NEW DELHI: The Punjab government on Sunday ordered a probe into allegations that objectionable videos of some girls students at
were shot and circulated on social media.
Later, the police dismissed rumours that 60 videos were circulated and said that one girl student had shared her own clip with a youth from Himachal Pradesh whose role is also under the scanner.
The accused girl, also a student at the university, has been arrested.
Earlier, protests had erupted on the campus following the rumours, and police had to step in to restore order.
Rumours of objectionable videos shot & circulated
Protesters claimed that some of the affected students attempted suicide following the incident.
However, RS Bawa, pro-chancellor, Chandigarh University said, “During the preliminary investigation conducted by the university there has been no video found of any student which is objectionable except a personal video shot by a girl which she herself shared with her boyfriend.”
Police too gave a similar version of events.
Punjab Police, district officials meet students, allay concerns
The Punjab Police top brass along with senior officials of Mohali district administration on Sunday met a group of women students of the university to allay their concerns.
Police said it has been found during preliminary investigation that a woman student, a hosteller, had shared her own video with a youth from Himachal Pradesh whose role is also under the scanner.
Police said an FIR under IPC section 354-C (voyeurism) and the IT Act has been registered in the matter and the woman student has been arrested.
After the incident, Punjab’s Additional Director General of Police (ADGP), Gurpreet Deo, Mohali’s Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Sheel Soni and other top officers, including G P S Bhullar, senior officials of Mohali district administration, including the deputy commissioner, reached the university campus to take stock of the situation.
Briefing reporters at the university campus, ADGP Deo, who also holds the charge of women and child affairs, said many rumours about the case were circulating on social media platforms.
“There are 4,000 women students who live in the hostel. One of them has been arrested by police. Her phone has been taken into police possession and the state cyber crime unit is conducting its analysis.
“Second part of the case is a group of women students in the hostel who saw the accused doing some objectionable acts. As the additional DG holding charge of women and child affairs, I was deputed to interact with the students because many rumours were circulating about this case.
“We had a meeting with 50-60 women students who live on the same floor along with the accused. Most of them have joined a new session and not know each other,” Deo said.
The senior police official said the women students were especially perturbed at the alleged circulation of ‘videos’ on social media.
‘No girl attempted suicide’
Protesters claimed that some girl students living in the hostel attempted suicide following the ‘leaked video’ rumour.
However, both the pro-chancellor and police denied this.
“There are rumors that 7 girls have committed suicide whereas the fact is that no girl has attempted any such step. No girl has been admitted to hospital in the incident,” pro-chancellor Bawa said. SSP Mohali Vivek Soni too denied the “attempted suicide” rumours.
Prime accused arrested
The main accused in the matter is also a girl student staying in a hostel on campus. The police said she has been arrested.
“It is a matter of videos being shot by a girl student and later circulated. FIR was registered in the matter and the accused student was arrested,” SSP Soni said.
It was alleged that she forwarded the videos she had shot to an outsider, who then circulated them on social media.
SSP Soni said no video went viral, but the suspect girl had sent her own videos to her boyfriend in Shimla.
Meanwhile, the boy who allegedly circulated the videos has been arrested by the police.
AAP, BJP call for strict action
Meanwhile, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann has ordered a probe and expressed anguish over the incident, saying that strict action will be taken against those found guilty.
“Sad to hear about the unfortunate incident at Chandigarh University…our daughters are our honour…a high-level inquiry has been ordered into the incident…severe action will be taken against whoever is found guilty,” said Mann in a tweet in Punjabi.
“I am in touch with the administration,” said Mann while appealing to people not to believe rumours.
Earlier, Punjab higher education minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hayer had urged the protesting students to remain calm.
“I humbly request all the students of Chandigarh University to remain calm, the guilty will not be be spared. It’s a very sensitive matter and relates to dignity of our sisters and daughters. We all including media should be very very cautious, it is also test of ours now as a society,” he tweeted.