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Incident leaves students, their parents anxious about safety

Mallica Joshi, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, March 09, 2011
First Published: 00:22 IST(9/3/2011) | Last Updated: 00:28 IST(9/3/2011)

For students of 2nd year BA Programme at Ram Lal Anand College, Tuesday is a day they are unlikely to forget anytime soon.

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The murder of Radhika Tanwar, their classmate, saw students and their parents descend into a state of panic.

"I left for home immediately after I came to know about the attack on Radhika. My parents were getting worried and wanted me to come home. I knew Radhika fairly well, since she was in my class," said Kanika, who did not want to reveal her full name.

Within two hours of the murder, cars could be seen lining up outside the college, as parents arrived to take their wards, especially girls, back home.

"We know that the college is not to blame for the incident, as it happened outside the premises. But we don't want our daughter to stay in college today, as we feel it's not safe. She might get depressed," said Parmeet Mahajan, mother of a 1st year student, who had come to pick up her daughter at 11.30am.

By 1 pm, the college was almost empty, with just a handful of students present.

"We have heard about the murder but have not told our parents, so far. They will get worried unnecessarily. But most 2nd year students have left," said Shalini Kumari, a first year BA programme student.

Anxiousness in Ram Lal Anand evening college also increased because of the incident.

"By the time the students leave the college, it is dark, desolate and of course, people are scared. Earlier, would tell students that this is the University area and they don't need to be scared," said Harish Dhawan, principal of the college.

"We cannot do that anymore. Anxiousness about safety is certainly high among girls," Dhawan added.

After the incident, some students protested at Satya Niketan and blocked traffic on the Ring Road for close to an hour. 


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