'During primary interrogation Sajib confessed that in 2019, before getting fired, he used his mobile phone on a selfie-stick to record female staff changing clothes'
Police arrested a former Aarong employee for possessing secretly recorded videos of his female coworkers changing clothes in the changing room, which he later used to extort money or sexual favors.
A case has been filed against the suspect with Banani police station by Cyber Security and Crime Unit Sub Inspector (SI) Faruk Hossain, under the Digital Security Act 2018, and Pornography Control Act 2012.
Sirajul Islam Sajib, who was fired from Aarong's Banani branch last year, was arrested from Dhaka’s Shewrapara area on January 25, confirmed Dhaka Metropolitan Police's (DMP) Cyber Security and Crime Division Deputy Commissioner (DC) AFM Al Kibria.
Around 30 videos of at least 10 female Aarong staff members changing their outfits inside a staff room of its Banani outlet were found on Sajib’s phone, said police sources.
According to the case statement, a female employee of Aarong’s Banani branch lodged a general diary (GD) accusing Sajib of uploading on Facebook on January 11, a video of her changing clothes inside a changing room.
Following which, at one point Sajib pressured the victim to send him naked pictures of herself, and threatened that he would otherwise release the previous video clip he had.
The GD was filed with DMP's Cyber Security and Crime Division on January 16.
Kibria said: "The suspect's Facebook account, used to blackmail his former female coworkers, was found logged in. A few explicit videos sent to various accounts were also found.
"During primary interrogation Sajib confessed that in 2019, before getting fired, he used his mobile phone on a selfie-stick to record female staff changing clothes."
Aarong, a renowned fashion retailer, issued a statement on Tuesday regarding the issue, claiming that they are aware of the matter and have been helping the victim from the very beginning.
Aarong has a strict policy against sexual harassment and will take necessary steps against the person who is responsible for this crime. Aarong is also cooperating with the authorities concerned to bring the culprit to justice, said the statement signed by its Chief Operating Officer, Ashraful Alam.
Dhaka Tribune tried to contact Tanvir Hossain, manager of marketing and sustainability at Aarong, to ask why they did not file a case against Sajib when he was sacked over such allegations.
However, Tanvir did not answer his phone.