Women's safety common sense tips
|Posted by Shreeya Jayaraman|
|on MAY 14, 2013|
Recently, I’ve seen a viral post that claims to give expert tips for women who might be in a dangerous situation. I am not sure who these experts are, but I’m really sure that their tips are mostly not useful, and might lead you into even more danger.
I’m not claiming to have been formally educated in women’s safety, but I have been trained on the streets, buses, trains and even planes of the world. As a woman, I have had my share of sexual harassment and each experience has taught me that common sense is my best friend!
So let’s look at each of these expert suggestions through the eyes of common sense:
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?
Experts Say: Enter the lift. If you need to reach the 13th floor, press all the buttons up to your destination. No one will dare attack you in a lift that
stops on every floor.
Common sense says: Don’t get on the lift (elevator) at all! If you’re on, just press the next floor and get off! Every lift is equipped with a stop button. The guy can stop the lift between floors, and then you are most certainly in danger!
2) What to do if a stranger tries to attack you when you are alone in your house, run into the kitchen.
Experts Say: 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.
Common sense says: Run outside! Don’t get trapped in a room from which you can’t exit. You need to remember that all these weapons might be used against you. Your best bet is to just get away
as quickly as possible.
3) Taking an Auto or Taxi at Night.
Experts Say: 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!
Common sense says: A good suggestion. The important thing is to make sure the driver knows you’re paying full attention to the road. If he takes an unfamiliar route, then insist that he change it and go the route you know. In case you’re unfamiliar with the place, most phones have a GPS navigation system. Keep that on and make sure you’re going in the right direction. Don’t take any calls or text during the ride,
as these are distracting. Also, there are some apps that allow your friends to track you using the GPS system on your phone. You could invest in that to make sure people know where you are at all times.
4) What if the driver turns into a street he is not supposed to - and you feel you are entering a danger zone?
Experts Say: Use the handle of your purse or your stole (dupatta) 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.
Common sense says: Don’t cause an accident! You’re in that car as well, and whip-lash is not pleasant. Instead, get out of the car as soon as it stops at a traffic light. Use your GPS to track your location and find your way home. I also suggest leaving money on the meter so that the guy doesn’t run after you and accuse you of cheating him.
5) If you are stalked at night.
Experts Say: enter a shop or a house and explain your predicament. If it is night and 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.
Common sense says: Whatever time of day or night, if you’re stalked, DO NOT ENTER A STRANGER’S HOUSE! God alone knows what kind of people are behind that door, and you might end up being in greater danger than before. The ATM suggestion is good, especially at night. If possible, get into a crowded public place, and lose your stalker here. It might help to alter your appearance (put on a cap, change your hairstyle, etc.) to put your stalker off the trail.
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About the Author
Shreeya Jayaraman is a patron of Survival Insticnts. She is a Biologist and MBA, who somehow ended up working in an IT company. She has a semi-fictional semi-factual blog about life in Chennai http://onlyinchennai.blogspot.in/
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