A 29-year-old constable was arrested by the Bandra police on Thursday (August 22) for secretly filming his woman colleague twice while she was changing in the restroom of a bank, where they were posted, police said.
The accused is identified as Aniket Parab, a resident of Worli police line. An FIR was registered against him under section 354c (voyeurism) of the Indian Penal Code. He was suspended soon after he was arrested on Thursday, said an officer of Bandra police station.
An officer said Parab has been remanded in judicial custody and was later granted bail on a personal bond of Rs.15,000.
Parab was attached with the local arms division and posted at a government-owned bank on Hill Road. The lady was posted at the same bank, the official added.
The complainant told police that on Wednesday (August 21), around 4.45pm, she went to the restroom to change her clothes after reporting to work. Parab was already there in the restroom that left after being requested.
However, while changing, the complainant observed that Parab had left his phone inside a transparent pocket of his bag, where water bottles are usually kept. She saw that the camera of the phone was facing her and a handkerchief was placed on top to hide it, she narrated.
On checking, she discovered that the video mode was on. She told the police that was the second day she had observed his phone being kept in the same fashion and had thus suspected something was amiss.
When confronted, Parab retaliated scolding her for touching his phone while trying to prove that there were no recordings on it.
“I strongly suspect he deleted the videos. I then informed my seniors. The deputy commissioner of police reached the bank and after hearing the whole matter, he asked me to immediately lodge an FIR against him,” she told the police.