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Chandigarh Hostel Row: Woman, Boyfriend Arrested, Cop Say Girl Leaked Her Own Clip

A huge protest broke out at the Chandigarh University premises after a girl allegedly recorded some objectionable videos at the girls’ hostel at the campus.

Punjab: Protests Rock Chandigarh University Over Alleged Objectionable Videos of Female Students; 3 Held
Punjab: Protests Rock Chandigarh University Over Alleged Objectionable Videos of Female Students; 3 Held (Photo: Twitter)

New Delhi: The woman, a hosteler, has been arrested and accused of voyeurism under the IT Act. Her boyfriend, Sunny Mehta, has also been arrested from Shimla by the Punjab police. The row apparently, was triggered by rumours, which had spread panic among new students who did not know each other, the police indicated. But the students are not satisfied and protests continued at the university despite assurances of a further probe by a Special Investigation Team.

A case has been registered against the accused girl under Sections 354 c of IPC and IT act at the Gharuan police post. Immediately, after the protest, a girl who’s MBA first year student was detained and it has now come to light that she allegedly shared the video with a boy from Shimla who allegedly circulated it on the social media.

Earlier, three girls from the hostel approached the warden and claimed that one of the girls had been making objectionable videos of theirs while bathing.

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The resident girls allegedly tried to commit suicide. However, it has now been clarified by the university management that no girl had tried to commit suicide. Later, the university management said just that some girls had fainted fearing that the objectionable videos would go viral.

“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. No death reported related to this incident. As per medical records, no attempt (to commit suicide) was reported,” said Senior Superintendent of Police, Mohali Vivek Soni on Chandigarh University row.

Following this, Punjab Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains took to Twitter and requested all the students to stay calm. “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,” Bains tweeted.

DGP Gaurav Yadav said no death had been reported from the university campus. “One girl accused of making a video has been detained. An FIR has also been lodged. SSP Mohali Vivek Soni is reaching CU to issue a statement to students and media. All steps are being taken to prevent circulation of any objectionable video. I request everyone not to circulate videos or spread rumours.”

“I am yet to receive detailed information of this incident. 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,” Satnam Singh Sandhu, Chancellor of Chandigarh University was quoted as saying.

Meanwhile, hundreds of Chandigarh University hostel residents protested and raised slogans against the management for not being able to handle the situation well enough. The protest took a violent turn when the warden and other officials kept on pressurising the other students that they file 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 girl residents at the hostel. On Sunday morning, heavy police force was deployed outside the campus to avoid any untoward situation.