Protests erupted at Chandigarh University demanding justice over alleged ‘leaked objectionable videos’ of female students. The protesting students alleged that a student made videos of female students while taking a bath in the hostel. The Punjab Police have arrested three people in the case so far, including one female student at the university.
The students alleged that videos of nearly 60 female students taking baths at the hostel were leaked. However, the Punjab police said that only four videos of herself were found on the accused woman’s phone.
Mohali’s top police officer Navreet Singh Virk told NDTV that the videos found on the accused’s phone were sent to her boyfriend. Chandigarh University has been closed till September 24 amid protests.
Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann constituted a three-member all-women Special Investigation Team (SIT) of police officials to probe the case. The team will be under the supervision of senior IPS officer Gurpreet Kaur Deo.
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- Protests began on Sunday, September 18, after students alleged that a female student had filmed them and circulated the videos on social media. Three or four students claimed they saw the accused taking photos in the common washroom underneath the door.
- The students demanded that a fair probe be conducted over the case and accused the university of covering up the incident and claiming that the accused student had not filmed any other girl.
- Pro-Chancellor of Chandigarh University Dr RS Bawa said the reports that 60 objectionable videos were shared on social media were “totally false and baseless”.
- Chandigarh University’s preliminary investigation found that no objectionable video of a student, except for a personal video shot by the accused which she shared with her boyfriend.
- The police arrested a female student who allegedly shared her personal videos with her boyfriend. A 23-year-old youth from Shimla, Sunny Mehta was also arrested and is considered the main accused with whom the student shared the alleged videos of other girls. Another 31-year-old was also detained by the police in connection to the case.
- The police also refuted the claim that female students living in the hostel tried to take their own life after the videos went viral.
- Additional Director General of Police (ADGP) Gurpreet Kaur Deo said that the accused woman’s mobile phone and laptop have been sent to the forensic lab.
- Deo said, “Though hostel inmates alleged the girl was trying to shoot a video of other girls in the common washroom, we have not found any such video. She shot her own video and shared it with her friend.”
- Another video of the hostel warden purportedly asking the accused why she took the videos of other girls and who she was sharing them with also went viral on social media. Chairperson of Punjab State Women Commission Manisha Gulati said, “We will look into the matter and also probe the alleged video featuring the warden”.
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