What would you do if you see a stranger recording a video of you?
On Monday (16th May), a Facebook user known as Uma Mageswari shared that she caught a man recording a video of her on the MRT (Mass Rapid Transit) in Singapore on 13th May (Saturday).
“This is a video that I had recorded on 13th May 2017 Saturday at 7:40pm a minute or so after I had boarded the train at Outram MRT. I was heading towards Harbourfront to meet a friend. This guy quickly plonked himself on the seat opposite mine though it wasn’t as if the train was crowded and he had to race to get a seat,” she wrote.
Uma also added that was seated at the far ends of the carriage. She continued, “He then proceeded to whip out his phone and I think the rest speaks for itself once you view the video.” In the 1-minute clip, the suspect can be seen holding up his phone while pretending to act disinterested in Uma. The reflection of the window behind him clearly shows that he was filming her.
“The dumbass didn’t realise his folly obviously. I made my own recording of him but understandably lost my temper afterwards when confronting him over his actions. The MRT staff were most helpful and the SPF (Singapore Police Force) arrived at the scene within minutes. Upon further investigation this chap was found to be in possession of similar videos though I am told they were rather obscene in nature of unsuspecting victims,” Uma said.
Besides that, the man, who has been identified as Suraj, said that Uma “was like his sister” as his “feeble” attempt of an apology. “Please always remain aware of your surroundings and never be afraid to speak out against such acts that may be committed against you or others around you. You don’t have to be a victim of your circumstances. Ever,” she emphasised.
As at time of writing, Uma’s video was viewed over 1.8 million times and her post has been shared more than 11,800 times.
While many netizens expressed concern for Uma, others praised her for taking action. Dharma commented, “Thank you for standing up and taking action. Women are facing much harassment from these idiots from where he is from. The victims I know so far don’t wanna take action or call the police. Thank you once again.”
If you ever find yourself in a similar situation as Uma, don’t be afraid to seek help.
Sources: Uma Mageswari’s Facebook page.