In a concerning development, protests erupted in Chandigarh University after 60 obscene videos of female students went viral on social media. Following the incident, political leaders have broken rank and condemned the issue. Further, political leaders have urged people to not share the videos further. A girl student was arrested for recording and leaking the videos on social media.

Various groups of students came together at the Chandigarh University earlier on Saturday night. It is being alleged that a girl student recorded videos of multiple female students taking baths in the university hostel and shared them on social media. The student was apprehended by the warden and was arrested.

The female student has been arrested under multiple sections of Indian Penal Code and Information Technology Act. Amid the high-octane drama, some students also alleged that following the video going viral, some victims who were caught on camera tried to attempt suicide. However, the police refuted the allegations hurled by the protesting students.

Meanwhile, Punjab Education Minister took to social media and urged media to be “cautious”. “I humbly request all the students of Chandigarh University to remain calm, no one guilty will be spared. 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,” he tweeted.

The Facts of the Matter

In May 2020, the ‘bois locker room’ incident had shed light on the ugly side of social media and its inhabitants. An Instagram chat of school boys from Delhi shared obscene images of many minor girls and adult women, leading to massive outrage on social media.

It’s 2022, and another similar incident emerged in Chandigarh where a female university student shared obscene videos of female students on social media. The incident has led to massive outrage on social media and protests have erupted in Chandigarh University.

Protests Erupt, Accused Arrested

Hundreds of students gathered at the Chandigarh University late on Saturday after videos of multiple female students having bath were shared online. Following the incident, the accused female student was arrested by the police.

Sections pertaining to voyeurism of the Indian Penal Code and pertaining to breach of privacy from the IT Act were invoked against the accused female student.

News agency ANI quoted Mohali police chief Vivek Soni saying, “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.”

Students Allege Victims Tried Committing Suicide

Several students who protested against the incident also alleged that women who were caught on video also tried to take their own lives. However, the Mohali police chief Vivek Soni refuted the claims and mentioned that one student was taken in an ambulance after suffering from anxiety. Punjab Cabinet Minister, Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer, also claimed that there have been no news of suicide attempts by female students.

University Chancellor Calls Rumours “Baseless”

Shockingly enough, the Chandigarh University pro-chancellor, Dr. RS Bawa claimed that the claims of the videos being viral are “baseless and false”. “The rumor which is circulating through media that 60 objectionable MMS have been found of students … is totally false and baseless. During the preliminary investigation conducted by the University, there have been no videos found of any student which are objectionable except a personal video shot by a girl which was shared by herself to her boyfriend,” the university pro-chancellor was quoted in an NDTV report.

“High-level Inquiry Initiated”: CM Bhagwat Mann

AAP leader and newly-elected Punjab Chief Minister Bhagvat Mann claimed that a high-level inqury was initiated in the matter. “Sad to hear the incident of Chandigarh University…Our daughters are our pride…have ordered a high level inquiry into the incident..Whoever is guilty will take strict action…I am in constant touch with the administration… I appeal to all of you to avoid rumours…”, Mann tweeted.


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