Gurgaon police steps up patrolling on MG Road, 20 women constables posted

Gurgaon police said additional personnel on MG Road will ensure prompt response in the event of an emergency

gurgaon Updated: Jun 24, 2017 22:28 IST
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Yashaswani Sehrawat
Hindustan Times
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The number of PCR vans doing rounds around Mall Mile has been increased to four.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

The Gurgaon police has decided to deploy more personnel and step up patrolling near Mall Mile near Gurgaon’s MG Road in the wake of an alleged spike in cases of eve-teasing and molestation.

The city police assured residents that it will increase its ‘visibility’ on MG Road, especially at night.

As many as 20 women constables will be deployed on the 1km stretch, along with four Police Control Room (PCR) vans. In addition, another 25 personnel will be patrolling the stretch on foot.

“The police has been patrolling the area in the evening for the past several weeks. From today, we have drastically increased our visibility on MG Road,” inspector Vikas Kaushik, station house officer (SHO), Sector 29, said.

He said that while PCR vans will be doing more rounds at night, additional police personnel will also be posted on the stretch to ensure quick response to an emergency.

“We earlier had only two PCR vans doing rounds near the Mall Mile at night. Now, the number has been increased to four. The rounds would begin from late evening and will go on till early morning. In addition, 25 police personnel will now be patrolling the area on foot, which not happen earlier,” Kaushik said.

Citing last Friday’s incident where two students were allegedly harassed and groped on MG Road, the SHO said that the CCTV footage of the day shows a PCR van passing by as soon as they come out of a wine shop. “This is where the deployment of more personnel would be helpful,” he said.

The city police will also deploy 20 women constables in the area. Many women often do not report incidents of eve teasing and harassment, as they feel uncomfortable sharing their experience with police officers, who are mostly men.

The two college students, who were harassed after being allegedly taken for sex workers last Friday, had not approached the Gurgaon police at the time. One of the victims told HT that they couldn’t find any police personnel on that stretch and didn’t approach the Gurgaon police later because they didn’t want to share what had happened to them with policemen.

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“Increasing the visibility in the area is necessary. Not only will it help women feel safe in the area, but will also keep eve teasers at bay,” Kaushik said.

Besides increasing their presence, the police have stepped up checking of shared auto-rickshaws that play near Mall Mile.

“We have impounded at least 10 autos today for traffic rule violations at Iffco Chowk,” traffic inspector Jai Bhagwan said.

Many women are forced to take shared autos in Gurgaon due to the lack of public transport in the city.

“These autos are always overloaded. They take 10-15 savaris (commuters) when there’s space for only 8. Many a time, I am touched inappropriately by men sitting beside me. When I question them, they say they don’t have space,” said Sunita, who works as a guard at Sahara mall.

Bhagwan said that strict guidelines, which include a limit on the number of passengers, have been laid down for shared autos.

“We have been carrying out regular checking of all shared autos at various points on MG Road,” he said.

First Published: Jun 24, 2017 22:28 IST