of Miranda House said in a statement.

“Many attendees of the fest, primarily men, went entirely out of control at this move and reacted aggressively when the administration prevented them from being on campus. They entered restricted premises like classrooms, ignored the requests of professors and staff, responded rudely to appeals to behave and invaded the students’ personal space,” the college’s Women’s Development Cell said.

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