Women escorts facilitating the entry of stags into pubs for money have been banned by the Gurgaon police.
In the garb of ‘helping’ single men gain entry in discotheques, women charge Rs 500 per entry and Rs 1,000 or more for sharing a drink and a dance. Coming from poor families, the women from Delhi and Ghaziabad find this an easy way to make quick money.
Cracking the whip against the practice, which has resulted in exploitation of women, the police have decided to keep a tab on women hanging around pubs or malls looking for customers.
At the same time, police have also decided reinforce the strict ban on stag entry in discotheques and pubs to avoid brawls that have earned Gurgaon a bad name. HT spoke to the gang rape victim, who worked as an escort and was abducted from the MG Road, by seven men. “How can the police ban this work? It is the bread and butter for so many women. When people are ready to pay to get entry and the pub is generating revenue, why should we suffer? The police should do their job and not force women to stop working.”
Though not officially hired by any pub or bar, HT saw several women getting entry for single men.
“We have banned the illegal business and now, no stag entries will be allowed. Women used to charge money for dancing for a few minutes. Due to change of partners, brawls took place in pubs,” said DCP (crime) Maheshwar Dayal.
He added, “We are not against working of women but we do not want any kind of nuisance happening in pubs and malls anymore. We will not allow girls to wait outside pubs for any activity which not authorised under law. Most men walk in as they know getting entry would not be a problem as girls are easily available. Only couples will be allowed and no partners will be available outside pubs. We will take strict action and the guilty will be booked under non-bailable offences.” A woman working at the Sahara Mall said, “Nuisance is created not because of women but due to men misbehaving after getting drunk.”