POLICE SEIZE PHONE
But He Gets Bail As Exams Are Due
Mumbai: The Azad Maidan police on Tuesday arrested a 26-year-old resident doctor at a south Mumbai hospital for allegedly filming two female colleagues when they were taking a bath. However, when the accused doctor, who is pursuing his Master of Orthopaedic Surgery, was produced before the Esplanade court on Wednesday, he was granted bail as his final-year exams are due .
On December 13, a female surgeon, who is 28-30 years old, was taking a bath in the common bath facility at the hospital, where other resident doctors also stay, when she noticed some movement on top of the bathroom. She saw a man’s hand holding a mobile phone. The bath facility has a 7-ft high partition wall, which does not touch the ceiling, said a police officer. But the accused left the washroom before she could confront him.
Another female doctor had a similar experience on December 15. Later, the two women discussed what had happened in the bathroom and suspected the accused doctor of being a peeping Tom.
“When they asked the accused to hand over his phone, he removed the memory card and gave it to them. As they did not find anything, they were forced to return it. But their suspicions were not allayed. Next day, they snatched the mobile phone from his hand, ran to their room, connected it to a USB cord and retrieved the deleted videos on a computer. They were shocked to see videos of them taking a bath. They then approached the police,” said an officer.
The Azad Maidan police have seized the mobile phone. “We will send it to the Kalina forensic science laboratory for analysis and retrieve the data, if deleted,” said investigating officer Anil Surve.
The accused, who hails from Pune, was booked under section 509 (outraging the modesty of a woman) of the IPC and section 66A (hacking) of the Information Technology Act.
The Times of India, December 19, 2013