The killing of a girl student of Delhi University's Ram Lal Anand College on Tuesday has sent shock waves through the Capital with the student community turning out in large numbers on Wednesday to protest against it. The incident took place on International Women's Day further fuelling anger and outrage among the citizens.
Protests took place on the South Campus where the college is situated and also on the North Campus. Students have on several occasions pointed out to the authorities poor public transport facilities near the college as well as a lack of security.
Representatives from the Delhi University Students' Union, Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, National Students' Union of India, All-India Students' Association, Students' Federation of India and other student organisations have condemned the incident. The various organisations have demanded immediate action against the perpetrator.
Vice-Chancellor Prof. Dinesh Singh who visited the college and interacted with students said a bus has started plying between the South Campus colleges. “However, the students do not seem to know about it. This is a telling comment with regard to the college administration including the Principal and teachers who failed to publicise this facility as a result of which students are not aware of it. The teachers do not seem to care enough.”
“There is obvious shock and disconcertment among the students. One of their own has been killed. The students have asked for women counsellors and better facilities for transport. We will deploy more women constables and have more patrolling. Two new buses will also ply along the route in a month or two,” he added.
Prof. Singh also visited the girl's family. A compensation of Rs.1 lakh will be given by the university to the family.
According to Ram Lal College (morning) Principal Dr. Vijay Sharma, since the murder took place on Ring Road, there is not much that the college could have done. Dr. Sharma also claimed that there was no regular bus service in the area which is a “problem”. “Still security has been beefed up from time to time around the college which has been helpful. More security presence on the road leading to Ring Road is needed,” he added.
Associate Professor Harish Dhawan who teaches in Ram Lal Anand College said the college complaints committee which is tasked with looking into complaints of sexual harassment did not exist in the college despite the Ordinance XV-D contained in the University Acts, Statutes and Ordinances requiring each college to have such a committee.