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Gurugram’s MG Road RWAs support ban on entry of single women in pubs

Most clubs and pubs on MG Road are not granting access to women unless they are accompanied by their husbands and are able to furnish proof of the fact that they are married.

gurgaon Updated: Jul 12, 2018 14:43 IST
Leena Dhankhar
Leena Dhankhar
Hindustan Times, Gurugram
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Following the police crackdown on pubs and bars at Gurugram’s MG Road, the entry of single women has been barred by club owners. (Yogendra Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Residents of colonies around MG Road are happy that the clubs on the notorious 2.5-km mall mile are denying entry to single women, following a crackdown by the police last week.

Describing the police action as “much- needed”, they said the it will help improve law and order situation in the area as incidents of visitors engaging in brawls and alleged solicitation had become frequent. Some of them said the ban on entry of single women will check the alleged sex trade and immoral trafficking as there is no other way to differentiate between the genuine visitors or someone soliciting immoral business.

Residents said they will now reclaim their ‘lifeline’ and can visit the malls again. “We have not been to these malls (on MG Road) in the last three years, not even for shopping. Since the police has taken action, we can visit our favourite places and don’t have to go the malls located far away from our area. This is a great move for us,” said Smriti Chabbra, who has been living in DLF Phase 2 for the past two decades

The residents said that law and order situation at MG Road had deteriorated over the last few years with the opening of multiple pubs and bars in the area. They alleged that cases of fights among “women”, and their “handlers”, who visited the mall daily had ensured that it remained out of bound for the locals.

“It is quite a well thought out move to ban single entries, be it male or female, in the pubs as it will help the police to check several illegal activities. Some may term it a regressive step but if you consider the current lawlessness, you will agree that it is a welcome decision. Our complex had suffered initially due to the alleged solicitation but we took steps to control it and were backed by area police officers,” said Rajeev Sinha, former president, Essel Tower RWA.

“The ban should continue for at least two months after which it can be lifted. This will ensure peace for the residents,” Sinha said.

Local residents also alleged that since it was an “organised business” the police failed to take action despite repeated complaints. It was only when drunk men and women entered scuffled with the police officials, or there were clashes between the guests and bouncers at pubs that action was taken against offenders, they said.

“Initially, they ran their trade from the pubs. Later, they came out on the streets. Drunk men and women could be seen roaming in the area from 10 pm to 12 pm. We had complained to the police over a dozen times in the last five years but this is the first time that we have seen some action. This will change the image of MG Road and city’s lifeline will be restored to the residents,” said Vinod Tayal, vice-president, DLF Phase 2 RWA.

Last May, the residents of MG Road had launched a community initiative to “reclaim the city’s lifeline”. Archana Saxena, a resident of Heritage City on MG Road, had piloted the drive and involved residents of all condominiums and residential complexes around MG Road.

“We had stopped going to malls in this area and instead preferred to visit Sohna Road or Golf Course Road. The latest decision is very good. This will go a long way in creating a safe environment for our women in the city,” Saxena said.

The residents had also written to Prime Minister’s Office in April last year, seeking his intervention. The complaint was later forwarded to the commissioner of police office seeking a report, said Tayal.

RWAs of different condominiums located on the MG Road said they will back the police action “wholeheartedly”. “The children had stopped moving out and the women preferred to stay indoors or else they would be harassed by the club visitors. Now, I hope the situation would improve and action will continue,” Anurag Gupta, a resident of Sahara Grace, MG Road, said.

Police said the action was not “temporary” and will continue as it has brought peace on MG Road and no nuisance has been reported in the past 10 days. “We want to provide a safe atmosphere to the residents. People living near the malls (on MG Road) had complained in the past too. Residents had stopped visiting these malls with family after sundown,” said KK Rao, Gurugram police commissioner.

First Published: Jul 12, 2018 14:43 IST