Camera in women’s washroom at church sparks row

Vastavam web:Parishioners at one of Mumbai’s oldest churches are furious at installation of a CCTV camera inside women’s washroom.They have sent a missive to the archbishop of Bombay, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, asking what the people in charge of St Michael’s Church in Mahim are trying to achieve by recording women. “Why are our priests of St Michael’s parish being more ridiculous by the day?… Just what are they expecting to capture on cameras? Women with their pants down or their sarees up? Are they missing out on something?” Karen C D’Souza, vice-president of Association of Concerned Catholics, has said in the letter. “This is total exposure for women…Please tell our priests to wake up and be sensitive to us ladies. We don’t want men crowding around hoping to see some live porn.” The letter adds that the church might as well shut the washroom since women cannot use it with a camera pointed at them. The church, built by the Portuguese in 1534, said the camera was installed for female parishioners’ safety and to prevent thefts. But it offered to remove the device if it was making women uncomfortable.