This Thursday, police registered a case against a well-known clothing brand’s outlet for allegedly installing recording devices inside women’s changing rooms.
The store in question, it is learnt, is situated at ChenOne Road in Faisalabad.
Police have already made arrests with two people apprehended as suspects.
— PakiXah (@PakiXah) February 7, 2018
These hidden cam — said to be a smartphone — was discovered by a law student, Noman Zaffar, who visited the store along with his sister. Noman’s sister went to the changing room and found camera (smartphone) concealed in the room.
To gather evidence, the customers recorded footage of the hidden video camera and their location via their cell phones.
Unsurprisingly, the staff at that outlet – after discovering that their gig was up – tried to confiscate their cell phones to get rid of the evidence.
Shockingly, as per the customer’s accounts, the staff even threatened to post their changing room videos over on social media.
As Noman blew the whistle on this practice, his story went viral over social media.
Here’s how Pakistanis reacted about the alleged breach of privacy and lack of decency by the outlet in question:
Women are not safe anywhere in this country. Don't even trust a fucking try-room here because some pervert will be making videos of your mothers, sisters, daughters, wives, girlfriends change.
Levi's store in Faislabad hid cameras in the ladies changing room. Slow Clap. pic.twitter.com/xs9063i8cU
— N (@__Dragunov) February 8, 2018
— Ali Gul Pir (@Aligulpir) February 9, 2018
Any fitting room which is not empty and has boxes stacked inside surely has hidden cameras installed Personally seen try room of brand stores in #Pakistan like #JDOT @LEVIS @ChenOnePakistan @AmirAdnanDesign @GulAhmedIdeas full of inventory increasing probability of hidden cameras https://t.co/xVRxxB0oS1
— Asad Ali Qureshi (@QureshiAsadAli) February 8, 2018
— Shoaib Mirza (@iShoaibMirza) February 8, 2018
Shame on Levi's
Faisalabad outlet and its Management
They Caught Red handed with Hidden Cam in Female Changing Room#shameLevis
— 𝐌𝐮𝐛𝐚𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐫 (@MouBasherHassan) February 8, 2018
— Mansoor (@memonburger) February 9, 2018
— 𝐃𝐫. 𝕵𝖎𝖇𝖗𝖊𝖊𝖑L ₲Ⱬ₮ (@SiR_GaMeZaLoT) February 9, 2018
@LEVIS @LEVIS Store must be SEALED and STAFF must be Arrested on Urgent base after HIDDEN CAMERA'S in ther CHANGE ROOM, It is Test case for PUNJAB Govt @GovtOfPunjab @CMShehbaz @MaryamNSharif #Levis #ChangeRoom #HiddenCamera's #SHAME pic.twitter.com/vdAb0OT01v
— Fawad Ahmad (@Fawad086) February 8, 2018
The suspects, namely Rizwan and Fayyaz, tried to get their hands on the customer’s mobile phone to delete the evidence.
According to reports, the camera had been installed by two third party employees without the management’s consent.
But due to their negligence and ineffective control, four people – including the owner of the outlet, the manager, and the two suspected employees have been booked under the Pakistan Penal Code. Two employees have been arrested and the Police has not disclosed the names of the owner and the manager so far.
The outlet got sealed according to Madina Town’s superintendent. He added that a mobile phone, that was used to make videos, had also been confiscated.
After interrogation, the suspects revealed that they started filming the changing rooms around three days ago before getting caught. They said that they only managed to record three videos but deleted them afterwards.