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 - QS Subject Ranking 2021: IIT Kharagpur Features Among Top 50; IIT-Bombay, Delhi, Madras Among Top 100 Engineering Institutes
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 - Holding Breath May Increase Risk of Getting COVID-19 Infection: IIT Madras Research
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 - IIT Madras HSSE 2021 Exam Dates Announced, Application Process to Start From THIS Date
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.