Delhi: Miranda House Students Allege Men Scaled Walls, Harassed Women at Diwali Fest

New Delhi: Students of Delhi University’s all-women college Miranda House have alleged that several men who climbed the college walls and gates to attend a fest on campus on October 14, cat-called at the women, groped some of them, and engaged in sexist sloganeering.

Videos shared on social media show men scaling the boundary walls, walking through the campus and raising slogans.

Students also alleged that many of the men who entered the campus also entered classrooms and spoke rudely.

Some allegedly raised the sexist slogan, “Ramjas ka naara hai, Miranda poora hamara hai‘ (Ramjas’s slogan is all of Miranda is ours).”

In its statement, the police said the event was ‘incident free’ and claimed that no men entered the college, even though videos show otherwise. Their statement, reported by the news agency PTI, is as follows:

“On 14 October 2022, there was a Diwali Mela celebration programme in Miranda House College and entry was allowed for all college students. At some point, huge crowd gathered inside and so, for some time, the entry gates had to be closed by college administration.

“Some students (3-4) were trying to enter to see the Diwali Mela by climbing the walls. They were stopped and they could not enter inside the college premises. This is the video of that time.

“Pertinent to mention is that no complaint has been received as alleged by the school admin also. And also, the programme was very peaceful and incident-free.”

Featured image: Screengrabs from various videos showing men in and around the Miranda House campus in New Delhi.

This article was first published on The Wire.