In what comes as an addition to the repeated offenses being committed by voyeuristic individuals, a woman in her mid-20s found a hidden camera phone in the washroom of One Drive-In restaurant on Road No 10, Jubilee Hills. The incident came to light when the woman went to use the washroom and found a hidden camera on a shelf in the washroom. She immediately took the phone to the Jubilee Hills police station and lodged a complaint.
Upon investigation, it was found that the phone belonged to a 17-year-old Bongarala Banerjee from Nalgonda, who was working at the restaurant. However, after being caught, the boy denied any mischief and simply stated that he had forgotten the phone in the washroom when he went to clean it.
A case was booked under Section 354C (voyeurism), 509 (insulting the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), and Section 67 (publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form) of the Information Technology Act. Incidentally, the police found four hours of recording in the camera phone and took up further investigation.
According to stories that appeared in media, the woman in her mid-20s went to the restaurant with her friends and noticed a suspicious object near the ventilator. Another media house reported that she realized she found the camera was on and then informed the staff and police.
In another incident that took place in a train, a railway ticket collector was caught recording a woman passenger while she was using the washroom during a train journey. The person who was accused of voyeurism and stalking placed a camera on the windowpane of the washroom.
In yet another incident, a 14-year-old boy was held by police for allegedly taking photos of a woman who was bathing in a hostel next to his house in 2018.