Braid Chopping Aftermath: Boom In CCTV Use In Kashmir

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Srinagar: The mysterious braid chopping incidents send entire Kashmir Valley in a tizzy but it proved boom for those dealing in CCTV cameras in  Kashmir Valley.

The braid chopping has instilled a sense of fear among the residents so much so that they have started installing CCTV cameras as an added safety measure.

According to reports, scores of people have installed CCTV cameras at their homes to monitor the suspicious activities, particularly in the Srinagar city.

A government employee said he installed at least 4 closed-circuit televisions (CCTV), also known as video surveillance at his house after nearly 200 braid chopping incidents in Kashmir.

The idea of installing CCTV cameras came to his mind, he said, after his daughter-in-law’s hair was chopped off twice by some unknown persons.

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Installing monitoring cameras is new for the common people of the Valley. Usually, government and security agencies installed it to monitor the suspicious moments of militants and their workers. It is also been used by Police to nab the stone throwers.

While it was also earlier common to have CCTV cameras in commercial establishments, government offices or educational institutions, now people are installing them in their houses to keep an eye on mysterious braid choppers. 

Hilal Ahmad, a businessman from Karan Nagar says, it was natural for people to use technology, especially when it comes to safety and security of women folk. Hilal, who has also installed the monitoring cameras at his house, the security of woman “can’t be compromised”.

Mohammad Umar, a businessman from Lal Bazaar Srinagar, who also installed CCTVs at his home after the continuous braid chopping incidents says that it gives people a sense of security, knowing that they can keep a tab on what was happening back home at any given point.

 “We used to sell five to six cameras per day but the demand for cameras have grown since the braid chopping incidents in Kashmir,” says a dealer of CCTV cameras in the city centre Lal Chowk

“We got requests from people for different requirements and the demand is growing everyday,” he says.

Over 200 braids of women were chopped off mysteriously in two months by some unknown persons. The J&K Police maintains that it was “mass hysteria” that gripped the entire state, particularly Kashmir division.

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The police also urged the residents of Jammu on November 01 to install CCTVs cameras in their colonies, shops and houses, and at important roads to prevent crime in their areas.

A leading dealer of the cameras in Srinagar said the basic model of the CCTV costs 15-20 thousand. It includes 4 set of cameras, wiring, adapter and a monitor.

CCTV Camera is basically an electronic camera that is used for video surveillance. These Cameras come in several different shapes, sizes, styles, configurations and are designed to meet different purposes.

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