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Rocking hard farewell parties leave Delhi schools worried

However, it’s partying hard which has left the management of schools worried, which in turn have shot missives to the parents that they have nothing to do with such parties being organised in Delhi.

Partying for these adolescents could mean booze, cigars, pubs and farmhouses. Nothing is inaccessible as long as these young children can throw money. If the bookings at the upmarket restaurants and lounge bars are anything to go by, the party schedules are chock-a-block.

According to a source in the police department, quite a few incidents are getting reported from pubs in south Delhi’s Saket, Vasant Kunj and Vasant Vihar areas. Though the police claim that after several pub owners were penalised they stopped allowing school children inside. The upmarket hotels too have been alerted. ‘So, the entire party crowd of the rich school-going population in their adolescence have moved on to farmhouses,’ said a police official.

‘Most of these parties are organised on a contribution basis, so it is not so difficult for the teenagers to afford a farmhouse budget,’ said the source. ‘Even if we get tip-offs regarding farmhouses being booked and raid a few, what about those cases in which the farmhouses are owned by the parents of the party-mongers, about which police have received information a few times in the past,’ the source said. ‘Also in farmhouses, the alcohol is not “served”, in which case legal restrictions can be imposed, they are rather personally purchased. So who is there to stop them?’ the source added.

On being asked about the frequency of such parties taking place at five-star hotels in the New Delhi region, additional commissioner of police (New Delhi), SBS Tyagi, said that no ‘such incident’ has ever been reported in New Delhi district. He further said, he will definitely look into the issue if he receives any such alert letter from schools or parents.

‘Delhi police always stay in touch with schools and these issues are often discussed. Shooting alert letters to parents is a precautionary or corrective measure. However, we haven’t received any official complaints till now, on basis of which we can take actions,’ said Rajan Bhagat, PRO of Delhi police. He further said, most of the raids on places serving alcohol to people aged below 25 years are carried out by the excise department, at times in collaboration with police, but seldom by the police alone.

For the records, In 2013, more than 100 boys and girls from reputed schools in Delhi-NCR were caught drinking alcohol and smoking hookah and cigarettes at a pub in Gurgaon. Police and excise department officials raided the pub during the ‘sex-and-smoke’ themed birthday party, hosted by one of the students. Police closed the pub down and arrested its manager.

In 2010, around 80 students from prestigious schools were seen smoking and drinking at another Gurgaon pub. The pub owner was later penalised. In both cases, the students were let off after their parents were called.
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