For policing a city with a population of more than 15 lakh, there are only 3,500 police personnel.
This speaks volumes of the poor law and order situation. The acute shortage of manpower is visible, especially during the night, when busy crossings have been spotted with no police presence. A midnight watch carried out by HT has exposed the chinks in the Gurgaon police’s claim of providing foolproof security to citizens.
As a result, working women, especially those employed with BPOs, do not feel safe in Gurgaon. Inadequate police presence and poorly-lit roads force many women to stay indoors after dusk.
Though the Gurgaon police have a sanctioned strength of 459 women police officers, 118 spots still lie vacant. Moreover, women personnel were deployed on MG Road only after a gangrape was reported here in March. An additional all-woman PCR was also stationed on the Mall Mile.
Gurgaon, over the years, has earned the distinction of the ‘city of cabs’. In the absence of an effective public transport system, residents have to depend on cabs run by BPOs and private companies for their employees.
But this is not a safe mode of transport as incidents molestation and loot were reported by the drivers of these cabs.
Muskan Malik, a BPO employee and resident of Sector 57, said, "Earlier, I used to travel by the office cab. But after recent cases, we travel in private cars in a group of four. We don't trust cab drivers at all."
Kiran Arora, the mother of a BPO employee and resident of Sector 31, has spent many sleepless nights waiting for her daughter to reach home safe.
"I make sure my daughter calls once she finishes her shift and after she boards the cab. As a parent I feel scared when she is travelling alone with four other men in a car," she said.
"We have deployed about 30 women police officers on night duty at sensitive locations. We have adequate manpower to address Gurgaon's needs. As for BPO employees, their travel needs will be addressed by their employers," said DCP (east) Maheshwar Dayal.