There’s unrest in Chandigarh University and the female hostel occupants are leaving the campus as the university came under the scanner after several students claimed that a female student had allegedly recorded and leaked the MMS of around 60 female students.
According to a report by India Today, it was alleged that a 23-year-old female student in 1st year of her master’s degree concealed a phone inside the ladies’ toilet and shot objectionable videos of the students taking a shower. She then shared them with her boyfriend in Shimla who uploaded them on social media.
— EghaziabadNews (@EghaziabadNews) September 18, 2022
A probe was ordered and after a preliminary investigation, the police arrested the accused woman and her boyfriend from Himachal Pradesh. Along with them, the Himachal Police also detained a 31-year-old man in connection with the case.
#ChandigarhUniversity : In the girls' hostel, a student recorded a video of girl #students while taking a bath and sent it to a boy. #Video went #Viral on the #internet.Hearing this eight girl students attempted suicide. The accused has been taken into custody. pic.twitter.com/3sbiBiMNXi
— EghaziabadNews (@EghaziabadNews) September 18, 2022
While students claim that the accused has accepted making and sharing the videos, the Punjab police is saying that she had sent only her objectionable video to her boyfriend and that rumors of videos shot of other girl students are baseless, reported CNBCTV18.
Following these misleading claims, several students started protesting against the authorities after it was claimed that a handful of female students also attempted suicide. Furious protestors claimed that the cops and authorities are covering up the facts. While the protest concluded this morning, several students said that they will stay till justice is served.
🔴 #BREAKING | Huge protests have broken out in Chandigarh University in Mohali after a girl allegedly leaked private videos of her hostel mates online. https://t.co/ehIIiqzbca pic.twitter.com/MqGyWWSEwq
— NDTV (@ndtv) September 18, 2022
The New Indian Express quoted Dr. RS Bawa, Pro-Chancellor of Chandigarh University saying, “There are rumours that seven girls have committed suicide whereas the fact is that no girl has attempted any such step.
“No girl has been admitted to the hospital in the incident. There is another rumour circulating through media that 60 objectionable MMSes have been found in different students. This 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. All the rumours of objectionable videos shot of other girl students are totally false and baseless. On the request received by the students, Chandigarh University has itself handed over the further investigation to the Punjab Police.”
As of now, the hostel warden has been suspended, the university has been closed for six days and the accused arrested have been charged with multiple sections of the IPC.
MMS of various girls living in a hostel of Chandigarh University got viral . Apparently Videos were recorded by a girl from the same hostel & were forwarded to her guy friends MANAGEMENT is trying to suppress the matter. dont let this matter die until the victims get Justice. pic.twitter.com/758BZhswP2
— chataakedaar kachchhe 🩲 (@HaggteZakhm) September 17, 2022
The country was outraged when the incident came to light. Several citizens including celebrities condemned the incident.
Something that happened in Chandigarh University is very unfortunate. It’s time for us to stand with our sisters and set an example of a responsible society. These are testing times for us, not for the victims.
Be responsible 🙏
— sonu sood (@SonuSood) September 18, 2022
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All you voyeurs sharing the video from Chandigarh University, you are sick..
— Rana Ayyub (@RanaAyyub) September 18, 2022
I am morally shaken by the ghastly incident at #ChandigarhUniversity. The name of my city is being tarnished due to this institute. I want to clarify that it is based in Kharar, Punjab. My heartfelt concern goes out to the girls & their parents who are a victim of this incident.
— Kirron Kher (@KirronKherBJP) September 18, 2022
Shocked&saddened to hear of the #chandigarhuniversity case.I urge the government to take strictest action&come up with a strong framework to deter such crimes,it can play mental havoc in the lives of the young girls who were victims of this, hope they get all assistance possible.
— Priyanka Chaturvedi🇮🇳 (@priyankac19) September 18, 2022
The #chandigarhuniversity incident is shameful. Those responsible must be given exemplary punishment.
The dignity & safety of our daughters should be of topmost priority.
Hope police gets into action and sets an example against the culprits.
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) September 18, 2022
Girls are not safe even with girl. The problem doesn’t lie in gender. It’s about mentality. #chandigarhuniversity
— Pooja Singh (@ipoojasingh) September 18, 2022
To all responsible Indians, please do not repost, forward or share any MMS/video of the #chandigarhuniversity horror. Let us be a digitally responsible society
— Pawan Khera 🇮🇳 (@Pawankhera) September 18, 2022
— Ashoke Pandit (@ashokepandit) September 19, 2022
— Rishi Bagree (@rishibagree) September 18, 2022
I just feel we failed womanhood#chandigarhuniversity
— swas (@sipwithswas) September 19, 2022
While the incident is being closely looked at to hold everyone involved responsible, it’s only sensible to not share the ‘objectionable video’ any further.