The brutal murder of Delhi University student Arzoo Singh Chauhan, allegedly at the hands of her boyfriend, has left students of Laxmibai College in a state of shock.
One question that is troubling many students at the college where Arzoo studied is, “just how much should a girl trust her partner?”
“You know, after this incident one of my friends broke up her relationship,” a third-year Hindi honours student, a classmate of Arzoo, said.
Studies have taken a back seat as students are discussing the murder both while travelling to the college and while sitting in its lawns. Most girls were asking: How could she blindly trust the boy?
Most of her college friends had seen the youth who used to regularly come to pick her up outside the college in northwest Delhi.
According to them, Arzoo would attend morning class from 9 to 10 am and then leave with Naveen Khatri. Since she was part of the Four Year Undergraduate Programme (FYUP), attendance was not very important in the college.
“On February 3, the parents had come to enquire about Arzoo since she had not returned home the previous night. They wanted to check the attendance and know about her routine. So we showed them. During this time we came to know that she would attend the morning honours classes and then leave college. Sometimes she would come back for the generic paper, the class that generally takes place between 1pm and 2pm,” said Pratyush Vatsala, principal of the college.
According to the CCTV footage of the college, she left the college with Khatri on February 2.
“The students told me that she used to tell her friends that her marriage was fixed with the boy. So when anybody says this, no one would generally doubt the other person,” said Vatsala.
The students plan to hold a candle light march for their friend.
According to her teachers, Arzoo was a good student who got decent grades in her exams. Ever since the incident came to light on February 2, one of her best friends is known to have not attended the college.
They still cannot believe that such a bold and smart girl like Arzoo could get so carried away by a boy who had just studied till Class 10.
“Since we are very few students in Hindi honours, so we knew each other. However, we were not very good friends but she had plans for her life and wanted to do something,” said a student of third year Hindi honours student.