Women employees working at Feroze Gandhi Market in Ludhiana are feeling insecure due to bouncers hired by contractors looking after parking. Women working at different offices in the market allege that bouncers "misbehave" with them.
The move to deploy bouncers, who were employed by the contractors a few days ago, has also not gone down well with people visiting the market for shopping or other purposes.
Traders and Property Owners Association, Feroze Gandhi Market, has complained to authorities concerned regarding the matter. However, all complaints have so far fallen on deaf ears.
Col Harjap Singh (retd), president of the association, alleged, "The goons (bouncers) employed by the contractor who looks after the parking has led to insecurity among the women staff. They also harass the male staff when they enter the premises. These bouncers surround the car and ask for money."
"It gives us a feeling as if we are not paying money for parking, but are being threatened to pay money by a group of goons," Singh alleged.
He further said it also gave a feeling of a fortified area where people could not enter without permission. "It looks like a military area where entry without permission is prohibited," he said.
A woman, on the condition of anonymity, who works with an insurance company, said, "I feel insecure whenever I reach the entry point to the market. The bouncers start starting at women and many a times laugh when women talk to one another." She added that her husband had asked her to change her job in case the problem continued.
Parking contractor Abbas Raja said the people employed were not bouncers but supervisors, who had been employed to keep a check on the staff charging money from vehicle owners. "These supervisors have been employed to check that there is no misappropriation of money collected by the staff," Raja added.