Chandigarh University Row | Mohali police say protests over ‘rumours’ about leaked objectionable video

University officials dismissed reports that videos of several female students were created and shared on social media.

University officials dismissed reports that videos of several female students were created and shared on social media.

Students of a private university in Punjab’s Mohali staged a massive protest over “rumours” that some objectionable videos of several girl students had been recorded.

The protest took place at midnight in the Chandigarh University campus on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh road.

University officials, however, dismissed reports that videos of several female students were created and shared on social media.

Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Sheel Soni told reporters that protests broke out in the university following rumors that videos of several girl students were being made.

He said that an FIR has been registered in the matter under Section 354-C (Visibility) of IPC and IT Act and a female student has been arrested.

The police officer said that during preliminary investigation it has come to light that the apprehended student had shared her video with someone from Himachal Pradesh, whose role is also under investigation.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party national convener Arvind Kejriwal said those involved in the incident would be punished severely.

“At 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. Victims should have courage. We are all with you. Everyone should work with patience,” he said in a tweet in Hindi.

Dr Arvinder Singh Kang, Director of Student Welfare, Chandigarh University said, “At the initial stage, we investigated and found that videos of other students were made.” “For a fair investigation, the university authorities have registered an FIR of the incident for a thorough and fair investigation. The rumors about suicide attempt (by some students) and MMS of 60 students are not true.

Punjab School Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains asked the university students to remain calm and assured them that the guilty would not be spared.

“This is a sensitive matter and concerns the dignity of our sisters and daughters. We all, including the media, should be very cautious. This is also a test for us as a society,” Bains said in a tweet.

Urging people not to pay heed to any rumours, SSP Soni said that no case of suicide attempt by any female student has come to the fore. He also said that no deaths have been reported in connection with the incident.

Replying to another question, Mr. Soni said that forensic evidence is being collected in the case.

Manisha Gulati, chairperson of Punjab State Commission for Women also reached the university campus to take stock of the situation.

“I understand the concern of the parents and I want to assure them that the police are investigating the incident,” she said.

“It is a matter of intense investigation as to why the woman who made the video did this. Whether he shot videos of other girls or not is a matter of investigation,” Ms Gulati said.