Mass protests broke out at a private university in Punjab’s Mohali on Sunday evening, with reports that a girl had shared pornographic videos recorded inside the hostel, while an explanation was given by the authorities that she had shared her only shared a video.
In a statement issued by Chandigarh University, Pro-Chancellor Dr RS Bawa said, “There are rumors circulating through the media that 60 objectionable MMSs of students have been found…are completely false and baseless… No video was found except a private video shot by a girl which is objectionable, which she shared with her boyfriend.”
The police also supported the claim. Mohali Police Chief Vivek Soni said, “In the investigation so far, we have come to know that there is only one video of the accused. He has not recorded any video of anyone else,” Mohali police Chief Vivek Soni said, reported news agency ANI. Police said the girl has been arrested on charges of voyeurism and sections of the IT Act.
Protests broke out on the campus over rumors of several female students recording several videos and leaking by the student.
Police and the university’s administration have dismissed social media posts which claimed that several girls attempted suicide after their videos were leaked. Soni said, “A student taken in the ambulance was suffering from anxiety and our team is in touch with him.”
Police has also sent a team to Himachal Pradesh to search for a person. Senior police officer Gurpreet Kaur Deo said, “A person from Shimla knows the accused girl. More details will be available only after she is caught. Forensic examination of her mobile phone will be done.”
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann said that a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident. “Sad to hear the Chandigarh University incident. Our daughters are our pride. Ordered a high level inquiry into the incident. Whoever is guilty will take strict action. I appeal to all of you to avoid rumours.”
The National Commission for Women issued a statement saying that they have taken the matter seriously. “Chairman Ms Rekha Sharma has written to the Director General of Police, Punjab as well as the Vice Chancellor of Chandigarh University to take strict action against the culprits.”
Punjab State Commission for Women Chairperson Manisha Gulati has said that the matter is being investigated. “This is a serious matter, an investigation is underway. I am here to assure the parents of all the students that the accused will not be spared,” she said.
Delhi Chief Minister and chief of Punjab Aam Aadmi Party Arvind Kejriwal termed the incident as “shameful” and called for patience. In a tweet, Kejriwal said, “In Chandigarh University, a girl has gone viral by recording objectionable videos of several girl students. We are all with you. May all work with patience?”
On behalf of the opposition Congress, senior party leader Pawan Khera has appealed to the people not to share the leaked video. He tweeted, “To all responsible Indians, please do not repost, forward or share any MMS/video of Chandigarh University terror. Let us be a digitally responsible society.”
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