Apr 5, 2015

Minister and former actress Simriti Irani caught peeping cam in store

India is becoming a dangerous place for women, and now even the women ministers are not spared. A shocking news came on board that a case was registered against Goa outlet of the popular clothing chain FabIndia on Friday after Union Human Resource Development Minister and former “Saas bhi Kabhi Bahoo thi” fame actress Smriti Irani said a CCTV camera was pointed towards the changing room she used.

Police detained three staff members for questioning and have sealed the store. A case has been registered under Sections 354 C and 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code against employees who were monitoring the cameras. Police seized the camera.

Ms. Irani, on a two-day holiday to Goa with her family, raised an alarm on noticing the camera. She called BJP MLA in Calangute, Michael Lobo, who reached the outlet along with the police. He lodged a complaint on her behalf.

Mr. Lobo said the camera was located just above a beam touching the trial room. “The trial room has wooden ventilators in the shape of cubes and squares for air conditioning through which the camera had a clear view inside,” he told The Hindu.

Mr. Lobo said he checked the camera at FabIndia store in Goa after Union Human Resource Minister Smriti Irani complained. “It was indeed recording the scene inside the trial room. We rolled the footage 20 minutes back… there was objectionable footage of people changing,” Mr. Lobo said.

FabIndia managing director William Bissel said the cameras did not focus on the trial room. In a clarification posted on its Facebook page, FabIndia said it was “deeply concerned and shocked at this allegation.” The outlet was in the “process of investigating this internally and will be cooperating fully with the police. Senior officials of the company are on their way to Goa and will be present during the investigation,” it said.

The larger concern now was to check if the culprits were circulating the footage outside or not, there is a threat that they must have used the footage for some evil purposes as well. This incident has made women alarmed over the famous clothing chains and now they are conscious of using trial rooms as well.

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