India, Feb. 14 -- The appalling incident of molestation in Delhi's Gargi College is an outright criminal act, which merits strong punishment. While 12 students from other colleges, who had apparently forced their way into Gargi, have been arrested, several questions remain unanswered. Why is it that outsiders were not screened properly before being allowed into the college? How is it that the police, posted outside. did nothing even when the students were being molested? Why, apart from the 12, have the other offenders not been arrested, despite several CCTV cameras capturing footage of the incident?

Colleges are meant to be safe spaces for women, indeed all students, but increasingly, outsiders are able to access them with impunity. Acros...