'Objectionable videos': Fresh protest on Chandigarh University campus; police say accused girl leaked only her own clip : The Tribune India

'Objectionable videos': Fresh protest on Chandigarh University campus; police say accused girl leaked only her own clip

Police arrest girl student, youth named by her in Shimla; varsity authorities reject reports of videos of several women students were made and shared on social media

Tribune News Service

Mohali, September 18

Amid the raging controversy over alleged objectionable ‘leaked videos’ of some girls of Chandigarh University, the police have said during preliminary investigation it has been found that a woman student, who had been apprehended, had shared her own video with someone stated to be from Himachal Pradesh whose role is also under the scanner.

In Shimla, the police detained the youth who was allegedly named by the girl student.

Meanwhile, a fresh protest was held on the university campus on Sunday evening by a large number of students, including males, with some of them accusing the university authorities of “suppressing” the incident.

Police personnel deployed outside Chandigarh University, in Mohali, Sunday, September 18, 2022. PTI

Most of the protesters were dressed in black clothes and raised slogans like "we want justice" in the presence of police.

Earlier, urging people not to pay attention to any rumour, Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Sheel Soni told reporters that no case of attempted suicide by any woman student has come to notice.

He also said no death took place in connection with the incident.

Students of Chandigarh University protest on the campus after private videos of several girl students were posted on social media, in Mohali, on Saturday night. PTI Photo

The university authorities also rejected reports that videos of several women students were made and shared on social media.

Earlier, a massive protest broke out on the campus after it was alleged someone had recorded objectionable videos at a girls’ hostel. Situation went out of control after rumours floated that hostel resident allegedly tried to commit suicide. However, the university management claimed that no girl had attempted suicide and added that rather few girls had 'fainted'.

As per sources, three residents of the girls’ hostel approached the warden and claimed that one of the residents had been making objectionable videos. "The video of the warden, which is being circulated on the social media, has been made purposely. The warden was crosschecking the allegations made by the three hostel residents. We have investigated the matter and no objectionable video was found. Moreover, the hostel residents who are seen protesting in the circulated videos were also informed about the same. There has been no suicide attempt on the campus. Rather some girls had fainted in anticipation of their objectionable videos being circulated on social media. They were given first aid and have been sent back to campus. All the details of the incident have been submitted to the police," said a senior official of the university.

Earlier, Mohali SSP Vivek Soni said, "So far, no objectionable videos of other girls have been found with the accused. We are setting up a centre here and any student having any evidence or query can approach the centre. The matter is being thoroughly investigated."

DGP Gaurav Yadav said no death had been reported from Chandigarh University. "One girl accused of making a video has been detained. An FIR has also been lodged. All steps are being taken to prevent circulation of any objectionable video. I request everyone not to circulate videos or spread rumours."

"A protest broke out last night and the students have been given all the explanation. We are getting it crosschecked with the help of police," said Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor, Chandigarh University.

Punjab Higher Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer has assured justice to the CU students. He said the Mohali DC and the SSP would conduct a thorough probe and no one would be spared.

Instructions have been issued to the DC and the SSP to conduct the probe expeditiously, he said.

Meanwhile, many Chandigarh University hostel residents protested and raised slogans against the varsity management for mishandling the situation, in the wee hours of Saturday night. In various videos, the residents are seen demanding justice and abusing the security personnel on the campus. The protesters can be seen opening the hostel gates and trying to run outside the campus.

"The protest took an ugly turn when the warden and other officials kept on pressurising other students for filing a false complaint against the alleged accused. They should have investigated the matter first, instead of blaming the student. And if the video was made purposely, why did they circulate it on social media?" asked one of the hostel residents.

On Sunday morning, heavy police force was deployed outside the campus to avoid any untoward situation.

A forensic team led by Dr Ashwani Kalia has also reached Chandigarh University to check mobile phones and collect evidence.

The incident is likely to cause political uproar considering Chandigarh University Chancellor Sandhu's proximity to BJP's Central leadership.

Meanwhile, in an official statement issued on Sunday, Dr. R. S. Bawa, Pro-Chancellor, Chandigarh University, said, “There are rumours that seven girls have committed suicide, whereas the fact is that no girl has taken any such step. No girl has been admitted to hospital in the incident."

“There is another rumour which is circulating on social media that 60 objectionable MMSes have been found of different students. This is totally false and baseless. During the preliminary investigation conducted by the university, there has 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 Pro-Chancellor said.

"All the rumours of objectionable videos shot of other girl students are totally false and baseless. On the request received from the students, Chandigarh University has itself volunteered the further investigation to the Punjab Police Department which has taken one girl into custody and has filed an FIR under the IT Act.”

All the mobile phones and other material have been handed over to the police for further investigation and Chandigarh University is fully co-operating with police in the investigation.”

“It is further clarified that the university is fully committed and competent to ensure safety and security of all our students, especially our daughter-like girl students,” Pro-Chancellor said. (With PTI inputs)

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