Donning black T-shirts, students of Chandigarh University in Punjab's Mohali district continue to protest demanding justice over the alleged 'leaked objectionable videos'.
A female MBA student of the private university has been arrested by the police. Meanwhile, the girl’s boyfriend was also arrested from the Himachal Pradesh capital.
On the other hand, there have been reports of girl students attempting suicide after the incident. As per a Twitter thread, at least eight students have tried to end their lives. One of them breathed her last while seven of them are under treatment, the Twitter thread reveals.
//tw// su¡cide— 🖤 (@notsakshihere) September 18, 2022
I guess most of my moots aren’t aware of whatever happened in Chandigarh University in Punjab. So a girl student allegedly made videos of 60 girls while they were showering and shared them in exchang of money. Many students committed suic¡de.
Earlier, a video of a girl being taken to a hospital in critical condition went viral on Twitter.
However, the university authorities have stated that "no videos were found of any student which are objectionable, except a few personal video shot by the girl which she shared with her boyfriend".
Also dismissing reports of suicide attempt by some students who were allegedly filmed, the authorities said "there are rumours that seven girls have committed suicide whereas the fact is that no girl has taken any such step".
Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Soni, who is leading the investigation team, categorically told the media that no attempt to suicide was reported after the incident came to light. Also, he said, so far there is no evidence of the video going viral.
Punjab | A man from Shimla is known to the accused girl. Only after he is caught, more details will be known. Forensic probe of her mobile phone will be conducted: IG Gurpreet Deo on Chandigarh University alleged 'leaked objectional videos' row pic.twitter.com/y4GAzufcRL— ANI (@ANI) September 18, 2022
"As per the investigation, the accused made her own video and shared it with her boyfriend. There is no video of other students made by her. There is no evidence of that so far. A lot of misinformation and rumours are doing the rounds. We should respect the modesty of the accused student as we are investigating the matter," he said.
Soni appealed to the people and the students to maintain calm and help the police probe the matter.
Chandigarh University Pro-Chancellor R.S. Bawa also said there are rumours that seven girls have committed suicide. "No girl has attempted any such step. No girl has been admitted to the hospital," he said.
Such a shame it would be if Chandigarh University closes this matter . 3 cases of suicide, and leaked mms. Don't manipulate the case. We want justice for every single girl out there . #Chandigarh #Punjab #NarendraModi #Mediafire #Mohali #Police #chandigarhuniversity pic.twitter.com/ML5Fnt3xEC— Adhunikta Shah (@AdhuniktaS) September 17, 2022
"Another rumour is doing the rounds that 60 objectionable MMS clips have been found of different students. This is totally false and baseless. During the preliminary investigation conducted by the university, only one personal video was found which was shot by a girl who shared it with her boyfriend," Bawa said in a statement.
He added that all mobile phones and other materials have been handed over to the police for further investigation.
Meanwhile, terming the incident as unfortunate, Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann ordered a high-level probe into the matter.
The Chief Minister said that "daughters are our dignity and pride", adding that any such incident is highly condemnable.
He categorically said that anyone found guilty will not be spared and severe action will be taken against the perpetrators of this crime.
Meanwhile, former Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh tweeted, "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."
(With inputs from IANS)