Personal Protection: Tips for Women to Be Safe
Dr. Jitendra Nagpal, Psychiatrist with Moolchand Medcity from New Delhi shares some important personal protection tips for women to be safe. He says “As per the National Crime Board Bureau, India capital confirms 572 women rape cases last year. Episodes of sexual harassing in the form of stalking, eve-teasing and even chasing are something we hear and experience in our day-to-day life.”
He further adds, “Being harassed is a disgusting feeling and the person who has faced it obviously feels emotionally traumatized. One should always try to stay alert and prepare yourself for such incidents by being more aware of your surroundings.”
Get help to get over this horrifying situation, the psychiatrist says, “To get over the trauma, try sharing it with your loved ones such as your siblings, friends or even parents. And if this does not help, get professional medical help.”
Here are some personal protection tips for women to be safe:
Raise Alarm, look for help
Safety is every human’s right and there is no harm in getting aggressive to draw other people’s attention towards the offender.
Look out for danger
Be aware of your surroundings, watch out for the people around you. If you find somebody taking extra interest in you, or if you see someone turning again and again, take note. Bring it to the notice of the cops in the area. Don’t ignore it and immediately seek help. Also, in an unknown place, keep important helpline and emergency numbers handy. When you feel the situation is beyond your control, call for help without a second thought.
Listen to your gut feeling
Keep your instincts on alert. Listen to your gut feeling to gauge whether a person trying to be over friendly means harm or not. If a person is making you uncomfortable, or a situation is suddenly going from friendly to overfriendly, get out of there as fast as possible. Remember, don’t involve yourself in arguments with strangers, be polite but firm. It’s better to take precautions and be on your guard.
Busy places are safe
Try to avoid lonely places during late evenings. Don’t walk alone on stretches, especially in the dark. Going to a popular and crowded place can actually make a woman less of a target, as it helps to blend in with the surroundings and get help when needed.
Always keep some self defense tool
For your safety, carry important self-defense tools such as pocket knives, pepper spray, torch, etc.
Women are seen as naïve and innocent, hence it is important to educate yourself on personal protection especially if you are traveling or living alone. With these simple, yet crucial, tips for women to be safe, you can stay alert and safe in a country where women get very little help from neighbours, governments or the law.
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