It’s an era of cut-throat competition where safety of women does not count. What does matter is making money. And this is why several discotheques and pubs employ women to lure stag revellers.
Gurgaon Police has banned the stag entries in the city’s pubs and discotheques. And to keep the money going, most pubs resort to these tactics. Most of the women they use as ‘tools’ are hired on a monthly basis. This, despite the fact that the Haryana Excise Act does not allow employment of women in drinking places.
These women often come from poor backgrounds. They leave for home between 2am and 4am at their own risk. And this is why they encounter drunken vagabonds on roads, where police presence is largely nil. Most bars also flout Punjab Shops and Establishment Act that makes it mandatory for employers to provide necessary security cover to women employees.JP Mann, deputy labour commissioner, Gurgaon, said no discotheque or pub owner has ever applied for special permission to employ girls after 8pm as the BPOs did.
Labour department officials confirmed that the victim’s name did not figure on the attendance register of Last Chance, the pub where she allegedly worked. They also said the pub had not applied for permission to employ women in evenings.
“We showed our attendance register to a labour department team on Tuesday. There was no mention of the victim. We did see her roaming around the pub but we can’t keep a check on such girls,” said Rajesh Mehta, the pub’s co-owner.
Police officials lament that bar owners easily shrug off their responsibility by saying that these women are freelance companions of their customers.
Haryana happens to be one of the four states of the country where its Excise and Taxation Act does not allow women to work in bars, though Delhi did allow women bartenders to work there three years back by amending its laws.