New Delhi, 23 July
After a series of video clips of couples getting intimate in Delhi metro coaches went viral on the Internet a few days ago shocking commuters, another clip was recovered on Monday raising questions over Delhi metro’s CCTV usage.
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC), instead of taking action against the misuse of CCTV footage apparently by its staff, resorted to moral policing. appealing to the public to maintain decorum while travelling.
"The DMRC appeals to the public to maintain decorum, discipline and etiquette while travelling on the mass transit system," said Mr Anuj Dayal, spokesperson, Delhi Metro.
Regarding the leaked video footage, the DMRC said the video clip has been sent to its Chief Security Commissioner (CSC).
"To check the video, the DMRC has passed on this video clip to its CSC for investigation. The earlier video clips of similar nature are also under examination by the Cyber Crime cell of the Delhi Police," added Mr Dayal. The idea behind installing CCTVs to provide security to commuters has now turned into a bane for them.
Cyber law expert Pavan Duggal said the leak of CCTV footage is a serious crime and should be treated as a wake-up call. "I have not seen any such footage yet but if this is authentic, it should be taken seriously by the government as it is a prohibition of Section 69 of IT Act which invites punishment for three years and Rs 5 lakh fine," said Mr Duggal.
He said CCTVs are being installed at several places including malls, markets, parking lots, ATMs, offices and public places but no concrete law has been made to maintain individuals’ privacy "Thus strict guidelines and acts should come up soon to maintain people’s privacy and the government should intervene in the matter. Also that there is no guideline for this in the IT Act is also a matter of concern. The video clips’ authenticity, however could be checked only by the forensic department," added Mr Duggal.
He said any electronic device can be forged, tampered, manipulated and fabricated and this is the fastest emerging crime in the nation.
An official in the IT department in a Noida mall also felt CCTVs can be misused. He said monitoring is as important as installation.
"After any blast or terror attack, the government or the agency concerned straight directs us to install CCTV but when it comes to maintenance or monitoring, they put it on anybody. For the purpose of security, these cameras are good, but when cyber crime is at its peak, precautions should also be taken," he added.