It’s no longer just the streets of Delhi that are unsafe for girls. Now, students aren’t feeling secure even inside their colleges. Earlier this week, a second year student of Delhi University’s Satyawati College in Ashok Vihar was molested on the premises — by the college’s own guards. The incident has sent ripples of fear through the student fraternity, with many saying college no longer feels like a safe haven. “It’s a very unfortunate incident that has struck our college, despite the fact that I am on rounds at most of the time in the day. An FIR has been lodged and the two guards have been arrested and rusticated from the job,” says Shamsul Islam, the principal of Satyawati College (Morning).
However, the news that action is being taken does nothing to allay the scepticism. “This incident is shocking. I always considered myself safe inside college, but now I realise that we are vulnerable everywhere, even inside colleges,” says Vidhi Gupta, a third year B Com Hons student of Hansraj College.
Varsha Chaudhury, a third year student of B Com at Gargi College, says she now feels that being in an all-girls college also doesn’t mean 100% safety. “Parents usually think that all girls colleges are safer than co-ed colleges. But after this incident, I think we are equally vulnerable. I am even unsure of my college staff,” she adds. However, the Delhi Police say that security measures are well in place, and students need not feel unsafe. “When the session began, we had a meeting with all the hostel wardens of the varsity along with the authorities. A PCR van is always deployed outside all colleges, so students should feel secure at least outside,” says Meenu Chaudhary, DCP North-West.