Four out of the six girls taken into preventive custody during the Friday protest at Government Brijindra College here aren't ready to go home. The police released all girls the same day, but they insisted on staying confined until their demands were accepted and the boys in custody were also freed. On Friday night itself, the girls were sent to Red Cross Home here.
On Saturady night, the girls, excepting two who left with their parents, entered the city police station and asked to be taken into preventive custody again. "We were forced out of the police station on Sunday morning," the girls said. "Our parents had come to meet us."
Of the four girls, Sunita Rani and Rupinder Kaur are from Zira; and Devinder Kaur and Dimple Kaur from Kotkapura. The group was sitting outside the police station at noon. Sunita Rani, with 73% score in class 12, wants to enter the BSc (non-medical) stream at the college. Rupinder Kaur had 68% marks in the lower examination, and Devinder Kaur is first-year student at Brijindra College. "We'll not go home until the college admits us," said Rani. "We are still on dharna outside the police station."
On Friday, the police had arrested 13 boys as well on a charge of illegal assembly. The college authorities say they cannot admit more students than approved, and that the process is based on merit. Senior superintendent of police Gurmeet Singh Chauhan denied that his force had ever booked the girls or arrested them.
"They were in preventive custody, and released them soon after," he said, "but they did not go home. I ensured they didn't have to stay out on roads, lodged them at Red Cross hostel, contacted their parents, and guided them. They should return home. What I can I do if they don't."