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Cameras in Bangalore park to ward off lovers


Shylaja Varma,CNN-IBN
Jul 01, 2014 at 08:39am IST

Bangalore: Watch out if you are taking a stroll at the Bugle Park in Bangalore, for the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike or the BBMP has installed surveillance cameras. This is, to control couples indulging in public display of affection, what the Mayor of Bangalore calls an anti-social activity.

"Families go to the park with children. When children ask parents what's going on in the park, parents cannot tell anything. That is why we've put these CCTV cameras - to avoid anti-social elements," Mayor BS Sathyanarayana told CNN-IBN.

"These anti-social elements are not our area. They come and misuse the park." Couples caught getting cosy on caemra be asked to leave the park. In what's being seen as a case of moral policing, the BBMP has installed six such CCTV cameras on trees and rooftoops at the popular Bugle Park in Basavanagudi area in South Bangalore. The leafy park sees a large number of students from the nearby colleges.

Although the authorities claim such a move came after they received complaints from residents, not surprisingly, the idea of surveillance hasn't gone down well with many young Bangaloreans. "It is a huge invasion of privacy," said a student.

"The BBMP should install cameras in buses and bus stands instead of parks. They should focus on real issues like theft and women's safety, and not on private matters," said a Pre-University student.

The agency now plans to install such CCTV cameras in all the parks across Bangalore, apart from busy areas in the city.

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