In an incident that shocked the campus, around 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a 3rd year student of English Hons. studying at Ram Lal Anand College in South Campus was allegedly molested by a sweeper. The student had gone to the washroom when the accused, an employee of Sulabh International, allegedly held her hand and pulled her towards himself. The girl raised an alarm which brought students and two teachers on the scene, including the head of the Disciplinary Committee, Dr. K.G. Tyagi. The accused was immediately handed over to the police.
An FIR was registered against the accused at the South Campus Police station under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 341 (punishment for wrongful restrain), and 323 (punishment for causing hurt) immediately. A court hearing was put for the case at 2 p.m. today. Since the victim was giving an exam today, her statement will be recorded tomorrow.
It was found that the employee was not wearing an ID and was neither wearing a uniform. Rishabh Jain, Central Councilor of Ram Lal Anand College, speaking to DU Beat said, “We had been unaware that these people were allowed entry into the college without IDs. They had just a uniform and a register where they put in their entry and exit times. Now, the Delhi Police has issued a notice that valid IDs would be provided to all Sulabh employees in all Delhi University Colleges after our demands today.”
In the said meeting, Mahamedhaa Nagar, Secretary of DUSU and Uma Shankar, Joint-Secretary of DUSU along with members of the Ram Lal Anand student Union, Shivam Rana (the President), Vikalp Choudhury (Joint Secretary), and Rishabh Jain (Central Councilor of DUSU) met with the Principal, Dr. Rakesh Kumar Gupta in the presence of the victim’s father and Inspector Anant Kumar Gunjan, SHO and two other officers from South Campus Police Station. The students demanded that the license of the contractor of the college’s Sulabh International should be revoked and IDs issued to all verified Sulabh employees along with the police verification of such IDs. The students also demanded that the accused be charged with attempt to rape under IPC section 375. The Principal and the Police have agreed with the demands and the Principal has already sent a show cause notice to the contractor of Sulabh International at the college.
The ABVP and the DUSU had originally planned a protest on Wednesday which was withdrawn after their demands were accepted by the college. Speaking to DU Beat, Shivam Rana said, “We were satisfied with the help provided by the college authorities. Even the victim’s father was more than satisfied. Hence, we decided to cancel the protest.”
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