"Cat-calling, groping, sexist sloganeering and more."
A viral video showed a group of men scaling the walls of a women’s college in Delhi, making their way onto campus and allegedly harassing the students.
The incident occurred during a Diwali event organised by students of Miranda House college in Delhi.
A student posted a video, showing a group of men climbing up a wall to enter the campus, using a tree for assistance.
According to the student, the men entered the campus and subjected the female students to cat-calling, groping and sexist remarks.
The student captioned her post:
“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 out do themselves every time.”
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 out do themselves every time. pic.twitter.com/UkMAuJZKVU
— Sobhana (@sobhana__) October 15, 2022
Other videos on social media showed groups of men, believed to be students from another college, climbing over a gate and chanting slogans.
The incident has caused outrage.
Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women, said she has sent separate letters to the Delhi Police’s deputy commissioner and the principal of Miranda House over the incident.
In the letters, she has asked for details of the police case and security arrangements made for the event.
Delhi Police has filed a case against “unknown students”.
In a statement, the college’s Women’s Development Cell said:
“Many attendees of the fest, primarily men, went entirely out of control at this move (the closure of the gates) 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.
“Attendees (mostly men) also chanted slogans and demanded to be let in. Some shouted out undignified assertions where they saw women as objects to be conquered.
“That, accompanied by the horrifying visuals of men climbing over gates and wall, trying (and succeeding) to enter college premises, made students feel unsafe and stifled on their campus.
“The men on campus viewed women and other gender minorities on campus only as objects of their desire, resulting in an atmosphere where safety, respect and consent had evacuated the premises before anyone else.
“While we firmly believe that men and other perpetrators of this violence should be held accountable, even the organising committee owes the students and the college an explanation.
“Their lack of foresight, inability to control the damage, and complete absence as chaos unfolded are inexcusable.”
The principal, Professor Bijayalaxmi Nanda, explained that the event is organised every year but it was “never very big”.
Despite the claims of sexual harassment, Professor Nanda says she is yet to receive such complaints.
She said: “There was an unprecedented crowd on the day of the fest.
“We closed the gates of the colleges but students tried to enter by climbing the walls. Police took immediate action and they were really helpful. Students, teachers and all the staff were taken to safety.
“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.”