Dear ladies, please take care!

Team WOWRAL Mar 04, 2016

Ladies beware!

Every day I switch on my tv, my laptop, read the newspapers; I always end up finding an article on either eve teasing, rape and sexual harassment. I can go on and on about that "particular" species of men, who are not worthy of being called humans, but I guess that is almost obvious. As people say, we need to think of solutions and not crib about the problems we already have. Here are some points that either I read somewhere or thought of and decided to pen down. Hope that you take a note of all of these, and help yourselves.

Avoid provocative dressing

Avoid provocative dressing

While going out make sure that you dress sensibly and not just with the mind of being 'IN'. Dress according to what suits your body type. And even if you find that it is ok, make sure that you are well prepared. Try carrying a stole- a help most of the times. In a society like ours, it is 'happening' to blame the girl for being too 'mauderrrn.' After all precaution is always better than repenting, in this case.

Late parties- are cool. But

Late parties- are cool. But

ONLY when you are with people who you know well or can trust. Avoid accepting any kind of drinks/ eatables from people you don't trust or are strangers. Remember, Mumma told to be away from strangers ;)

By this I do not mean to interfere in the 'cool things to do' of my and the next generation. But taking care is essential. The number of cases lodged after parties are on the increase.

Travelling late alone

Travelling late alone

Make sure that you are in the crowded part of the trains or buses when you are alone. Try talking to someone on phone and mention the places you pass through for her/ him to keep a track as well. Always try having a seat next to a family or a woman. One important thing- do not ever flirt with on phone when you are alone and clearly audible. You never know who is all ears upon your conversation and already making assumptions about you. If in case, it is a routine for you to travel late, don't ever change the route which your family/ friends already know about. Don't give a try to find out the 'andheri Ratlaam ki galiyon mein chale ja rahe hain' thing, even if it is a shortcut.

For those, who commute through cabs from their far off work places, jot down the important numbers to be contacted in times of trouble. Always maintain a diary at home and keep updating it from time to time.

Use benefits of crowd

Use benefits of crowd

Whenever some incident occurs with you, and you happen to be in some crowded area, do make a scene out of it. Let people know who the culprits are. Let them see the rage of public. Let them know what detoriating way it is to treat women.

Attitude- Having it is good. But where to use it is intelligence.

Attitude- Having it is good. But where to use it is intelligence.

Do not show off. Do not hurt somebody's ego. Take command of your own words. Being a woman, I can understand the importance of winning in an argument, but then it is always possible with sophistication and a little wise use of words.

Be alert- Be cautious.

Be alert- Be cautious.

Keep a track if someone is following you. Keep a watch on stalkers- even online. Do not just go about posting on how excited you are about going to some place or some party. You always have an option about posting it in past tense. Always, carry some safe knife/ pepper spray/ scissors with covers. After all, all those big handbags in vogue must serve a good purpose too.

Last, but not the least, be confident.

Last, but not the least, be confident.

The ones, who do such acts are least morally educated, have no values and no respect for women. Think of these specimens as useless crap, finding ways to irritate people. You are not some 'thing' to be played with. Maintain your dignity, keep your values high and always maintain a class. Fight back. Never ever think of backing from hurting someone when you are at stake. Because you are valuable and there are people, in love with you.

And lastly,

it is your life and you can take care of you.

Be safe and be smart.

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