Though the city is yet to get over horrific memories of the New Year’s Eve brawl on MG Road in which a girl was molested by a group of 30 hooligans, another case of eve teasing by two Maruti Suzuki engineers in the busy Galleria Market on Thursday night has come as a shocker.
Both cases come as a grim reminder of how unsafe Gurgaon is, particularly for women.
The year gone by saw a surge in crime cases and residents are worried about the deteriorating law and order situation in the Millennium City.
Rising incidents of thefts and murders has earned the city a bad name and raised questions on the ability of the Gurgaon police in tackling crime despite their claims of best efforts.
But probably it is still not good enough.
According to police records, more than 7,000 cases of crime were reported in 2011, including that of murder, theft, attempt to murder and burglary.
Such data reflects poorly on the police and people are increasingly asking if the department is failing to keep pace with a city that is growing by leaps and bounds, in terms of population and urban development.
While 103 rioting cases were reported in 2011 as compared to 77 a year ago, cases of abduction increased by 17.07% — from 41 in 2010 to 48 in 2011.
Inadequate police patrolling at night is a major reason for increasing crime and city residents feel unsafe to venture out after sun down.
A recent survey by Hindustan Times and C-fore revealed that growing crime is one of the main concerns that worries Gurgaon residents.
People who participated in the survey rated crime and corruption as one of the important issues after basic civic amenities such as water, electricity, roads, and public transport.
As many as 68% people complained about poor law and order situation.
Only 3% residents said that the present situation is better than earlier and a mere 22% felt safe while travelling alone at night. On the other hand, police officials claim
“We have solved all major cases which took place last year. The policemen on duty saved the girl from molesters on MG Road on December 31. They stepped in at the right time or things could have gone from bad to worse. Two of our men were also injured in the melee,” said Maheshwar Dayal, deputy commissioner of police (east), Gurgaon.
The Facebook page of the Gurgaon Police was also showered with praises for the department after the incident.
The police, however, have an uphill task in a city that has seen phenomenal growth in the last decade, thanks to the real estate sector and increasing urbanisation. It must pull up its socks and live up to the city’s image and expectations of residents.