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Miranda House: Students allege harassment against men at Diwali fest

Miranda House: Students allege harassment against men at Diwali fest

Some students at the women-only Miranda House of the University of Delhi have claimed that several men climbed the walls and gates of the university to witness an open Diwali festival on campus and indulged in “calling cats and chanting sexist”.

Students at the prestigious university shared multiple videos on social media showing men allegedly scaling the border wall, wandering the campus and raising slogans.

A student who posted the video alleged that the men entered the campus and made “calls, gropes, sexist slogans and more.”

The Delhi police have registered a case against “unknown students”.

Other videos shared on social media appeared to show groups of men scaling a gate in the presence of a security guard and raising slogans on campus.

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

“Men from Ramjas College with their sexist slogan, ‘Ramjas ka Naara hai, Miranda poora hamara hai’. (Ramjas’ slogan, all of Miranda is ours. Despicable,” she added.

University file separate case

The university’s principal told the Indian Express newspaper that although the event was organized every year, “it was never very big.”

There were “precautions and … police personnel” but “no one had anticipated or prepared for such a large number of students,” he said.

She added that the university would file a separate case after looking at security camera footage and that the administration was “having various discussions now” to find solutions to prevent such incidents.

DCW issues notice

Meanwhile, the Delhi Women’s Commission has also taken suo moto notice of the incident, calling it a “very serious matter”. DCW President Swati Maliwal asked the Delhi Police for a copy of the FIR and details of the arrests in the matter by October 20.

“If no arrests have been made, please report what steps are being taken to make arrests,” she said.

Police issued statement

In their statement, police said: “On October 14, 2022, there was a Diwali Mela celebration program at Miranda House College and all college students were allowed to enter. At some point, a large crowd gathered at the interior and, for some time, the entrance doors had to be closed by the university administration.

Some students (3-4) were trying to get in to see the Diwali Mela by climbing the walls. They were detained and could not enter the interior of the school facilities. This is the video from that time.”

“It is pertinent to mention that no complaints have been received as alleged by the school administrator. And also, the program was very peaceful and incident-free,” police said in a statement.

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