The Millennium City has become a haven for runaway couples as three to four such couples from neighbouring states come here every month seeking protection.
The city has a “safe home” in the complex of the State Council of Educational Research and Training. “Runaway couples get the police protection and one-room set with attached toilet and furniture,” said a senior police official on the condition of anonymity.
According to a shelter home employee, every month three to four couples come in the city for protection. “We provide the shelters and other basic facilities. They have to pay only Rs 100 per day as rent,” said the employee.
In July, a lesbian couple — Beena Dhama (22) and Savita Rani (24) — came to the city from Bagpat in UP and took shelter here after a court asked the police to provide them protection. “The couples who come here have one thing in common. They all have relatives in Gurgaon district. The lesbian couple has a relative in Manesar, while Ramesh Kumar and Anupama Kumari (names changed) have their relative here,” said Vinita Vashist, a lawyer.
On August 10, a local court had given protection to another couple. Akran Ali, 26, and his wife Krishma, 19, both got married in February this year. Akram said that they got married in a Gurgaon mosque. He works in Delhi, while the girl is a BA 1st year student of a local college in Gurgaon.