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Friday, 25 April 2014

10 things to do for woman's safety

Safety of women is very important when she travels alone. There has been many changes over the years and women travel at odd hours in many places. One act of violence and life is shattered. There have been many cases of women being attacked with or without company. Though lots of safety measures are in place, there are certain things to do when women feels unsafe in public and when she is alone.

1) If someone follows you
Instinct tells you to run to your home but that won't be right. Stay calm, try to call someone and let them know what is happening and your location. Try to reach to a place where there is lot of public and light. This is sure to distract the person who follows you with bad intentions. Be confident and if you are confronted make sure to create a lot of noise so people get attention and help you out.

2) Closed spaces
Many of us use public transport for travel and there is always a crowd doing lot of pushing. Some creepos try to take advantage of such situation to grope you or touch you. Be very much aware of surroundings and if  this happens create lot of noise as other people would help you to nab the culprit. Take care of your belongings to as they tend to get misplaced or stolen during such places. Even when you have to take lift and there seem some rowdys inside, do not take the lift. Wait for it to empty or use the stairs.

3) Best friend
If for some reason you have to travel to any area which might not be safe make sure to have a trusted company with you. Do not travel alone.  If you have to go to any area make sure to let your whereabouts known to your family of close friend. Some times when you are taking late night train, be sure the compartment you are travelling  in is not empty as people take advantage of such situation. 

4) Trust your instincts
Women always have their sixth sense on which tells them to be on their guard all the time. If your sixth sense tells you the person or the place you are going to is not right, do not try to be brave and go ahead. Instinct would tell you to move away from that place so always trust what your instincts tell you.

5) Safety on streets
Always be aware of your surroundings where ever you go. Avoid places like restroom, parking area or parks in dark and when you are alone. Do not wear or carry too much jewellery on you and avoid going to ATMs during late hours. If you are confident, there are less chances of being a victim.

6) Scream
Now this situation needs full awareness of situation and surroundings. Do not want to get some innocent in trouble. do we? If you encounter something unpleasant, don't get scared and scream the loudest to get attention. Stay calm and be smart. Use common sense to avoid anything harmful. 

7) Pepper spray
Very important thing to carry in your purse. Be sure to keep it with easy access and which can be removed fast. Spray it directly in the attacker's eyes. The effect wont be lasting long but it would give you enough time to run and get some help. This is very basic tool for self defense.

8) Cell phones
Keep your cellphone battery fully charged with enough credit to make emergency calls. If there is some unwanted situation, call up a friend or family and keep talking making them aware of your location and surroundings. Keep the call on till you reach your destination. Always carry the phone in your hand just in case you need to make quick call.

9) Self defense
The top most safety tactic is to learn basic self defense. Some people do not pay attention but it can turn out helpful when its needed. Judo, karate etc are the form of self defense. If someone jumps on you or attacks you suddenly your basic training in self defense comes in handy. Kick the person in the most vulnerable parts of the body. It is eyes, chest and genitals. Take some classes to learn the basics.

10) Women helpline
In India, 103 number was created to help the women.  Once the call is received, an attendant will take down the area name and intimate the nearest beat marshal. Keep the number on speed dial to ensure fast access. Not many are aware of this number and many measures are being planned to ensure safety of women.

Remember, stay calm, confident, aware and smart but not over smart. Do not do things which can cause damage you. Do share this article if you like it.


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