Pornographic material and lewd remarks started flashing in a WhatsApp group created by undergraduate students of ancient Indian history and archaeology (AIHA) department in the Lucknow University (LU), leaving the students aghast.
The chief proctor of the university lodged a complaint with the Hasanganj police station in this regard on Sunday. The miscreant is yet to be identified.
The pornographic images and obscene messages were posted late on Saturday night in the WhatsApp group that was created by a female student at the direction of the faculty for sharing paper presentations.
Around 170 BA students were added via a link circulated by the teachers to get automatically added to the group. Some students exited after posting lewd messages and later re-joined the group.
Students say that the mobile number of the miscreant, which was showing in the group, belonged to a male student of the same class. When the latter was asked, however, he denied his involvement.
“Around 11.58 pm on Saturday, the first sexually explicit picture was posted on the group with the name and phone number of our male classmate. The picture was followed by a message that targeted four girl students through lewd messages,” said a girl student.
She said that the person continued with abusive and objectionable language for female students of the class and teachers as well. In the screenshots of the group shared by students, a number of messages from female students requesting faculty, late at night, to look into the matter and take strict action could be seen.
“When the abuses crossed all limits and objectionable words were used for our faculty member, I took to Twitter, tagging vice-chancellor Prof A.K. Rai and dean, student welfare, Prof Poonam Tandon to look into the matter,” said one of the students.