Student, 2 Men At Centre Of Chandigarh Hostel Row Arrested: 10 Facts
No objectionable video of students was shot or sent by the woman student accused of it, the police said a day after a massive row at Chandigarh University. The woman had sent her own video to her boyfriend and both have been arrested, the police said
Here are top 10 facts from this big story
- The row in the university, located in Punjab’s Mohali, was apparently triggered by rumours, which had spread panic among new students who did not know each other, the police indicated. But the students were not satisfied and protests continued at the university till late evening despite police assurances of further probe by a Special Investigation Team.
- The woman, a hostel resident, has been arrested and accused of voyeurism and under the IT Act. Her boyfriend, Sunny Mehta, 23, who works with a travel agency, has also been arrested from Shimla. A second man, who works at a bakery, has also been arrested from Shimla, the police has said.
- Following the protests, the Punjab police formed a Special Investigation Team headed by a senior IPS officer to investigate the students’ allegations.Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann had promised a high-level inquiry into the incident.
- In a statement earlier today, University Pro-Chancellor Dr. RS Bawa said, “The rumour which is circulating through media that 60 objectionable MMS have been found of students… is totally false and baseless”.
- “So far in our investigation, we have found out that there is only one video of the accused herself. She has not recorded any other video of anyone else,” said Mohali police chief Vivek Soni, news agency ANI reported.
- Senior Punjab Police officer Gurpreet Deo said the police met 50-60 women students who live on the same floor along with the accused. “Most of them have joined a new session and do not know each other,” Ms Deo was quoted as saying by news agency Press Trust of India.
- “I want to clarify that the students are now happy because their concerns have been addressed. The students needed a clarification on whether the accused’s phone had videos of other girls. Prima facie, we did not come across any such videos,” she said.
- The police are still investigating the matter and the accused woman’s phone has been sent for forensic tests, which can spot and recover deleted videos. The area around the bathroom is also being checked for hidden cameras.
- “Even if the girl was sharing her video which you may say is a private affair between a boy and a girl, but what if tomorrow that youth misuses the video? Earlier too, we have handled cases in which such videos have gone viral on social media,” Ms Deo said.
- Protests took place post-midnight at the university campus after some students expressed concern that a woman student had made obscene videos of them and released them on social media. Three or four women students claimed they spotted her taking photos in the common washroom from underneath the door.