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Sex stink: DMRC lodges FIR against CCTV footage leak on Internet

Two days after Millennium Post published a report on CCTV footage of Metro stations being uploaded as videos on the Internet, Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has lodged an FIR in the Cyber Crime Cell of Delhi police on the issue. But neither DMRC nor Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), the two agencies that have access to the footage of the CCTV cameras placed inside Metro stations and trains, have done anything to take the video recordings of couples getting intimate in the Metro and Metro suicides, off the Internet.

In the leaked footage available on YouTube and various pornography sites, couples were shown getting intimate inside a Metro tain. Millennium Post was the first to report about the leaked videos on Monday. After the matter was revealed by the media, viewer hits on the videos have gone up in the past two days. But the concerned authorities are yet to direct the websites to take the videos off the Internet.

Reacting to the Millennium Post report, sources said that the representatives of women's commission have asked the DMRC to submit a report on the issue within two days. DMRC has also ordered an internal inquiry into the matter.

But while DMRC has also taken a step in the right direction by lodging an FIR, CISF is still busy blaming the DMRC for leaking and uploading the videos on the Internet. Hemendra Singh,  public relations officer of  CISF said, 'We are not planning to lodge any complaint as we are in no way involved in this case.' On Tuesday, CISF officials also claimed that they do not monitor the CCTV footage of the cameras placed inside the trains. Earlier however, Rajeev, DG (CISF) and the public relations officer of the agency had agreed that they have access to the footage of all cameras placed at the platforms and inside the trains.

A spokesperson of DMRC said, 'We really want to know who leaked the footages on the Internet as Delhi Metro falls under the hypersensitive zone category. Leaking the videos on the Internet can be a security threat as well.' A source in DMRC said on the condition of anonymity, 'New rules for the officials who are monitoring the footages will be framed shortly. DMRC will keep a tab on those officials who have access to the control room. Security at every control room will be also be  increased.'

When Millennium Post spoke to a few regular commuters on the Delhi Metro, they were very upset with the misuse of the CCTV cameras that have been installed as a security measure. 'This is unacceptable. The couple who were shown in the footage must lodge a complaint,' said Ritu (name changed), a commuter.

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