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Event to celebrate womanhood ends in nightmare for girl students

It was to be celebration of the girl child, but ended up underlining all that is wrong with our society. On Monday, as students finally got together to protest, it came to light that on Saturday night, during singer Diljeet Dosanjh's show on the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) campus in Landran, at least two girl students were molested by their male counterparts.

chandigarh Updated: Nov 06, 2012 14:17 IST
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It was to be celebration of the girl child, but ended up underlining all that is wrong with our society. On Monday, as students finally got together to protest, it came to light that on Saturday night, during singer Diljeet Dosanjh's show on the Chandigarh Group of Colleges (CGC) campus in Landran, at least two girl students were molested by their male counterparts.

One of the girls reported to have been repeatedly pinched and abused, while another who has since left town was allegedly assaulted, thrown on the ground, her clothes torn, but was saved in the nick of time as the molesters fled upon being noticed. After the protest, the college management approached the police, who have arrested three of the four accused.

Identified by eyewitnesses and closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, those arrested on a formal complaint by CGC assistant director Capt RS Rakhra are 22-year-old Kulmeet Singh and 21-year-old Akshay Bansal, both of MBA-1, and a 17-year-old first-year student of electronics and communication engineering (ECE) who is not being named here on account of being a minor. "Kulvir Singh, also of MBA-1, remains at large," said Gurpreet Singh Bhullar, senior superintendent of police (SSP), SAS Nagar.

While Kulmeet belongs to Moga, the 17-year-old accused is a Chandigarh resident, and Akshay is from Sunam. Kulvir's background information was not available.

The SSP said the case has been registered under sections 354 (assault with intent to outrage her modesty), section 294 (obscene acts and songs) and section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). A car belonging to the accused has also been taken into custody.

The police are now procuring the CCTV footage of the entire event, publicised as 'Parivartan 2K12', which had commenced with the students taking a pledge against female foeticide.


'Dupattas snatched, clothes torn; each girl was harassed'

The two major episodes of molestation may have triggered the protest by CGC students, but the protesters -- girls supported by many boys - said a group of 10 young men did not spare any girl at the Diljeet Dosanjh show on November 3.

The students boycotted classes and gathered on the campus around 9.15 am. The protest continued till about 12.15 pm, forcing the management to close down the college.

Girls on the receiving end said the "blatant misbehaviour" began with boys bumping into girls apparently on purpose. Many were outsiders, despite the college authorities claiming to have made adequate security arrangements. "These boys were drunk and misbehaved with each and every girl. They snatched the girls' dupattas and kept pinching them," said one of the students.
"Taking advantage of the dark, a group of boys even tore the clothes of a girl. There were at least four boys holding on to that girl, who helplessly cried for help," added another female student. "Many of the boys were throwing crackers at the girls, while some later tried to enter the hostel."

What the college mgmt says

"It was an unfortunate incident. As per the students, when students were walking out of the venue after the show, some miscreants ill-treated a few girls. Since the entire campus is caught in the CCTV cameras, four boys have been identified and placed under suspension immediately," said Satnam Singh Sandhu, chairman of the Chandigarh Group of Colleges. "We, the management, are looking into the matter very seriously, and ensure that we would leave no stone unturned to ensure complete security for our students. CGC president Rashpal Singh Dhaliwal said indiscipline would never be tolerated and the accused would be punished.

The college has also decided to not hold any nighttime events in future, "keeping in view the security of the female students," said Sandhu.

SSP Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said the police would write to the colleges to restrain the entry of outsiders at such events.