Chandigarh University video row: What to do if your child reports abuse, bullying, harassment

Chandigarh University students held massive protests in Mohali on Saturday and Sunday night, after alleged ‘leaked objectionable videos’ of women students went viral.

The protesting students 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 protests broke out over initial inputs that videos of 60 girl students were allegedly shared by the accused with her friend in Himachal Pradesh. The university, in an official statement, said that no “objectionable video was made of any students except a personal video shot by a girl, which she shared with her boyfriend”.

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

Three people – a girl student of the university and two men – have been held by the police so far. The girls’ hostel warden has also been suspended for alleged misbehaviour with students.

Punjab State Women Commission chairperson Manisha Gulati visited the university campus. “I understand parents’ concern and I want to assure them that the incident is being investigated by the police,” she said, adding, “it is a matter of deep investigation why the woman, who made the video, did so. Whether or not she shot videos of other girls is a matter of investigation.”

If your child is going through any possible case of abuse, bullying, or harassment, here are some ways that can help you support them as a parent: