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Massive protests in Chandigarh University as girls’ hostel videos leaked online

Huge protests have broken out at Chandigarh University in Punjab's Mohali after a girl allegedly leaked private videos of her hostel mates online.

Massive protests were held by Chandigarh University students in Mohali on Saturday night after alleged ‘leaked objectionable videos’ of women hostel students went viral.

Protesting students of the privately-run university in Mohali on the outskirts of Chandigarh, alleged that a student made videos of girl students while taking a bath in the hostel. The video was later made viral on social media.

The protesting students also claimed that after the videos went viral, girl students living in the hostel attempted suicide. However, police refuted the suicide attempts claim. Police have arrested one student in the matter.

“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.

“Forensic evidence is being collected. So far no attempt to suicide has been reported. Medical records of students have been taken on record. People should not pay attention to any rumours,” he added.

Punjab School Education Minister Harjot Singh Bains has appealed to Chandigarh University students to remain calm and assured them that the guilty will not be spared.

“I humbly request all the students of Chandigarh University to remain calm. No one guilty will be spared. It is a very sensitive matter and relates to the dignity of our sisters and daughters,” said the Minister in a Twitter post.

Punjab State Women Commission took cognisance over the matter.

“This is a serious matter. An investigation is underway. I am here to assure parents of all students that the accused will not be spared,” said Manisha Gulati, Chairperson, Punjab State Women Commission.

However, Dr RS Bawa, pro-chancellor of Chandigarh University said, “The rumour circulating through media that 60 objectionable MMS have been found of different students 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.”

Mohali SSP Vivek Soni also said, “Only one video was found which the accused admitted to having made, “