Peeping Tom case prompts police drive in all city malls, women-only washroomshttps://indianexpress.com/article/cities/delhi/peeping-tom-case-prompts-police-drive-in-all-city-malls-women-only-washrooms/

Peeping Tom case prompts police drive in all city malls, women-only washrooms

Police are also starting an awareness drive for women which will be done on radio and social media.

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The store at Central Market, Lajpat Nagar. (Source: Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

Two days after a mobile phone on video-recording mode was spotted inside the Van Heusen trial room in Southeast Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar, all area SHOs across the capital have been asked to carry out search operations in all major malls, showrooms and women-only urinals.

Special Commissioner of Police (Law and Order) Deepak Mishra confirmed that directions have been conveyed to all police districts and the drive will begin soon. “The search operations will be carried out to ensure that nothing illegal or inappropriate is being done in malls and showrooms — places which are frequented by public. The Delhi Police will make sure that the dignity of women is safeguarded.”

According to sources, SHOs have charted out a list of all major shopping complexes and showrooms in their areas and have also formed a team of five personnel — two head constables, two constables and a sub-inspector — supervised by an inspector, to carry out the search operation.

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“We have zeroed in on all major shopping complexes and will be carrying out a search operation in the trial rooms of all major showrooms to see if everything is fine. We will use women personnel for the purpose. A corner-to-corner search will be carried out in trial rooms and women washrooms in all major malls,” a senior police officer said.

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“If any showroom is found flouting norms and carrying out illegal activities, then a case will be registered against them and the store will be sealed,” he said.

Apart from this drive, police are also starting an awareness drive for women which will be done on radio and social media.

“The women need to be very careful when they visit showrooms, even if it is an international brand. They should check the trial room to see if there are any hidden cameras, before they try on clothes. In case they find anything fishy, they should immediately lodge a police complaint,” the officer said.