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India's 1st woman commando trainer's tips to prevent rape

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By Abhijit C Chandra Bhopal | Sunday, Jan 12 2014 IST
A combination of avoidance, defence, offence and bluff by the fairer sex can go a long way in preventing sexual assaults, opines India's first woman commando trainer Dr Seema Rao who is a pioneer in Close Quarters Battle and coached the country's special forces personnel for more than one-and-a-half decades.

"No girl or woman should carry a weapon that she cannot wield adeptly as that may be employed against her. Women must try not to make eye contact with strangers as every form of interaction begins with that action," Dr Rao -- a seventh-degree black belt in military martial arts and a physician -- told UNI.

She and her husband Major Deepak Rao, an officer of the Indian Army's Parachute (Territorial Army) Regiment, were felicitated with the Ojaswini Ardhanarishwar Alankaran here today.

In case of rural females, when going to attend a call of nature, they should try to ensure that another woman or girl accompanies them besides avoiding isolated areas. Carrying a stick or chilli powder are also options. Going to the toilet in twos or threes is done in Bharat Scouts and Guides and National Cadet Corps camps.

"Do not be overly aggressive to a stranger over phone as that invites retaliation. Simply disconnect the line and place the number in the 'junk' category. In a face-to-face confrontation, bluffing can be a good tactic and the woman may pose as the daughter or wife of a bigwig," said Dr Rao who earned her Para Wings by skydiving in an Indian Air Force course. More UNI AC PA RK1850 NNNN

-- (UNI) -- 12DR48.xml

 
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