Saturation CCTV coverage further marginalizes India’s Muslims – By Jai Vipra
The past few years have turned India’s capital city, Delhi, into a tinderbox of communal violence, majoritarian chest-thumping and police overreach.
Against this backdrop, a report by Forbes India has revealed that the city of 11 million people had the most CCTV cameras per square mile in the world. For Delhi’s marginalized citizens, such a giant surveillance apparatus is oppressive….
According to my own research published by the Vidhi Center for Legal Policy, the distribution of CCTV cameras across Delhi was uneven. We also found that some areas with a significant Muslim population were overpoliced in comparison to the rest of the city. These areas had more police stations per person than other areas. When facial recognition technology is applied to such uneven police deployment, its inaccuracies are bound to be magnified in line with police biases. Muslims living in these areas will face the triple bind of inaccurate technology, disproportionate police presence and police biases….