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Beware of peeping Toms in trial rooms

A young lady alleged that she caught an employee of a sports apparel store taking her snaps on his mobile phone as she was trying on a dress in the trial room.
By Kumkum Chadha | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON JUN 12, 2008 12:33 AM IST

It’s scary and disgusting — and it can happen to you in any city. A young lady on Wednesday alleged that she caught an employee of a sports apparel store taking her snaps on his mobile phone as she was trying on a dress in the trial room.

The store is located on the busy Linking Road, an upmarket shoppers’ paradise in suburban Mumbai. This correspondent had stopped for a cold drink in front of the store when she came across this young, distraught lady. “Know what happened just now?” she said. “I was trying on an outfit in the trial room, and I caught a guy taking my picture from beneath the door. He got me nearly naked.”

She was fighting back tears. Suddenly, a lady employee of the store joined her. “My boss is on the line,” she said, holding out a mobile phone. Clearly, the young lady had made a noise at the store before walking out. She refused to speak on the phone. She then showed HT a pink mobile phone. “I snatched this from the guy,” she said. “This has lots of pictures.” As a crowd started gathering, the staff pulled down the store’s shutters. They promised to dismiss the employee, a trainee, and hand him over to police.

Later, when HT contacted the lady, she said she did not want a police complaint. A family member said they did not want legal hassles.

Such cases have not been reported in Delhi although there’s a good chance that like the Mumbai victim, many would have been reluctant to go to police. “Delhi never had such cases in trial rooms, but a few incidents have occurred in ladies’ toilets and hostels,” said Delhi police spokesman Rajan Bhagat.

“In such cases, the shopowner should also be held responsible. It is tantamount to outraging the modesty of women,” he added.

(Inputs from Avishek G Dastidar in Delhi)

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