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Pubs throw age norms to the wind

Despite strict guidelines, pub staff do not care to check if an entrant is underage; cops for stern action against offenders

gurgaon Updated: Jul 15, 2013 01:41 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

The alarming scenes at a pub on MG Road on Sunday, where over 100 minor school students were found having a ‘good time’ with alcohol and hookahs, and the fiasco that ensued prove how pub-haunting is emerging as a trend among the youngsters of the Millennium City.

Underage boys and girls, all between 14 and 17 years of age, were found sloshed at the Buzz-in pub and lounge in DLF City Centre mall on MG Road. Although sources say such underage entrants are quite common at the bars and pubs of the city, because of the laxity of the authorities, this is only the second instance when such an incident has come to light.

The teens hailed from all backgrounds as the new merry-making ways have cut across the class divide. From government schools to prestigious private institutions, from Old Gurgaon to New - there were representatives from all quarters at the pub on Sunday.

“The children have been using social networking sites a lot these days and we suspect that invitation to this party was also given through some such medium,” said Maheshwar Dayal, joint commissioner of police.

No wonder that many of the kids did not even know who the birthday boy was.

This is a repeat of 2010, when on December 25 another such party was crashed by the cops.

The Gurgaon police had raided a pub called Prison at a mall, also on MG Road, base on the compliant by a schools’ welfare organisation - Haryana Progressive Schools Conference (HPSC).

Colonel Partap Singh, general secretary of HPSC, said, “Parents and teachers cannot monitor children round the clock as they go to these places on the pretext of coaching classes and group studies. So, it is the police’s duty to take strict action against these pubs and bars which allow children to enter. They should be sealed permanently, instead of being shut down temporarily.”

Concerned residents also believe that another reason for the children being allowed inside pubs and bars is the mushrooming of such establishments, creating more supply than demand.

First Published: Jul 15, 2013 01:39 IST