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Kochi Police takes swift action to apprehend a man who posed as a woman and recorded videos in a women's washroom at a mall.

Edited By : Mayank Kasyap | Updated: Aug 17, 2023 21:59 IST
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Screengrab of video showing burqa-clad man caught in mall. () Photo Credit: X/@shuja_2006)
Screengrab of video showing burqa-clad man caught in mall. () Photo Credit: X/@shuja_2006)

Kochi: A startling incident has come to light as the Kochi Police apprehends a 23-year-old individual who ingeniously disguised himself as a woman in a burqa while covertly recording videos within a women’s washroom. The shocking episode unfolded at a renowned mall, sending waves of disbelief and concern through the community.

In a perplexing turn of events, a young man named Abhimanyu, aged 23, was caught red-handed for his audacious act of dressing as a woman in a burqa and surreptitiously capturing videos from the women’s washroom at a well-known mall in Kochi.

Accused is engineering graduate

The swift response of the Kochi Police has led to the apprehension of Abhimanyu, a robotics engineering graduate employed in Kochi. He now faces legal consequences as he has been remanded to 14 days in judicial custody. The charges against him include IPC sections 354(C) (voyeurism), 419 (impersonation), and Section 66E of the IT Act.

The accused’s alleged scheme involved entering the women’s washroom, placing his phone discreetly within a box near the door, and recording videos without the knowledge or consent of the unsuspecting individuals. This unsettling behavior was flagged by vigilant security personnel who promptly alerted the authorities.

Burqa and phone in custody

In the aftermath of the arrest, the police confiscated crucial evidence, including the burqa used by Abhimanyu for his deceitful disguise and the phone that was employed for the unauthorized video recordings.

Unveiling a pattern

The Kochi Police’s probe extends beyond this isolated incident, as they delve into whether Abhimanyu has engaged in similar illicit activities in the past. The investigation seeks to uncover any potential patterns of behavior that may shed light on the extent of his actions.

Community’s response: A call for vigilance

The shocking revelation has prompted the community to be more vigilant and aware of their surroundings, emphasizing the importance of safeguarding personal spaces and ensuring a secure environment for everyone.


First published on: Aug 17, 2023 09:48 PM IST

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