Delhi Metro CCTV footage leak exposes Moral duplicity in our Society

Social media is abuzz with news that cctv footage of couples in compromising positions captured by Delhi Metro cameras have been leaked to porn sites. The leak has been greeted with adolescent — and elitist — snickering instead of the serious concern it deserves.

The issue is evident in the way the leakage of the Delhi Metro CCTV footage has turned into a debate on morality. The fact that the footage, which is supposed to be guarded by the DMRC and the CISF, was leaked to porn sites points at the seamy practices inside an elite government security force and a premier government administrative body.

However, instead of being outraged over the inefficacy of government agencies the debate on social media quickly shifted to the moral standards of the couples who were taped getting intimate in the empty trains.  While some found the news amusing enough for wisecracks, other didn’t bat an eyelid before calling the couples caught on the cameras, ‘perverts’. Following are some Twitter Comments appeared since the news spread :

1.  Now delhi metro will play messages like. “Agla Station Rajiv Chowk… 2min ke liye Kapde Pehn Lo aur Break Le Lo”

2.  Couple talk in Mumbai local : This is our stop. Couple talk in Delhi metro : Pls don’t stop.

3.  Ek baat toh pata chali….CCTV camera’s in Delhi Metro are operational and working 😛

4.  Now they need to put one more public notice in metro: “DO NOT GET INTIMATE. CCTV IS IN WORKING CONDITION.”

5.  I think I would care if a video of me was being sold as porn on the Internet. Wouldn’t you?

6.  When Uncle Sam is busy tapping and watching everybody, Delhi Metro Cam decided to also watch everyone? Ha Ha…

What could be the other more serious implications of this leak? The fact that either the CISF or DMRC has employees who are given full access to footage and hence can misuse them. Given how important CCTV footage is during important investigations, one can imagine how easy it’ll possibly be to bribe and get the people in charge to tamper with important proof if there was to be a case built on evidence like that.

Also, if the leak is an indicator of the psychological make-up of the people involved, one can only imagine how alert they are while monitoring the CCTV footage for security issues. Let’s remind ourselves that the CCTVs are installed for the sole purpose of watching out for possibilities of security breaches.

However, trust a country like India to turn the issue into a moral debate and shake their learned heads at the inappropriate behaviour of the couples with little regard for the more serious issues of privacy, surveillance, and the use of data procured for supposedly security purposes.