New Delhi: An assistant professor at the Institute of Information Technology (IIT) Madras was caught red-handed for placing a mobile camera inside the women’s toilet. He was arrested after a PhD student using the restroom found the camera attached to the window facing her. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein, 68, Gets Coronavirus in Prison Serving 23 Years of Sentence For Rape And Sexual Assault
The accused, identified as Subham Banerji, was a project employee at the varsity’s Aerospace Engineering Department. He was arrested on Monday and is currently out on bail, the police said as quoted by The Indian Express. Also Read - Trending News Today March 16, 2020: IIT-Madras Scholar Pretends to Have Coronavirus After Being 'Dared' by Friends, Let Off With A Strict Warning
According to the police report, the camera a “foreign object” was seen “sticking out of a small opening near the water pipes”. The woman told police officials that when she found the mobile phone, she saw that the camera was on and recording. She immediately rushed out, locked the adjacent men’s washroom suspecting the opening to originate from there, and called the security guard. Also Read - Harvey Weinstein Hospitalised Due to Chest Pain After Receiving 23-Years of Imprisonment in Landmark #MeToo Case
When the guard went to the men’s toilet near the spot, the accused professor was caught locked inside a room. However, Banerji denied allegations of wrongdoing. On investigation, it was revealed that he had been spying on women students for more than a year.
The police, however, could not find any video footage on the employee’s mobile phone which was eventually sent for forensic examination. A further investigation is underway.