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Gangrape effect: Don’t let women work beyond 8 pm in pubs,malls

Under fire after the gangrape of a woman,Gurgaon admin directed all malls,and pubs to let women staff go home early.

Under fire after the gangrape of a 23-year-old woman who was snatched by car-borne men as she emerged from a Sahara Mall pub early Monday,the Gurgaon administration on Tuesday tried to deflect criticism by directing all malls,commercial establishments and pubs not to let women employees work beyond 8 pm.

Deputy Commissioner P C Meena,who chaired a meeting in this regard,said a woman employee could work beyond the permitted time only if employers are granted permission from the Labour department.

Expressing concern over incidents of attacks on women,Meena issued a list of Dos and Don’ts to mall owners and pub operators. These include:

Pub operators have to maintain records of visitors,keep photocopies of identity cards,address proofs of customers and get it checked from the SHO concerned every 15 days.

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Employers have to ensure transport for women employees.

Log book to record vehicle details,registration number,time of departure,name of driver and others.

Surprise checks will be carried out.

Owners to install CCTV cameras at boarding points near buildings.

Establishment owners have been told to implement these directives immediately and report log book entries to police stations.

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Any information about women employees working after 8 pm should be sent in advance to the Labour department. During checks,the permission letter from the Labour department will have to be produced.

Meena said it would be the responsibility of owners of pubs and malls to ensure that these places close according to the time permitted in their licences.

He warned that if any owner flouted licence norms,a case would be registered not only against the pub owner concerned but also the mall owner.

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He said every pub owner will have to create an IP address and provide direct Internet access to the DCP concerned so that activities inside these premises could be monitored and recorded. The CCTVs at the premises should have recording backup of at least 30 days.

Meena asked police to step up vigilance and take strict action against drink driving outside shopping malls.

First published on: 14-03-2012 at 02:28:34 am
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