Leaked footage of couples making out on the Delhi Metro has hit major port websites, according to a Hindustan Times report. Eerily reminiscent of the Delhi Public School MMS sex scandal, which broke out in 2004, the scandal this time around involves hundreds of unsuspecting couples.
With more than 250 clips of couples making out in near-empty trains doing the rounds, the possibility of government officials being behind the uploaded content is being brought to light. There is one simple reason for this. The volume of videos – clearly a string of surveillance clips – that have been uploaded definitely points out to a perverse government official getting his kicks at the expense of the system.
Citizens travelling on the Metro, and all other forms of public transport for that matter, entrust their security to officials in charge of the Metro. While a few videos could definitely have been shot by other travellers, surveillance footage cannot be accessed by someone without clearance. The idea that surveillance material can just appear on porn websites is ludicrous, to say the least.
Hundreds of CCTV videos of couples making out in the Delhi Metro has hit the Internet (Image credit: Getty Images)
The blame game has already started between agencies to mitigate the scandal that is beginning to rise. While government agencies bicker, it now seems like the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation is passing on the buck to the Central Reserve Police Force, which the police force is shifting back onto the Metro authorities.
But the “Delhi Metro Scandal”, as it is now being called, raises a lot of questions. The first question: What exactly are the authorities planning to do about this massive breach of security? The second, more important question: Will the authorities who are responsible for this leak be bought to task?
In India, the stand that the law takes on pornography is clear. While shooting and distributing such videos is considered a criminal offense, will the authorities responsible for these clips being distributed be dealt with accordingly?
The couples caught in these videos are the worst affected. The nature of the Web ensures that individuals being caught on the camera can face adverse results for a long time to come. Thus, the question of compensation does come up. While an inquiry will definitely take place, will the couples whose privacy has been compromised in such a gross way be helped in any way?
With the PRISM scandal having highlighted the thin line that government security agencies tread in the name of surveillance, can Indian security agencies be trusted with sensitive data anymore? India has a similar system, called the Central Monitoring System, which has access to vast amounts of personal data. The massive database that has been gathered in the name of the Adhaar scheme is another move by the government, which seems keen on keeping a firm thumb on its citizens.
The number of sophisticated tools that security agencies are employing to spy on citizens is increasing, which means that the idea of privacy being respected is quickly becoming a farce. But people still tolerate this because they believe that it is for the good of the country, and that sensitive material, videos or photos, if gathered, will not be put out in the public sphere.
That belief can no longer stand the light of reality for sure, after the Delhi Metro Porn Scandal. All that remains to be asked in light of the latest surveillance videos breach is: Does the government really know the power of the Internet? With the life span of videos that hit the Web spanning decades, can citizens trust government officials, who are responsible for their security, to actually respect their jobs and not leak sensitive information as and when they feel like it?
Updated Date: Jul 09, 2013 20:28 PM