After the shameful molestation at Gargi college, the Delhi High Court issued a notice to the Center, Central Bureau of Investigation and Delhi Police on Monday.
The notice was issued over a petition filed seeking a CBI probe into the mass molestation case that took place during the college festival ‘Reverie’ of the premier college of Delhi University on February 6.
The court has asked the parties to file their reply and has listed the matter for April 30.
A bench of Justices GS Sistani and C Hari Shankar received the petition, where an immediate hearing was requested.
The attack took place during All girls, Gargi College’s festival ‘Reverie’. The videos of the molestation were massively shared on social media. As per students, the videos were released after the principal of the college took no action against the mass molestation.
Advocate and petitioner ML Sharma had alleged that nothing had been done in the case. Police registered the FIR on February 9 and arrested 10 people only on February 12, he said.
“It is a clear criminal conspiracy hatched by the political party to deploy accused persons to provoke the Delhi public for voting in their favor. Despite the presence of Delhi Police … on February 6, neither principal nor other state authorities tried to stop and arrest the accused persons,” Sharma’s PIL claimed.
As per the petition, drunk men who were in their early 30s entered the campus, groped, dragged and molested girls who were there for the festival. The police stationed at the college did nothing to help the girls. There were “deliberate chants of Jai Shri Ram which discloses that it is a political, planned conspiracy”. Further, the petition also blamed the Chief Minister of Delhi for not taking any immediate action against the heinous act.
The Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, wrote a message on Twitter on February 10–four days after the incident occurred. He wrote, “Misbehaviour with our daughters in Gargi College is very sad and disappointing. This sort of behavior will not be tolerated. Culprits should be given the harshest possible punishment and we must ensure that children studying in our colleges feel safe.”
The intruders jumped the barricades and Delhi Police officials did nothing to stop these men, as per the students.
According to the police, a case was registered 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).
There have been 15 arrests so far, all from the age-group of 18 to 25.