Massive protests after dozens of female students have videos ‘leaked’ in India

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Hundreds of students are protesting at a private university in the north Indian state of Chandigarh after several students alleged that their private videos were leaked and no action was taken by the college.

Protests continued on Sunday afternoon as students raised “we want justice” slogans on the campus after the university denied that any videos were leaked.

In Himachal Pradesh’s Shimla town, a woman, who was a student of the same university, was accused of recording videos and sending them to a person.

The accused, an MBA first year student, was arrested on Sunday and police are on the lookout for the man in Shimla.

“More details will be known only after he is caught,” he said. Forensic examination of his mobile phone will be done,” said officer Gurpreet Dev.

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann has ordered a high-level inquiry into the incident and appealed to the students to avoid rumors after the protests turned violent.

On Sunday morning, several students claimed that videos of at least 60 students taking a bath were leaked on the internet, following which some girls attempted suicide on the university campus on Saturday night.

However, the university and the police have denied both the claims following the growing uproar.

“In our investigation so far, we have found that there is only one video of the accused. He has not recorded any other video of anyone else,” Mohali Police Chief Vivek Soni told ANI news agency.

Denying any suicide attempt by the girl students, Mr Soni said: “A student who was taken in an ambulance was suffering from anxiety and our team is in touch with him.”

Chandigarh University Chancellor Dr RS Bawa said in a statement that the rumors of students receiving 60 objectionable messages are completely false and baseless.

He said in a video, “During the preliminary investigation conducted by the university, no video of any student has been found which is objectionable, except a private video shot by a girl, which she shared with her boyfriend. was,” he said in a video.

A large number of protesters gathered on the Ludhiana-Chandigarh highway on Saturday night and the situation turned violent after clashes between several policemen and students. The video shows police officers stationed at the scene trying to break up the protest and students can be heard saying “they were beaten”.

A video of a student being taken to the hospital in a vehicle also went viral, leading to rumors that a student tried to take his own life.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, whose party is in power in Punjab, promised “severe punishment” to the guilty, calling it a “very serious and shameful” episode.

MP Kirron Kher said, ‘I am morally hurt by the horrific incident at Chandigarh University. The name of my city is getting spoiled because of this institute. I would like to clarify that it is located in Kharar, Punjab. I have deep concern for the victims of this incident and their parents.”

Punjab Higher Education Minister Gurmeet Singh Meet Hare said that it was really sad to learn about the unfortunate incident.

“Since this matter is very sensitive, I request you not to forward any baseless news. There is no news of any student committing suicide. The guilty will not be spared,” tweeted the minister.

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