Next time you enter a trial room to try on a dress, make sure you look around. A 23-year-old woman executive of an MNC spotted a mobile phone on video-recording mode tucked inside the gap of the trial room door of premier brand showroom, Van Heusen, in Southeast Delhi’s Lajpat Nagar area on Monday afternoon. The showroom manager has been arrested.
The woman raised the alarm the moment she spotted the phone and also made a call to the police control room. “The complainant spotted the phone inside the trial room. When she checked it, she found that the phone was on video-recording mode. The woman said she was always vigilant whenever she entered a trial room. She said she spotted the phone when she looked around to see if everything was fine,” a senior police officer said.
Soon after the incident, a raid was conducted at the store and store manager, Pulkit Sanwal, was arrested. The mobile phone has been seized, police said. A case of molestation and voyeurism, under Sections 354 (molestation) and 354C (Any man who watches, or captures the image of a woman engaging in a private act in circumstances where she would usually have the expectation of not being observed) of the IPC has been registered against him.
During questioning, Sanwal allegedly told police that it was he who had put the phone there. Sanwal, an MBA graduate who hails from Lucknow, joined the store as its manager eight months ago. According to police, Sanwal confessed that he placed the mobile phone inside the trial room to record videos of women trying on clothes.
Police are now trying to ascertain if the accused was using the recorded videos for commercial purposes or only for personal consumption. His mobile phone has been seized and sent to the FSL for examination. “The motive behind him recording the video is still unclear. Even though he confessed that he did it for personal reasons, we are trying to ascertain if he sold them off to websites. The phone has been sent for an FSL examination so that deleted data can also be recovered. Investigation in the matter is on,” an officer said.