Woman Safety today is being debated and sadly it is not much better especially in countries like India. Always carry a pocket tool kit of Pepper sprays / SOS enabled devices / a small knife in purse. Beside them here are a few tips we found for occasions they could be helpful and you can add your comments and ideas if you have any other better suggestions or any incidents that you have come across.
1) What should a woman do if she finds herself alone in the company of a strange male as she prepares to enter a lift in a high-rise apartment late at night?
2) What to do if a stranger tries to attack you when you are alone in your house, run into the kitchen.
You alone know where the chili powder and turmeric are kept.And where the knives and plates are. All these can be turned into deadly weapons. If nothing else, start throwing plates and utensils all over.
Let them break. Scream. Remember that noise is the greatest enemy of a molester. He does not want to be caught.
3} Taking an Auto or Taxi at Night.
Before getting into an auto at night, note down its registration number. Then use the mobile to call your family or friend and pass on the details to them in the language the driver understands .Even if no one answers your call, pretend you are in a conversation. The driver now knows someone has his details and he will be in serious trouble if anything goes wrong. He is now bound to take you home safe and sound. A potential attacker is now your de facto protector!
4} What if the driver turns into a street he is not supposed to – and you feel you are entering a danger zone?
Use the handle of your purse or your stole (dupatta / shawl) to wrap around his neck and pull him back. Within seconds, he will feel choked and helpless. In case you don’t have a purse or stole just pull him back by his collar. The top button of his shirt would then do the same trick.
5} If you are stalked at night.
Enter a shop or a house and explain your predicament. If it is night and the shops are not open, go inside an ATM box. ATM centers always have security guards. They are also monitored by close circuit television.
Fearing identification, no one will dare attack you.
After all, being mentally alert is the greatest weapon you can ever have.
Please spread it to all those women you care & spread awareness as this is the least we can do for a social & moral cause and for the safety of women. May not be ultimate ways for safety, but could be a few handy tips.
- Alert! : Going to the ATM? Precautions : A Woman brutally attacked in ATM (propelsteps.wordpress.com)
- Self-defence workshop for Chennai women packs a punch (thehindu.com)