Massive protests erupt after videos of female students 'bathing' leaked online

Authorities said an FIR for voyeurism had been registered and a woman student had been arrested.

Massive protests erupt after videos of female students 'bathing' leaked online
The massive protest took place around midnight Saturday, September 17, at Chandigarh University campus in Punjab, India (ANI/Twitter)
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PUNJAB, INDIA: Students at a private university in Mohali staged a major protest over claims that videos of several female pupils "bathing" were recorded and uploaded on the internet.

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The massive protest took place around midnight on Saturday, September 17, at Chandigarh University campus located on Ludhiana-Chandigarh road. University officials rejected reports that clips of women students were recorded and shared on social media. Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Sheel Soni told reporters that the demonstration erupted following a "rumor" that several female wards had been victims of an MMS scandal. He said an FIR for voyeurism had been registered and a woman student had been arrested. Reports suggested one student collapsed after stumbling upon the videos online and was rushed to the hospital.

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As reported by India Today, chaos ensued Saturday night at the university after the female suspect was confronted for making adult clips of herself and fellow hostel students, which apparently surfaced on the internet. The woman student was allegedly recording the clips and sending them to a man in Himachal Pradesh's Shimla, from where he uploaded them on the web. Students were left speechless after stumbling upon obscene clips of them bathing online. There were reports that a woman attempted to kill herself after the bathing clips went viral, but authorities dismissed those claims. 

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Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is also the national convener of the Aam Aadmi Party that governs Punjab, said those responsible would not be spared. “In Chandigarh University, a girl recorded objectionable videos of several girl students and made them viral. This is very serious and shameful. All the culprits involved in this will get the harshest punishment. Victim girls should keep courage. We are all with you. All should act with patience,” he tweeted in Hindi.

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Dr Arvinder Singh Kang, the Director of Students Welfare of Chandigarh University, stated, “At the preliminary level, we investigated and did not find that videos of other students were made. For fair investigation, university authorities got the FIR registered into the incident for a thorough and fair probe. Rumors regarding attempted suicide (by some students) and MMS of 60 students are not correct."

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Punjab's Minister for School Education Harjot Singh Bains urged students to remain calm and assured them that the guilty would be brought to justice. “It is a sensitive matter and concerns the dignity of our sisters and daughters. We all, including the media, should be very cautious. It is also a test of ours as a society,” Bains tweeted.


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SSP Soni urged the public not to pay heed to any rumors and clarified that no case of attempted suicide had come to notice. He also said there were no deaths in connection with the incident, adding that forensic evidence was being collected in the investigation.


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Meanwhile, Punjab State Women Commission Chairperson Manisha Gulati said, “I understand parents’ concern and I want to assure them that the incident is being investigated by the police. It is a matter of deep investigation why the woman, who made the video, did so. Whether or not she shot videos of other girls is a matter of investigation."
 

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