Spycam, a device which was earlier thought to be exclusive for journalist and whistle blowers has now become a common weapon for the common people who are trying to disclose acts of corruption or the various instances of harassments at workplace
Businessmen who deals in the spycam selling business has infact said that their business has picked up after Aam Aadmi Party's first tenure in Delhi.
Aam Aadmi party during its tenure has asked the people of Delhi to record any acts of corruption through spy cam or conduct a sting operation which can be used a proof against the guilty.
The advantage of such devices are that they are easily available for as less as Rs 2,000, can record for upto eight hours and be hidden in just about anything.
However, pens, buttons, key chains, pen drives and sun glasses installed with spy cams are the most sought-after because of their price -- between Rs 400 and Rs 5,000 --
A store in west Delhi which offers spycams that are fitted in mosquito repellants, table clocks, calendars, televisions, neck-ties, pendants, room fresheners and even shaving cream tubes.
HR Chauhan who runs the business of selling spycams while speaking to an English daily has said “there has been a decline in corruption” because people know there can be a spycam anywhere,”
“Just yesterday I sold a spycam to two girls fed up of harassment in their office. Different kinds of people come to us. It may be a secretary planning to expose her boss or people involved in property. Those trying to bust corruption buy it often,” Chauhan added.
With the growing demand for spycams which were earlier imported from China and Israel has now compelled traders to set up their own Research & Development wings.
“We usually get 20-30 orders from across the country every day. We have so many prototypes to choose from. And there is the option of cash on delivery,” said a trader who did not wish to be named.
Social scientist Ashis Nandy said “Public, bureaucracy, government and the police do not trust each other. Government keeps things secret and people want to break the code,” This has resulted in the incidents of spying with the hidden cameras a trending one.