On the 6th of February, the annual function at Delhi University’s Gargi College turned into horror as a group of men entered the women’s college and allegedly molested several students. This incident led to a huge uproar on social media where several people raised concerned over the safety of students in a college fest.
Following this, a claim was widely circulated that men who allegedly molested students of Delhi University’s Gargi College were “BJP goons” holding “bhagwa flags.”
A twitter user Saumya Kulshreshtha shared two screenshots of Instagram stories and wrote,"Mayhem happened at #GargiCollege today and literally no one is talking about it. Our girls were assaulted by drunk men. Amplify, take it to right channels please."
One of the stories uploaded by an Instagram handle iawaken.in, said, “There were BJP goons with a nearby rally inside our campus with bhagwa flags chanting Jai Shree Ram (sic).”
At the time of writing this article, this story has been shared more than 3000 times.
The truth behind the claim
As per a news report, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) South, Atul Thakur said, “So far, the CCTV footage has not shown any of the accused holding bhagwa flags, or any kind of flags." He further added, “They all are either college students or their friends.”
The police booked unidentified people for trespassing, assault, and harassment. An Indian Express report published on 11 February said that the police recovered footage from 32 CCTVs. Footage shows some men entering campus along with some girls after showing passes, while some others entered illegally in the presence of college staff but were not stopped.
The investigations so far have not revealed that the accused are affiliated to any political party. Till now, the police have arrested 12 men in the case. The police say they are between 18 and 25 years of age.
In conclusion, the claim that molesters at Gargi college during a fest held 'bhagwa flags' is unverified as so far none of the 32 CCTVs footages have revealed so.