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.
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.
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.
#Chandigarh | Huge protests have broken out at Chandigarh University in Punjab's Mohali after private videos of hostel students were found online.— The Second Angle (@TheSecondAngle) September 18, 2022
— The hostel authorities wanted to suppress the incident, students alleged.
— Around 60 such videos were leaked, as per claims. pic.twitter.com/vZSrP7Rcfr
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.
चंडीगढ़ यूनिवर्सिटी में एक लड़की ने कई छात्राओं के आपत्तिजनक वीडियो रिकॉर्ड करके Viral किए हैं। ये बेहद संगीन और शर्मनाक है। इसमें शामिल सभी दोषियों को कड़ी से कड़ी सजा मिलेगी। पीड़ित बेटियाँ हिम्मत रखें। हम सब आपके साथ हैं। सभी संयम से काम लें।— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) September 18, 2022
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."
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.
I humbly request all the students of Chandigarh University to remain calm, no one guilty will be spared.— Harjot Singh Bains (@harjotbains) September 18, 2022
It’s a very sensitive matter & relates to dignity of our sisters & daughters.
We all including media should be very very cautious,it is also test of ours now as a society.
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.
#WATCH | So far in our investigation, we have found out that there is only one video of the accused herself. She has not recorded any other video of anyone else. Electronic devices and mobile phones have been taken into custody and will be sent for forensic examination: Mohali SP pic.twitter.com/wv5dKYzYCr— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2022
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."