Udupi Bathroom Case: Muslim girls admit to voyeurism ‘for fun’; Hindu activist faces Police scrutiny

The incident unfolded when the management of the renowned Netra Jyoti College a few days back took stern action against three female students after discovering a mobile camera in the women’s bathroom.

| Updated: 25 July, 2023 7:03 pm IST

UDUPI: A recent incident involving the alleged secret video recording of Hindu girls in the washrooms of a private paramedical college in Udupi, Karnataka has ignited communal tensions and has resulted in the police harassment of Hindu rights activist Rashmi Samant after she tweeted about the incident highlighting  the names of the Muslims girls, who allegedly committed the heinous act.

The incident unfolded when the management of the renowned Netra Jyoti College a few days back took stern action against three female students after discovering a mobile camera in the women’s bathroom. The college, which also operates as a private eye hospital and nursing home, swiftly suspended the accused girls, who are reported to be from the Muslim community.

However, the aftermath of the incident has seen social media abuzz with claims and counterclaims. Activist Rashmi Samant took to Twitter, drawing attention to the alleged involvement of Muslim students in secretly recording videos of unsuspecting Hindu girls and circulating them within their community through WhatsApp. She expressed concerns over the mental distress faced by the victims and urged action to prevent such incidents in the future.

 

Advocate Adhitya Srinivasan, representing Rashmi Samant, has come forward with a detailed account of the harassment faced by Rashmi’s family due to her tweets. The police visited her residence in an attempt to locate her, leading to questioning of her parents. Srinivasan emphasized that Rashmi’s tweets fall within her right to freedom of speech and expression, and he denounced any efforts to suppress her voice.

Despite claims from various sources, Udupi Superintendent of Police, Akshay M Hakay, has clarified that the matter has been dealt with at the college level. According to the police, no hidden cameras were used in the incident, and the accused students admitted to engaging in voyeurism for “fun” purposes. They subsequently deleted the recorded material following objections from the victims themselves.

“The incident was addressed at the college level, and contrary to allegations, the videos were not circulated. The accused girls have confessed to engaging in voyeurism for ‘fun’ purposes, and they promptly deleted the recorded content when the victims expressed their objections. As a consequence, the college has suspended the students involved. No police complaint was filed as the victims themselves wished to avoid further escalation of the matter,” he stated.

The incident has become a polarizing topic, with political parties taking opposing stances.

The BJP has condemned the state government, accusing it of intimidation and harassment against Hindus standing up against institutional persecution.

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