The Punjab Police on Monday formed a three-member, all-women Special Investigation Team to probe allegations by students of Chandigarh University that a hostel had recorded several objectionable videos of female students in a common toilet. The SIT was formed under the leadership of senior IPS officer Gurpreet Kaur Deo, police said.

The team is thoroughly investigating the case and no one involved will be spared, Punjab Director General of Police Gaurav Yadav said, adding, “Investigation is in full swing.” On Saturday night, protests were held on the campus of Punjab University Mohali over the issue. Some students even claimed that the videos recorded by the student were even leaked. They also filed charges of disorderly conduct against the warden. However, the university management rejected these accusations as “false and baseless”.

Police also said the student appeared to have shared a video of just her with a 23-year-old “boyfriend” and no objectionable video of any other student was found. She was arrested soon after her alleged boyfriend was nabbed from Himachal on Sunday. A 31-year-old man was also arrested from the hill state on Sunday evening. The duo was then handed over to the Punjab Police.

All the three accused will be produced in the Kharar court in Mohali on Monday, police said, adding that the woman’s mobile phone has been seized for forensic examination. After assurances of a fair and transparent investigation, the students called off their protest around 1.30 am on Monday, Mohali Senior Superintendent of Police Vivek Sheel Soni said.

The university then declared “non-academic days” until September 24, after which several students returned home. Some parents of the students also took their wards from the campus. He also suspended two wardens for negligence and declared “non-school days” until September 24.

Besides, sources in the university said that a joint committee comprising students and senior officials has been formed to deal with certain issues such as the duration of stay in the hostels. This is due to the fact that students demand more privacy in the toilets and rest in the dormitories. The university said on Twitter that it stands by its students.

“We are always with our students, whether it’s their academic aspirations or their safety and well-being. We will leave no stone unturned to fulfill this commitment to our students,” the microblogging platform said. Meanwhile, the Punjab DGP urged people and students not to follow rumours.

“I want to assure students, parents and society as a whole: first, we will respect the privacy and dignity of all people. Secondly, we will conduct a thorough investigation and those involved will not be spared…,” he said. “I want to appeal to everyone to remain calm and peaceful and not pay attention to rumours. There is a lot of content circulating on social media that is sometimes unverified and unverified. So, I would say that I am looking for information in real channels. All of us as members of society are obliged to maintain peace and harmony,” he added.

An FIR under Section 354-C (voyeurism) of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act has been registered in the matter and further investigation is on, police said.

Read everything The latest education news and Latest news here

Source by [author_name]