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International Women’s Day 2018: 5 safety tips for women


The last decade has seen a tremendous rise in the number of crimes against women, inspite of the formation of various effective rules and regulations by the Indian government to handle and control such crimes. The number of crimes like rape, female foeticide, kidnapping, molestation, etc, is disrupting the progression of the Indian society. According to a report released by the UN Human Rights Council, India witnessed one of the highest female infanticide incidents in the world in 2016. Hence it is critical that people start taking notice and act towards decreasing the number of crimes against women. While there are steps being taken to address this issue, here are some safety tips

Be aware:

Women must always be aware of their surroundings while travelling. Make note of the route you are taking. Make it a habit to pay attention to what is going on around. Avoid getting distracted and do not use your phone too much while travelling as it can break your concentration.

Be cautious while travelling:

While travelling by car, please ensure that all the doors are locked and the windows are rolled up. While travelling by public transport be alert, keep a map handy so that you exactly know the route which you’re taking. Another important thing women should keep in mind is to be confident and assertive at all times. Also, it advised not to wander in secluded areas at night.

Use the internet cleverly:

There are quite a few apps available on Android and iOS that ensure women safety.These apps are the fastest and easiest way to keep your near ones updated on your location as it incorporates features like GPS tracking. This can be of great help in case of an emergency. SOS- stay safe, Vith U, iFollow-Ladies safety, Nirbhaya are some apps available on the play stores.

Self- Defence:

This is incredibly important. One must hit the attacker in areas where it counts. Eyes, knees, throat and groin are very vulnerable and good places to gouge and kick. If you do decide to fight, make sure your first move is as forceful as possible.

Keep emergency numbers handy:

Keep emergency numbers like 100, 108, 102, 1298 Women Helpline etc, saved in the address book of your phone. It is imperative to keep emergency numbers handy. Every country has a set of local emergency numbers which you can dial in case you need help.

Many women are aware of the above mentioned guidelines and we urge them to put these tips into practice.

(Tips by Mr. Manish Sacheti, CFO, Ziqitza Healthcare Ltd)