Extreme security lapses & live security threat for the guests inside the hall - Careless & ignorant management of ‘marriage halls’ who are just stick to rent the hall on heavy sum i.e. more than 100 thousands for one night excluding dinning and other shows inside the hall
The poor Security arrangements at Marriage Halls in Karachi is getting people in total-shock where the guests are robbed- instead to enjoy with happy moment they go back with saddened, perturbed and distracted - unforgettable & reverberating the past.
In the Marriage Lawns & Banquets where the visitors attend the marriage of their kith and kin are deprived of precious metals, valuables and cash - a regular incidents reporting media.
Scary people avoid going and attending the marriage or other family functions as the place are not secured.
The victim stunts & makes hue and cry when reveals that they have lost their accessories from the Marriage Hall - from the Stage where Bride and Grooms celebrate the customs - and from Bridal Room where Bride is adorned & prepared to take her to the stage for video shooting & photo session with the family and friend.
Not only this, but children are kidnapped and family goes back home with heavy heart. The happy ending of lively events converts in sadness & extreme sorrow when came to know that the kid is missing.
A big question mark before the Marriage Halls who use to charge very hefty sum to rent the Hall just for 3 hours – a evening show that starts from 9.0 pm and ends at 12.pm where charges of special lighting, video shooting, dousing the stage in colors – showering the bride and groom with colors & beam of lights – spiraling & cluttering the Hall with alighted colored-balls are not inclusive in the hall rent but multiplies in thousands – a well magnificent outlook glittering the environment with serene and radiance.
The hall lights are even started to off from 12.00 pm onward to bell the guest to leave the hall – a normal practice attracts security threat due to insufficient lights in the hall – people forgets their stuff too while folding their belongings.
There is no marriage Hall in the city which is lesser than 80k rent just for 3 hours night. During peak season it goes sky rocketing.
It’s a well productive source of earning enjoyed by the owner of the Marriage Hall but owing to constant safety & security threats for the guest reducing its strength and people trusts – a serious issue which indeed needed to ponder that how to keep the crimes and criminals away of the Hall.
Here I will share the ordeal of marriage lawn known as ‘’SKY GLORIOUS LAWN’’ situated in Sakhi Hassan North Nazimabad Karachi where my relative met with robbery two times in the same Marriage Lawn.
In the event held in 2014 marriage of my sister’s son they lost 20k – In another event held yesterday on 12th Feb 2016 - daughter of my cousin (from maternal side) lost their whole handbag where the ‘SALAMI’ (money) received from the Guest from Bride & Guest from Groom.
An elder lady from the family had been assigned to collect such SALAMI envelopes & gifts i.e. gold rings, gold-earring & other valuables – the assigned lady was collecting such envelops and gift – she was keeping in the handbag but when the light of the marriage hall went off in order to celebrate the video shoots of Bride & Groom walking from bridal room to the stage.
The Hall had been enveloped in complete darkness except the light oozing from the video camera pouring & covering the couple from head to toe for video shoots & that was the ideal time for the robber to rob.
And when the Hall light restored the elder lady shouted ‘’where is my handbag’’ - everyone around there - stunned and went speechless - some relative rushed to the gate to stop and look someone to spot red handed but no avail – the man at the entrance gate in Shalwar Qameez sitting on the stool had nothing in his hand neither a staff nor licensed gun to spot the scene and maintain Marriage Hall mandatory security – a freehand to everyone and enter the hall.
Everyone was hunting around for the ‘’handbag’’ - turning down the chairs - raising couches up and looking under meticulously - sneaking around but no clue.
I entered in the office asking the person sitting on the counter - Can you check your CCTV camera we have a robbery in your Marriage Hall?
The responded me ‘’we don’t have any camera and it is not allowed because of ladies in the hall’’
I asked what option you have to check as the handbag stuffed with money and other accessories has been stolen - how you can help us? They replied in negative and said sorry for the incident.
I asked another question – who allowed the team of instruments musical band inside the hall? They replied we thought you have called them. What nonsense and ridiculous really?
A substantial loss to the family where the collection of SALAMI plus gold with other valuables & amount pertaining to final settlement for the hall/ dinning the whole sum stole and SKY GLORIOUS LAWN Karachi was telling sorry!
The family however left the hall woefully - it was Barat Party – even the family had their residence key in the same handbag when they arrived back they broke the gate and entered the house.
But I understand and prefer to Marriage Hall owner to ensure the safety and security of their guest instead to say ‘’No & Sorry’’ - Following remedy seems viable and do able to enforce in marriage hall to avoid of recurrence.
Why don’t Marriage Hall owner keep licensed security guards – a well trained security personnel because the guests particularly ladies wears ornaments – they adorn with costly jewelries’ and everyone has sufficient money with them too.
Ø While performing video shoots lights of the Marriage Hall should not be tuned off as it gives an ideal opportunity for the robber to rob the guests.
Ø Marriage Hall is not the thoroughfare – entry should be restricted and followed with ‘’invitation cards’’.
Ø If any guest does not have invitation card his/ her identity to be verified & confirmed through the family of Bride and Groom – no card no entry a basic call.
Ø Marriage Hall owners must be loyal with the guests – if there is complaints against their waiters they should take it serious
Ø If the complaint of robbery is lodged with the owner of the hall he must check the activity of their waiters & watch them secretly
Ø When the dinner is started the main entrance of the hall should immediately be closed and no one should be entertained unless bride and groom family verifies the late comer.
Ø When the family is sitting on the table –they generally put their stuff on it – so waiters of the hall should not be closed to the table or mingle with people or things
Ø A supervisor from the hall management must walk from end to end to watch any illicit activity of the guest or whoever is present in the hall.
Ø A hawk-eye hunt is required to save people and serve people from marriage hall management
Ø Flood light inside the hall must always be ‘’turned on’’ and it should never ever be turned off to avoid of any untoward
Ø Month before media reported the missing of a 7 year old boy from Marriage Hall who was kidnapped and shifted to Faisalabad but due to media intervention and police timely help the boy recovered
Ø No kids should be allowed to go out from the Hall unless they accompany with their parents or family
Ø If CCTV camera is not allowed in marriage hall then what is next option to monitor the stealing and securing the guest belongings
Ø In case of robbery in the marriage hall panic button should be installed in its office [under the table] so that alarm connected to the nearest police station may rush to the scene to nab and arrest the culprits.
Ø Save the people and save your property to gain trust of people
We Karaciites are living in war torn area the – the city has been confined with heavy lawlessness.
Nothing is safe and sound and Marriage Hall specifically can be targeted by miscreants’ & terrorist.
Robbery of mobile & purse snatching have been in our experience so nearest the marriage hall - law enforcement agencies must be deployed & hall management must appoint armed security personnel inside and outside the hall to main fool proof security otherwise people will go back to 80s where the such events have been meeting in the streets or in the vicinity of the residents.