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More police presence on MG Road...

A week after a 28-year-old woman was gang raped in Gurgaon, the city police and pub owners are taking the issue of security on MG Road seriously. Sunil Thapliyal reports.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2012 00:16 IST
Sunil Thapliyal

A week after a 28-year-old woman was gang raped in Gurgaon, the city police and pub owners are taking the issue of security on MG Road seriously.

While the police department has deployed more personnel outside the vulnerable point -- Sahara Mall, the mall and pub managements are leaving no stones unturned to provide a secure ambience in the area.

With the police breathing down on pub owners’ necks on closure timing and the mall management disconnecting power supply 15 minutes before the closing time, there is not much the pub owners could do but to follow rules.

As part of efforts to improve the security around such pubs, the mall security now undertakes routine checks every hour to avoid any eventuality. Moreover, pub owners and bouncers were seen escorting women to their cars or cabs.

“We have been losing business due to repeated law and order issues. However, to avoid such incidents, all the six pubs in Sahara Mall have deployed a team of 10 members to ensure the safety of visitors, especially women. We escort them till they pick a cab,” said Rajesh Thakan, the owner of Prison Bars & Pubs.

“We have taken all the necessary measures in Sahara Mall to avoid any such incidents and provide safety to citizens,” said Maheshwar Dayal, DCP (crime), Gurgaon. However, doubts regarding the security of women are still palpable.

When the Gurgaon police banned stag entries in the city’s pubs and discotheques, some discotheques and pubs employed women to lure stag revellers to keep the party going. Most of the women they use as ‘tools’ are hired on a monthly basis. This violates the Haryana Excise Act, which prohibits employing women in drinking places. Most pubs refute such allegations.

“This is a common practice. Owners and staff know this but keep their eyes shut,” said a pub employee on the condition of anonymity.

“With such activities still going on, another mishap can’t be ruled out completely. The police are only concerned with the fact that pubs shut down before 2am,” said Rohan Verma, who visited Sahara Mall with his family.

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