Published: 04th April 2020
JNU students accuse security guard of misbehaviour and being drunk during duty
The students say that the incident occurred on Friday night when they stepped out of the hostel gate to feed strays
Two days after a JNU student was allegedly beaten up by the security guards, right outside the gate, two women PhD scholars of the university have accused another security guard of misbehaving with them. The students Roshni* and Gita*, who are staying in the hostel right now, say that the incident had occurred right outside the hostel gate on Friday night.
They had also captured a video of the incident, where the security guard is seen to be screaming at the girls. "We had gone outside the gate on Friday night to feed the stray dogs. Since the lockdown, most of the dhabas are closed and this is the only way for them to get some food," says Roshni. "The security guard had seen us exit the gate and while we were coming back, he had asked us for our IDs and said that he won't let us go inside without it. We do not carry our IDs to just step out of the gate. We were in our shorts and pajamas and were in the vicinity of the university," she adds.
Gita says that when they told the guard that they did not have their IDs with them, he came uncomfortably close to the girls and started talking to them with an indecent tone. "To begin with, he was reeking of alcohol. He could barely stand. Seeing him this close to us, we got really scared and thought that he may molest us," she says. "When we told him that he cannot do that, he started screaming at us saying that 'I am an army man'," she adds.
The students say that they, however, got inside the hostel, only to be followed by the security guard until inside their wing of the hostel. "We are still in a state of shock. This has never happened in the past, but since the lockdown began, JNU, which is our second home, has become quite unsafe for everyone," says Roshni.
The duo is yet to register a formal complaint with ICC. However, they have informed the JNU Students' Union about the same. "We do not want the guard to lose his job. We only want our campus to be safe like how it used to be. We have spoken to the JNUSU President Aishe Ghosh, who promised to look into this soon," says Roshni.
*Names changed on request