Saturday, December 8, 2012

India: Despite ForeseeableThreat, Surveillance Cameras Removed Because Beach-goers Offended


Abdicating to protests from women beachgoers in recent days, the Puri district administration on Friday (December 7) removed all surveillance cameras from the beach area, all the time realizing that the cameras were initially installed to counter criminal threats against beach-goers.

Now, here’s the interesting part: The cameras were only installed on Wednesday (December 5)!

In the meantime, since the cameras were removed, hoteliers are now demanding adequate foot patrols in lonely parts of the beach, to adequately protect their guests.

COMMENT: The reason the surveillance cameras were installed to begin with was because of criminal violence against hotel guests.

For instance, a Russian couple was assaulted on December 23, 2011, while a Czech tourist was attacked on the beach in the evening while strolling with his wife on May 17, 2010.

Also, a 28-year-old Russian woman was injured following a stabbing incident on a lonely part of Baliapanda Beach on January 18, 2010.

It seems illogical that local residents would be more concerned with security guards viewing them on the beach in contrast to tourists and residents alike who might actually become victims of violent crime. 

Also, if the tourists feel threatened, they will simply go elsewhere.

As a matter of interest, tourists should be observant of areas they visit to determine the presence of surveillance cameras, which may or may not have been installed for their protection.

Puri is a city situated on the Bay of Bengal in the Indian state of Orissa. It not only has some of the best beaches in India, but is positioned so that both sunsets and sunrises can be viewed.