The city’s population growth, as recorded in Census 2011, was an explosive 73%.
But the police in this part of the national capital region haven’t kept pace with the growth in the number of residents. The result: only 3,600 policemen are available for two million people in the city.
Gurgaon lags miserably behind Delhi in terms of police strength. Gurgaon, a city of 1,283 sq km, is not much smaller than Delhi, which has 90,000 policemen to man an area of 1,483 sq km. Delhi’s population, though, is more than eight times that of Gurgaon at 1.67 crore.
Working women venturing out do not feel safe in Gurgaon because of low police visibility. The Gurgaon police have a sanctioned strength of 5,222 cops, of which 1,500 seats are vacant. The cops are deployed only on MG Road at night and are not seen anywhere else.
Women employed by the city’s BPOs feel the number of female cops should be increased in the city because when they travel, only male police personnel can be seen.
A picket has been set up on MG Road and the number of women police personnel has been doubled, police said. The Rapid Action Force (RAF), for the safety of women, has been deployed on the stretch but other areas are left neglected, officers said. Besides, an all-woman PCR has been deputed.
In an interview, Alok Mittal, Police commissioner, Gurgaon told Hindustan Times that, "We have been working with sincerity to improve security of women."
Why is police visibility in Gurgaon low?
We need more personnel, but with the strength we have we are trying to give our best to the residents. Two battalions of RAF are deployed for the safety of women, and special teams are deployed in DLF City Phase 3 where most BPOs and companies are located. The SHOs of the 23 police stations also do night patrolling.
The police’s low visibility is causing people, especially women, to fear stepping out of their homes. What are you doing about it?
After the gang rape in December 2012, we prioritised the security of women. We have tried to enhance police presence, deployed women PCR staffers and kept an eye on bars, pubs and liquor vends.
What have you done to make residents feel safe and secure?
We’ve launched a day, dusk and night domination drive. This includes random combing of slum clusters especially in the wee hours. There are two aspects of providing security to women - detection and prevention. On both the counts, we have been working with sincerity. The women’s helpline remains active all day.