New Delhi: Hours after the Gurgaon police appeared to struggle to arrest the gang of six who have been accused of raping a 23-year-old woman close to the Sahara Mall, the swish township's reputation of modernity being just a facade for brute lawlessness is gathering strength. Most residents now believe their safety is only about self-initiative.
Ajay Dube, a member of the Residents' Management committee, says, "We have to arrange for security ourselves. We are at the mercy of these security guards."
Most working women in Gurgaon report random stalking, chasing on vehicles and eve teasing in public places.
Prashanti Menon, a Gurgaon resident says, "We are scared when we go back home. There is no emergency number even where we can call. Often cars overtake and stop. Thankfully, I have a driver but what about those who don't?"
Gurgaon was planned to be a marque satellite township close to the national capital. However, the infrastructure is crumbling and law and order is a constant problem.
The Sahara Mall area is the epicentre of this growing lawlessness.
Rising crime against women: A timeline
January 27, 2012: Woman allegedly beaten up by bouncers at bar in Sahara Mall.
December 31, 2011: Woman molested by mob outside Sahara Mall. Molesters clash with cops, hurl stones.
December 14, 2011: Bartender at a Gurgaon pub raped by a cab driver while returning home.
The crumbling law and order is matched only by shabby civic services.
Sandeep Jain, MD of The Solo Group, says, "This area was billed to be Singapore City. Now we don't even have basic civic amenities. I am contemplating moving to Manesar."