— #GauravPradhan (@DrGPradhan) April 3, 2015
Coming close on the heels of outrage by women all over the world, a showroom in Goa was found by none other than the Union HRD minister Smriti Irani of keeping a hidden camera in its trial room and now the case is in the police hands but the outrage is all over India now on its social media.
Smriti Irani, known for her decade-old TV serial role in “Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi” found the hidden camera in a Fabindia showroom in Candolim focused on the trial room with open roof. When she alerted her husband, he called the local MLA who brought the police to the showroom and an FIR was filed.
The footage of the video recording was done in a computer in the manager’s office with a hard-disk. Soon, member of the National Commission For Women, Shamina Shafiq, called for a full probe. Goa CM Laxmikant Parsekar spoke to Union Minister Smriti Irani, assuring action against the culprit.
The store manager, however, said the cameras are to keep a tab on shoplifting and not for trial room recording. Every store will repeat the same answer. So, what will happen now?
Fabindia stores all over India may abhorred by women and it may even close down but will it stop other store owners from following the same saddist mindset?
Earlier, a McDonald eatery in London came into news for having a camera, hidden in smoke detector,
MCDONALD’S HAS DEFENDED the use of a hidden camera in the bathroom of a Dublin restaurant.
The primitive device, hidden in a smoke alarm in men’s bathroom in its Temple Bar branch, pointed towards the sink area. But no one stopped visiting McDonald nor its washroom.
The Goa incident, thanks to Smriti Irani, should wake up women and the policy makers who allow eateries and showrooms to install cameras in the name of security. Moreover, neither the enforcement nor the stores can afford staff to overrule cameras in such establishments.
Unless it becomes a public and voluntary movement, Indian women cannot escape the evil eye above in trial rooms and toilets. Better watch above in every washroom and trial room to avoid such incidents.
Here are some reactions on Twitter:
Impressive that @smritiirani was smart & aware of her surrounding to spot hidden camera. All people need to be similarly alert about things.
— Ishkaran S. Bhandari (@Ish_Bhandari) April 3, 2015
Smriti Irani spots hidden camera peeping into trial room of Goa store; FIR filed..thank god its BJP govt. there
— QueenBee ♕ (@vaidehisachin) April 3, 2015
— murali (@muralipiyer) April 3, 2015
Cameras not inside trial rooms, they are in the store to check shoplifting: Fabindia boss to NDTV on Smriti Irani’s complaint
— NDTV (@ndtv) April 3, 2015